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Job ID : 1247 

Closing Date : 01/28/2022

Job Category : Manufacturing 

Location : Corunna Site 


Who We Are:

NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures plastic resins and other petrochemical products that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees take pride in our focus on safety and social responsibility by working together to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability, ESG, and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

NOVA Chemicals helps shape a world where products vital to our health and happiness are even better tomorrow than they are today. We are seeking talented and passionate people who enjoy working in a collaborative, innovative environment to join our dynamic team. 


NOVA Chemicals’ Technical Procurement is a matrix organization focused and resourced on four core competencies: Strategic Sourcing, Contract Management, Procurement Operations, and Growth. 


The Strategic Sourcing team has a vacancy for a buyer whose primary focus is to participate/

lead development of category strategies for various category areas that lead to increased hard and soft value, considering the Total Cost of Ownership across NOVA and develop procurement-specific programs as a partner between Technical Procurement and the Business.



You Will Use Your Expertise To:

  • Develop enterprise-wide category strategies to achieve savings, generate value, and improve both quality and service levels by identifying areas of opportunity such as product standardization or supplier consolidation
  • Provide leadership to the business in the areas of strategy development, negotiation and contracting
  • Provide category expertise to the business, and seek expertise from the business, as required
  • Develop competitive bid documents through collaboration with stakeholders and content experts to support the agreed upon contracting strategies
  • Oversee category spend activity including purchase requests, to determine appropriate action plan (I.E., source strategically, source tactically, user purchase, etc.)
  • Drive standardization and use of procurement best practices
  • Partner with Category Managers to maintain competitive market data to ensure NOVA has an excellent understanding of the supply market, which will further be used for benchmarking and analysis  
  • Communicate market trends, risks, and opportunities to key stakeholders and work collaboratively to develop mitigating solutions for project vulnerabilities
  • Effectively work with business groups as a trusted advisor to determine desired product/service specifications and projected demand, when developing action plans
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to create innovative win-win customer and supplier strategies
  • Coordinate with fellow Strategic Sourcing Buyers to lead cross-functional teams and execute projects by assisting with sourcing strategy, negotiations, supplier selection, and overseeing contract execution
  • Execute SRM process including supplier stratification, governance, performance management, and development
  • Lead CI projects to improve supplier performance, innovation, and overall value
  • Proactively identify category specific opportunities and recommend key actions to the appropriate stakeholders
  • Participate or Lead improvement initiatives that maximize profitability, while working with stakeholders to develop sourcing strategy options and overall approach to the market


What We Are Looking For:

The successful candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, or Business Management with a minimum of 5+ years related experience and a progressive record of professional development OR a combination of post-secondary education and a Professional Designation (I.e. Certified Purchasing Manager, PMP, CSCMP) with 10+ years related experience in the following areas: Strategic Sourcing/Procurement, Performance Measurement, Contract Negotiation, Project Management, Category Management, Business Analysis, Spend Analysis, Supplier Relationship Management. Experience in SAP-ARIBA ERP system and e-sourcing tool and advanced MS Excel skills is considered a strong asset. The successful candidate must have at least 5 years of experience in the procurement of Materials and Services in a manufacturing and construction environment, handling specific categories including but not limited to: Fabrication & Materials, Professional Services, Property Services, and Gases, Lubricants & Oils.      


Additional required skills include:

  • In-depth knowledge and experience of strategic sourcing methodology with pragmatism to managing exceptions
  • Ability to form effective relationships with key resources under challenging deadlines and market conditions
  • Ability to develop category and sourcing strategies by identifying opportunities and value levers
  • Track record of effectively directing and leveraging procurement spend by leading enterprise-wide cross-functional teams
  • Experience managing and maintaining solid supplier relationships with a focus on safety and Responsible Care
  • Proven negotiation and contract management experience
  • Proficient in persuading/educating stakeholders on the various contract risks and mitigation approaches, along with realistic service levels and costs
  • Strong leadership presence coupled with effective conflict resolution skills
  • Strong interpersonal capabilities with ability to coach/develop peers on techniques and processes
  • Must possess strong organizational skills and the ability to lead high performance teams
  • Skilled in problem solving, reporting, and analytics (cost benefit, TCO)
  • Ability to apply change management and consulting skills/knowledge and expertise
  • Experience with procurement systems, data, and analytics
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint, PowerPoint, Power BI), and in Source-to-Pay tools (I.E., SAP MM, Ariba)
  • Strong presentation and communication skills, written and oral
  • Familiar with import / logistic requirements including Incoterms (materials) and work permits (services provided by foreign workers)
  • An ability to execute job responsibilities during period of moderate travel. This position will require 5%-10% travel with possible extended stays.


Additional Information:

  • Relocation will be considered for this position.
  • Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience.
  • This role requires up to 10% travel with possible extended stays.
  • The successful candidate is required to provide proof of a valid driver’s license.


Why NOVA Chemicals?

NOVA Chemicals’ flexible benefit programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees, because when it comes to benefits, everyone has different priorities. Our benefits offerings will vary based on your work location, and are an element of the “Total Rewards” package used to reward employees.


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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request.

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