Reporting to the Sourcing Operations Manager or the Operating Services Manager in Hydro One Supply Chain, the Buyer is responsible for purchasing a broad range of product categories and services for the Line of Business where the procurement issues are primarily commercial.
Participate in procurement activities including the execution and developing of RFx’s, procurement strategy development, supplier evaluations, and negotiations, awarding of contracts and the set up of Purchase Orders. Accountable to execute within the scope of Hydro One procurement policies and procedures. Should be able to clearly articulate buyer guidelines to a wide range of internal clients.
The role requires the buyer to research and identify potential Vendors utilizing approved sourcing tools (i.e. Ariba Sourcing, Discovery and Contract Management).
Ability to collect relevant information required to prepare and execute purchase orders
Keep abreast of changing market conditions in the categories assigned, and when required keep internal & external stakeholders informed of significant situations.
Assist with keeping the potential supplier data base current and in sourcing and qualifying additional suppliers
Perform commercial evaluations of potential suppliers and refer technical items to the appropriate internal specialists for evaluation and qualification
Negotiate with successful proponents to improve Hydro One’s productivity savings objectives and mitigate risk to the enterprise.
Assess the procurement options at Hydro One and make recommendations to the line of business for category sourcing strategies such as requests for quotations, information, and pricing
Selection Criteria Essential Knowledge:
Sourcing and Procurement: Requires 6+ years of procurement experience with various commercial practices (RFx Development and Execution, quotations, sourcing events, proposals, purchases approvals and administration of contracts etc.)
Strong knowledge of the fundamentals of category management and an exposure to a wide range of categories including equipment, materials, construction services, and services. Solid knowledge of contract law, materials forecasting, duties and taxes, insurance, foreign exchange and terms of payment would be an asset.
Knowledge of mathematics and basic financial practices and procedures to perform commercial evaluations, assign taxes and duties.
Procurement Strategies and Procedures: Understanding Procurement Policies and Procedures, and the nature and interrelation of the division’s operations, requisitioning sources, and the vendor community.
Negotiation: Requires strong negotiating skills to negotiate contracts with suppliers, and in establishing and maintaining good relationships with internal requisitioners and the Supplier community.
Spot Buying: Ability to service and procure services and products in time sensitive situations
Customer Service: Ability to respond to customer inquiries and complaints in a constructive manner by taking active steps to address and solve problems.
Sourcing and Procurement systems / tools: Experience working with (i.e. Ariba Sourcing and Contract Management tools) and Microsoft Office tools including Excel and Word.
If you share our passion for safety, our customer service focus, and are ready to play a lead role in building a bright future, we would love to hear from you!
Thank you for considering this opportunity and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates. If you are being considered for an interview or other assessment one of our Recruitment Consultants will be in touch. Furthermore, if you are being considered for an interview and require special accommodations please let us know. Finally, short-listed candidates will be asked to pass a reliability check (which could include criminal background check, driver’s license abstract, education verification, etc.) prior being offered a job at Hydro One.
Deadline: January 21, 2019
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