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Strategic Procurement Manager Job

DATE POSTED: Jul 22,2017

Carseland, AB

CATEGORY : Supply Chain


JOB ID: 2017-5642

FULL JOB TITLE: Manager, Procurement and Warehouse

Manager, Strategic Procurement

If you live safety always and everywhere and have a strong desire to build a better tomorrow then look to the company who helps feed the world.

Cultivating Excellence is Agrium’s culture of ownership and joint accountability. At its heart, Cultivating Excellence is aboutachieving superior results with integrity together, connecting and collaborating across the entire organization.

While we have great people, it is not just about that; it’s the ability to own your own engagement, the opportunity to be innovative. It’s the opportunity to grow and develop your career in ways you never imagined while teaming up with people with a passion to make a difference in the world.

Who You Will Work With

You will work daily beside teams of people who will care about your safety on the job and at home. Together, you will have a Commitment to Zero and follow our 3 Safety Principles: Do It safely or not at all, There is always time to do it safely, and Care for each other’s health, safety and security.

Your team will bring out the best in you by enabling you to achieve goals and reach your full potential. You will own your own work and find innovative ways to deliver on our vision of feeding the world responsibly while working along beside 15,000 people around the globe who care about you.

Reporting to the Senior Director, Strategic Procurement, the Manager, Strategic Procurement is responsible for the following:

Key Tasks:

  • Leading the Strategic Procurement Team, comprising of Buyers and Warehouse personnel, to implement best practices

  • Strategic Supply and management of goods and services

  • Establish aligned yearly goals and objectives for the department and personnel.

  • Department finance budget development/cost control and monthly reporting.

  • Work with the business lines and corporate office on projects, strategic initiatives, resource planning and business plans.

  • Lead continuous improvement for procurement, materials management, and inventory control

  • Manage VMI inventories/replenishment for customers

  • Lead the Site Strategic Procurement Team (SP), Buyers and Warehouse personnel to implement best practices through SAP business and standards.

  • Ensure that the Strategic Procurement Team has the skills/capability required to make strategic sourcing recommendations to our business customers.

  • Work as an active participant on the Services Management Team.

  • Manage the team’s development by providing opportunities, encouraging both personnel and professional growth.

  • Ensure the Strategic Procurement Team conducts all business matters in a highly professional, ethically, honest and fairness to our suppliers and customers.

  • Manage Strategic Procurement operations to support operating unit maintenance turn arounds and execution.

The Ideal Candidate

Outside of the skills and necessary qualifications, our ideal candidate must be committed to sustaining our safe and positive work environment while having the ability to embrace working side by side others in a diverse culture. Culture at Agrium is the core of everything we do and our candidate must be respectful of diverse opinions and views.


  • Inculcate Safety and cultivating excellence culture.

  • Leads and manages the site Strategic Procurement Teams for effectiveness and efficiencies. Creating a competitive environment resulting in generating cost savings to achieve best value of each dollar spent.

  • Performance management and Establish aligned yearly goals and objectives for the department and personnel (performance based leadership).

  • Provides a high level of procurement support for projects such as turnarounds and other capital projects. Includes a strong working knowledge of the business unit’s requirements and further interfacing with the Contract and Project Buyer to develop the best overall purchasing strategy for these projects.

  • Manages and ensures a high level of service to meet customer requirements by ensuring all purchasing procedures are performed as per the site and Corporate Supply Management policies.

  • With limited supervision applies subject matter expertise to a broad range of technical reports/analysis /transactions common to the unit's mandate, processes and programs. Seeks assistance related to complex or unusual situations.


  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and or Purchasing Post-Secondary training.
  • CPM or CSPM designation or working towards designation.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in procurement, materials and warehouse management
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a leadership role preferably in an Operations Environment.
  • Procurement and contract management experience as a leader
  • Warehouse and inventory management experience
  • Extensive knowledge of SAP Material Management, procurement and warehousing would be an asset.
  • Supervisor requires an experienced professional with extensive Manufacturing, Procurement, Contract, Inventory and Warehouse Management. SAP, and business systems knowledge/skills.

  • People leader with excellent leadership skills able to work in fast pace and high pressure working environment

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, planning, problem solving, and organizational skills.

  • Working knowledge of computer tools (data base, MS Word, Excel).

  • Must have excellent time management skills to prioritize activities in a dynamic operating environment

  • Must demonstrate strong relationship building with internal and external customers and peers.

  • Must possess a high level of ownership.

  • Lean training or understanding of Lean principles would be considered an asset.

Why Agrium?

Winning together; Our Cultivating Excellence culture coupled with great people and delivering superior results with integrity is what sets Agrium apart from other career opportunities. We’re dedicated to winning together and that is what consistently makes Agrium an award winning company, listed as one of the best places to work both in Canada and the U.S.

Agrium’s organizational culture promotes sustainability and innovation, with a vision to help ‘feed the world’ in ways that protect the environment, support economic vitality, and enhance communities.

Agrium is committed to creating a diverse workplace and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons, and veterans.

Those interested in this challenging opportunity please apply in confidence directly While we appreciate all applications we receive, we advise that only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

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