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Senior Procurement Specialist - IT Sourcing

Location: 

Pickering, ON, CA, L1W 3J2

Req ID:  38933

Status: Regular Fulltime (Hybrid work arrangement)

Education Level: 4-year university degree in Engineering, Science, Computer Science, Business, Applied Science or Law.

Travel: 10%

Location: Pickering, Ontario

Deadline to Apply: May 29, 2022

 

OPG continues to set the bar for environmental protection, community involvement and economic impact—all while safely keeping the lights on.

Now we’ve set our sights on being a net-zero carbon company by 2040 and a catalyst to help the economies where we operate achieve net-zero by 2050.


OPG operates a diverse portfolio of generation assets including nuclear, hydroelectric, biomass and solar. We are also a clean tech leader and innovator, offering challenging and unique work opportunities. Help us use our power to change the world. 

 

In 2025, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is establishing a new corporate headquarters on a campus setting in the Municipality of Clarington located within Durham Region. The new campus will include the existing Darlington Energy Complex located just south of Highway 401 and a new building to be constructed on adjacent land presently owned by OPG.

 

BE THE GENERATION to help build a brighter tomorrow.

 

JOB OVERVIEW 

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is looking for dedicated and results driven individuals to join our team in the role of Senior Procurement Specialist – IT Sourcing based in Pickering, ON.   This role is eligible for hybrid work arrangements with up to two days working from home.  

 

Reporting to the Senior Manager, Supply Chain, the role of the Senior Procurement Specialist – IT Souring performs the planning, executing and co-ordinating technically complex procurement assignments for various IT goods and services, including: engineered products, technical services, through all phases of the procurement process, from procurement strategy development to on-time delivery.  The Senior Procurement Specialist IT Sourcing acts as the technical resource and provide guidance to clients and purchasing agents on Supply Chain governance and procedures and policies.
 

This is an exciting opportunity to work in an environment where you will contribute to OPG’s public outreach, engagement and education efforts as part of the company’s commitment to growing its social license.

 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES  

The Senior Procurement Specialist – IT Sourcing will carry out the following duties in order to plan, coordinate, and perform procurement assignments:

  • Issue requests for quotes and proposals and respond to vendor inquiries regarding supplier qualification procedures, tendering processes, contract standards, quality assurance programs and provide assistance to buyers and other procurement groups on technical matters including bid list preparation, safety, quality and regulatory requirements, surveillance assignments, acceptance criteria and testing.
  • Assess market conditions and available supply base to support review of the adequacy of competitive sources and recommend corrective action where sources are insufficient. Develop and execute a procurement strategy; taking into account the marketplace and the needs of the requisitioners and end-users.
  • Research and recommend sourcing strategies to the customer of how to go to market to leverage spend across the organization and implement the delivery model for the particular category across OPG.  
  • Review the adequacy of competitive sources and take corrective action where sources are insufficient. Develop and implement a procurement strategy taking into account the marketplace and the needs of the requisitioner and end user.
  • Investigate and assess industries' ability to meet specific Ontario Power Generation supply needs and develop new sources as required.
  • Perform a thorough evaluation of companies manufacturing facilities, financial health, safety record, service record, staffing and quality assurance programs, to establish capability, adequacy and experience for specific product lines and services.
  • Monitor suppliers' performance and provide assistance to new suppliers to be recommended for inclusion on future competitive bidding lists. Investigate unsatisfactory vendor performance and work with supplier to correct the situation, or as a last resort, arrange for the removal of the supplier from future bidding. Maintain current records on suppliers' capabilities and performance.
  • In all Sourcing Team situations, assemble the appropriate team members, lead the team at appropriate times to ensure Supply Chain accountabilities are met, and, overall, ensure governance related to Strategic Sourcing Teams is adhered to.
  • Prepare and review procurement documents ensuring resolution of any areas of concern or ambiguity, writing the technical specification when necessary. Establish that acceptable quality program levels are assigned and that clear acceptance criteria exist. Review specifications to ensure purchasing conditions conform to Supply Chain standards, policies, practices and jurisdictional requirements. Resolve areas of conflict whether in commercial, quality or technical areas.  
  • Evaluate incoming proposals and quotes for vendor exceptions. In the analysis of the proposals, consider quality assurance, technical specifications, delivery requirements, commercial variances, and vendor historical performance and capabilities, and other relevant factors. In conjunction with user and requisitioner, clarify vendor offerings and resolve non-conformances at pre-award meetings with vendors.
  • Ensure an understanding by the prospective vendor of Ontario Power Generation's needs and expectations. In conjunction with requisitioner, make award recommendations that ensure the best overall value for Ontario Power Generation while following good business practices and ethics. Prepare and approve contracts and amendments in accordance with the signing authority register.
  • Lead in establishing an acceptable supplier proposal with respect to the technical, commercial and quality specifications and recommend its acceptance to the requisitioner. Prepare documents to obtain purchasing approvals as required per the organization authority register.
  • Ensure the preparation or prepare the various purchasing documents such as commercial proposal reviews, price competition sheets, letters of intent, awards, purchase orders, and instruction notices. Arrange, as required, post-award meetings with suppliers and inspection to ensure a clear understanding of contractual responsibilities.
  • Prepare as required surveillance assignments based upon past experience and knowledge of product function, quality level, required level of reliability, maintainability, etc. Exercise judgement in balancing surveillance costs against probability and consequence of failure. Review and approve inspection plans, manufacturing schedules, and surveillance reports as required. Produce Product Verification Plans and Modification summaries as required.
  • Administer contracts to ensure contractual obligations are fulfilled, including reviewing claims, progress payments, and escalation claims on contracts to ensure they adhere to contract conditions including jurisdictional requirements and approve or recommend approval as required.  Take the lead in the resolution of disputes and claims. Ensure the necessary funding approval documents are developed and processed.
  • Ensure that suppliers have the requisite quality programs. Encourage and assist established and potential vendors in the development or improvement of quality assurance programs within their organization. Review and accept quality assurance manuals and program implementations.  Participate as required in audits of suppliers quality programs.
  • Monitor progress and resolve difficulties related to products and services during manufacture or at site. Liaise with company's personnel, Ontario Power Generation inspectors, requisitioners and Ontario Power Generation's legal, transportation, tax and labour relations staff. Initiate corrective action that best meets Ontario Power Generation needs. Resolve differences of opinion related to contract interpretation.
  • Assess vendor performance during the execution of work to ensure contractual requirements are being met and to establish a performance record to be used in the placing of future business. Assess construction and operating reports on performance, and update vendor performance databases.
  • Provide guidance to staff in the buying function assigned to assist in specified contracts and assignments. Provide technical guidance to other procurement departments, and inspection on request.
  • Perform administrative activities as required to ensure all files and maintenance of files are complete.

 

EDUCATION

  • 4-year university degree in Engineering, Science, Computer Science, Business, Applied Science or Law.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A minimum of 8+ years of demonstrated post graduate Procurement / Supply Chain experience, preferably specializing in IT strategic sourcing;
  • Subject matter expert (SME) with in-depth experience in Information Technology (IT) Strategic Sourcing and Category Management specifically related to Hardware, Software, and Telecom Categories;
  • Extensive knowledge and strong understanding of technology implementations, infrastructure technologies, methods and concepts, B2B licensing and service models; 
  • Comprehensive  knowledge and understanding of  key industry trends, best practices, and new technologies which impact the IT & Telecom Categories;
  • Strong knowledge of contracting and pricing models within IT & Telecom Categories;
  • Proven ability to establish relationships with strategic partners within key industry leading technology partners; 
  • Proven ability to establish and enhance relationships with key stakeholders within an organizations Information Technology (IT) department or any other supporting departments;
  • Design and execute strategies for IT hardware & software and Telecom technology-focused contracts including, but not limited to acquisitions, maintenance renewals, strategic cost optimization and terms & conditions improvements and standardizations;
  • Collaborate with IT department stakeholders, as well as other supporting departments stakeholders on long-term strategic initiatives as well as immediate growth priorities and meeting cost reduction targets;
  • Driving continuous improvement within the Strategic Sourcing & Category Management Organization for IT & Telecom Categories;
  • Leading cross functional teams through sourcing initiatives for products and services within the IT & Telecom Categories;
  • Utilize advanced IT and Telecom industry knowledge to implement effective negotiation strategies; coordinate and lead execution of strategic contract negotiations; and
  • Managing and optimizing supplier performance, including contract compliance, continuous improvement, innovations, and reduced total cost of ownership for IT & Telecom Categories.

 

The successful candidate will exhibit uncompromising integrity and commitment to upholding corporate values, and the OPG Code of Business Conduct.

 

WHY OPG?

As Ontario’s largest clean energy generator, OPG offers an exciting combination of challenging opportunities and career diversity in a fast-paced work environment. Being an OPG employee means you can apply your knowledge, broaden your skills and make a valuable contribution to an organization that is vital to the province’s wellbeing.  At OPG, our values are our strengths.  They are fundamental truths about our organization that don’t change.  Safety. Integrity. Excellence. People and Citizenship.  

 

Here's why OPG might just be the ideal workplace for you:

  • Exceptional range of opportunities province-wide
  • Long-term career growth and development opportunities
  • Electricity is vital to the province and OPG’s clean electricity is helping decarbonize other sectors.

 

If you are looking to learn from others and be part of something important, and you are excited about the future of power generation, you will find the right fit at OPG.

 

Our promise to you:

  • We care about the safety and the well-being of our employees. It is our utmost priority.
  • A supportive work environment where you can be your best every day.
  • Opportunities to stretch and develop.
  • Offer different ways for you to give back to communities where we operate.
  • Partner with Indigenous communities and support local businesses.
  • We support employment equity, diversity and inclusion.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit your application online at https://jobs.opg.com/ by 11:59 PM E.S.T., May 29, 2022.  OPG thanks all those who apply; however, only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

OPG is committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment where all employees feel valued, respected, and supported. If you require accommodation during the application or interview process, please advise us as soon as possible so appropriate arrangements can be made.

If you require information in a format that is accessible to you, please contact AODA@opg.com

 

 

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