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Reporting to the Manager, Procurement and Business Systems the Buyer will be responsible for sourcing a wide variety of technical and non-technical parts, inventory and services within company policies, procedures and governance.

The successful candidate will be part of the BC Government Employees Union (BCGEU).


  • Source and negotiate parts from various vendors and subcontractors for operating railway systems.
  • Ensure quality and delivery targets are met by vendors and subcontractors.
  • Establish blanket contracts and follow up on renewal of the expiring contracts.
  • Month end reconciliation of PO’s and Contracts.
  • Develop and implement cost reduction plans in conjunction with suppliers, subcontractors, Engineering and other departments.
  • Build trust and credibility with suppliers and internal stakeholders.
  • Develop, approve and manage supplier relationships with multi-tiered partner- suppliers.
  • Assist with and ensure stakeholder satisfaction.
  • Conduct global searches and penetrate new markets for procuring quality parts and services.
  • Prepares customs documentation on foreign shipments; Coordinates with broker, vendor, and revenue Canada in information exchange to help resolve problems and expedite delivery.
  • Provide procurement services in compliance with all purchasing policies (Bill 198, OHS, ISO9001, ISO14001, Code of Ethics etc.)
  • Make timing and quantity purchasing decisions based on General Procurement policy.
  • Administration of non-conforming items such as warranty claims with suppliers; contacting supplier/manufacturer to get Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number.
  • Maintains accurate, accessible and complete records of contracts in Business Systems.
  • Accountable for Supply Agreement / Contract Management Plans to ensure all aspects of the contracts are met.
  • Reviews and provides input on scopes of work and drafts RFP documentation and conducts the tender process up to award and implementation.
  • Update inventory item master in JDE, review reordering points and issue replenishment PO.
  • Maintain suppliers, add parts in Business Systems and prepares documentation.
  • Perform buy/repair analysis and assist in automation initiatives to support procurement strategies.
  • Control, evaluate and improve vendor performance.
  • Coordinate contract terms and conditions, vendor and contractor remuneration, and contract change orders.
  • Create, issue and expedite purchase orders, documentation and inspection packages (both internally and externally.)
  • Work with internal stakeholders to ensure contracts and PO requirements are adhered to on a daily basis.
  • Maintain current knowledge of procurement market trends and recommends changes to the purchasing procedures.
  • Maintains current knowledge of federal and provincial tax legislation related to purchasing with a current knowledge of import and export requirements including customs documentation, duty charges, product classifications and brokerage and transportation regulations and services.
  • Assist Accounting Department to reconcile invoices discrepancies and generate KPI.
  • Coordinate transportation and logistics in warehouse as required.
  • Review received material packages in our warehouse for completeness.
  • Ensure all work is completed with safety of paramount concern.
  • Conduct inventory cycle counts and period inventory counts.
  • On a relief basis, performs the duties of the stores person.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • PMAC/SCMP designation is preferred.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Business/Engineering or Information Systems.
  • 5+ yerars Buyer experience is required.
  • Results driven purchasing professional with an engineering background.
  • Minimum of 8 to 10- years of experience in railway/transportation/power/utility industry as a Buyer, preferably in e-commerce internet businesses, account management, and/or professional services environments.
  • Meticulous, organized, detail-oriented, strong blend of business acumen approach to work and strong technical background.
  • Tenacious with the drive to deliver best in class performance.
  • Excellent negotiation, strong verbal and written communications, interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Effective multi-tasking with excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Strong financial, continuous improvement and market analysis skills.
  • Proficient with ERP systems such as Oracle/SAP and Logistics knowledge.
  • Proficient in MS Office and SharePoint.
  • Successful track record dealing with suppliers, subcontractors, and cost reduction strategies.
  • Experience in analyzing terms and conditions.
  • Confidence and enthusiasm when communicating with suppliers and internal stakeholders.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and on own initiative to meet deadlines within a team environment is paramount.
  • Ability to handle multiple, competing priorities, meet deadlines, manage risk, and troubleshoot problems.
  • Experience in competitive bidding project execution.
  • Basic knowledge of accounting principles.
  • Quick learner, detail oriented with strong planning and analytical skills.
  • Valid Class 5 unrestricted driver's license.
  • Forklift license is an asset.
  • A combination of education and experience may also be considered.


Hourly Rate of Pay

$36.72 / hour


The masculine gender is used only to simplify the wording.

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