• Director, Operational Procurement, WCAN

    Job Locations CA-AB-Calgary
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Procurement & Purchasing
    Product Line
    20 - 50%
  • Why work for Lafarge?

    Lafarge in Canada is proud to provide construction solutions in the buildings, infrastructure and industrial segments. These solutions are built with high performance products from our cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete, asphalt and road construction, and concrete products divisions.  From the use of alternative materials and recycling to renewable energy, Lafarge's focus is to develop innovative products that can contribute toward sustainably constructed building solutions.  Lafarge takes personal growth and development to heart, and provides resources for our employees to take control of their own careers. Through our commitment to communities, to the health and safety of our employees and their families, or through the many volunteer hours of our employees, Lafarge demonstrates our care for people. If you want to work in an environment that values hard work, entrepreneurship, and collaborative teamwork, Lafarge is for you.   Building Better Cities is what we do. Come Build a Better Career with us!  More information can be found at .



    The successful candidate will lead the Operational Procurement team and act as category manager for the Power, Gas and Solid Fuel categories in WCAN.    Operational procurement teams are responsible for tactical source to contract activities (under $500k annual spend) in their local market areas.  Operational procurement also acts as a cross functional interface with the business lines to drive professionalization and modernization of the procurement function at the local level.  This individual will be required to lead initiatives through sourcing activities, strategies, management, and goal setting/coaching of procurement professionals. In addition, the incumbent will lead all activities relating to Power, Gas and Solid Fuels Category.



    • Serve as a role model in the areas of safety, leadership, teamwork, customer focus, and continuous improvement to ensure alignment with the company’s vision and critical success factors.
    • Demonstrate a commitment to communicating, improving and adhering to Health & Safety policies and practices in all work environments and areas.
    • Support local businesses with CSM compliance and training, and third party pre-qualification platform process simplification and accountability on deliverables.

    Operational Procurement:

    • Lead the Western Canada operational procurement organization and ensure efficient integration of that team within both the Canada Procurement Organization and the local businesses.
    • Drive for savings and working capital target improvements in conjunction with the category management team which are aligned with each GM/Plant Manager targets
    • Direct business lines towards improved operational discipline in procurement processes (POATF, Buyways, eCatalogs, Pcard Policy and other).
    • Drive for efficiency and simplification of processes along with the Canada Process and Performance management team, the Canada Project and Development team, and NABS regarding automation and digital transformation.
    • Attend to procurement challenges raised by senior operational management, devise cross-functional solutions and execute on these solutions.
    • Clarify roles and responsibilities for Canada Procurement, NABS, and Operations.
    • Interface with NABS to drive operational discipline and results on P2P and AP workflow.
    • Provide professional and development/coaching to procurement resources on a frequent basis.
    • Interact and promote efficient teamwork with the Canada Category Management team, the Canada Process and Performance management team, and the Canada Project and Development team regarding procurement strategies, best practices, savings opportunities, implementation requirements, and resource requirements.
    • Ensure timely and accurate incorporation of procurement objectives into the product line budgets and objectives each year.
    • Manage the operational and tactical Procurement of goods and services categories in accordance with category strategy, as well as applicable policies, procedures and specifications
    • Act as the point of contact between country Category Management and operations and support implementation (as required)
    • Drive the realization of savings, supply efficiency, quality, and process improvements in Country, in line with regional and global strategies.
    • Identify saving opportunities and initiate individual projects and initiatives at all operational levels
    • Negotiate in close coordination with Category Management for local volumes, processes, quality levels and prices.
    • Manage Operational and NABS performance on internal control cycle activities for the P2P process, AP Workflow, and Buyways including processes, and control, systems and tools, master data, policies and procedures, training and communication.
    • Enables improvements in processes and controls while maintaining alignment and standardization where possible.
    • Drive and lead process improvement plan in each market based on SAP benchmarking on P2P KPI

    Category Management:

    • Participate in regional or global category teams to ensure the successful implementation of strategy and achievement of targets and results for Solid Fuels, Gas and Power
    • Represent Canada as a member of the regional or global category teams to establish strategies and initiatives and Solid Fuels, Gas and Power
    • Drive initiatives and projects, identify and remove potential barriers to success.
    • Align with Group Energy Policy including Hedging Policy
    • Lead benchmarking with external companies to drive competitive advantage
    • Ensure Country strategies are integrated and in alignment with the country, regional and global category approach.
    • Align stakeholders through change management
    • Ensure the implementation and tracking of performance indicators and achieved results.
    • Assume full accountability for delivering targeted bottom line results for each category
    • Provide regular reports and updates to local, regional and/or global governing bodies (councils) as required.
    • Ensure that own Country(ies) execute the category strategy and actions as required and agreed. Where compliance is an issue, find and eliminate root causes
    • Initiating and supporting the RFx processes locally as defined by strategy
    • Engage in negotiations where possible but also support operations where reciprocal relationships are in place to support negotiations
    • Issue benchmarking to help operational procurement benchmarking. Efficiently and effectively communicate with Western Canada Executive Team with respect to volatile commodities (coal, natural gas, pet coke, etc.).
    • Facilitate the development of the annual business growth plan, and conduct monthly and annual reports, on the effectiveness of category management strategies, as well as product mix (P&L, penetration, sales growth, etc.).
    • Manage various activities of the procurement organization, including strategic sourcing, savings reporting, hedging, procurement system, and special projects as required.
    • Design, develop and execute the strategy for complex/high volume Power, Gas and Solid Fuels categories and drive the realization of cost savings while maintaining quality and efficiency required in to service customers and alignment with Lafarge priorities.
    • Secure best supply options while minimizing risks of supply chain for newly sourced items and negotiate agreements with the current supply base as well as new / potential suppliers.

    Relationship with Others:

    • Actively engage with the Head of Canada Procurement, Product Line General Manager’s and their direct reports towards the successful coordination of combined objectives and procurement best practices implementation.
    • Indirect report to Zone category managers for Power, Gas and Solid Fuels Categories.
    • Direct cooperation with NABS Director of P2P, Master Files and AP Workflow teams.
    • Direct cooperation with technical specialists in the definition of specifications.
    • Direct cooperation with Canada Category Management team, Canada Process and Performance management team, and the Canada Project and Development team.
    • 5-10 direct reports embedded in operations.


    • External annual spend of $1500M to $2000M in Canada
    • For WCAN the total spend is 900 MM o/w 100 MM is Power & Gas


    Educational Background:

    • MBA or Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Engineering with professional designation in Procurement Management Certification (ISM/PMAC) or other (i.e. P Eng, CPA, CMA, CA)


    • Over ten years of successful leadership experience
    • Ability to influence and develop others
    • Ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships
    • Possess strong negotiation and influencing skills
    • Ability to drive and lead effective change in a complex multi-product line environment
    • Possess superior communication skills (written, verbal, presentation)
    • Prior experience negotiating complex contracts (e.g. multi-site, significant value, etc.)
    • Experience people manager, coach, and leader (indirect/direct reports)
    • Analytical, goal driven, customer focused, and business savvy
    • Adaptable to various business cultures.


    Why work for us?


    Working for Lafarge offers a wide variety of career opportunities that utilize your abilities and skills to contribute to a better world. In addition to local and global developmental opportunities, we provide employees with competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits plan, a health & wellness program with financial incentives, an extensive global e-learning platform and much more!  More information can be found at:

    We thank you for your interest.  Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  Lafarge is committed to the principles of employment equity and encourages the applications from women, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities.


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