• Procurement & Operations Specialist - Eastern and Northern Ontario Regions

    Job Locations CA-ON-Sault Ste. Marie
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    Procurement & Purchasing
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  • 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 Procurement & Operations Specialist will lead the Procurement and Operational Performance efforts for Northern Ontario ACM, slag, as well as the cement terminals in this market. Operational procurement teams are responsible for tactical sourcing to contract activities (under $500k annual spend) in their local market areas, and spend above that level in close cooperation with Category Managers.  Operational procurement also acts as a cross functional interface with the business lines to drive professionalization, digitalization, 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 local GM, operations managers, plant managers, and requisitionners.


    In addition, the incumbent is responsible for supporting the Northern Ontario ACM Market with operational performance for the area. The primary focus is analysis of operational effectiveness and efficiency with a goal to identify areas of concern and/or opportunity. The Procurement & Operations Specialist is responsible for providing key operational data and analysis for use in operational decision making for the market area.  He/she will be responsible for information regarding operational cost & variance analysis and forecast preparation, consumption tracking (i.e. labour, fuel, and energy), capital spending status, and key performance indicators.



    • 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.
    • Conduct ad hoc regional projects in safety and operational efficiency.


    Operational Procurement

    • Lead the Northern Ontario operational procurement efforts and ensure efficient integration of these efforts within both the Canada Procurement Organization and the local businesses.
    • Drive for savings and working capital target improvements in conjunction with the Operational Procurement Manager and the category management team.
    • Under the guidance of the Operational Procurement Manager, 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.
    • Responsible for driving compliance with Avetta and provide support to vendors as required.
    • Attend to procurement challenges raised by the business, devise cross-functional solutions in consultation with the Operational Procurement Manager and execute on these solutions.
    • Negotiate contracts in close coordination with the Operational Procurement Manager and Category Management for local volumes, processes, quality levels and prices.
    • Interface with NABS to drive operational discipline and results on P2P and AP workflow.
    • Provide professional procurement coaching to business resources on a frequent basis.
    • Drive the realization of savings, supply efficiency, quality, and process improvements within market to be in line with regional and global strategies.
    • Under the guidance of the Operational Procurement Manager, ensure timely and accurate incorporation of procurement objectives into the product line budgets and objectives each year.
    • Under the guidance of the Operational Procurement Manager, manage the operational and tactical procurement of goods and services categories in accordance with category strategy, as well as applicable policies, procedures and specifications.
    • Identify saving opportunities and initiate individual projects and initiatives at all operational levels in the market.
    • 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 transformation and digitalization of processes in Northern Ontario (eRFX, % Automation).
    • Ensure locally generated savings are reported as required, and according to category guidelines.
    • Measure performance through tracking results & KPI’s according to existing templates.
    • Ensure execution of Canada Procurement strategy as required and agreed. Where compliance is an issue, find and eliminate root causes.
    • Assure compliance with applicable laws, ethical standards, policies and codes of business conduct.
    • Other duties as assigned by the Operational Procurement Manager


    Operational Performance:

    • Assists in the development, implementation and track production and shipping processes and strategies to achieve targeted Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and offer insights to driving operational efficiencies.  
    • Employs daily communication processes with Local Distribution, Supply Chain and Quality to drive group efficiencies, manage inventories and production performance. 
    • Assist in preparing data and analysis for the market area. 
    • Assist in preparing and tracking the operational action plans for the market area.
    • Identify cost savings opportunity within operating plants.
    • Ensures systems are in place to effectively and accurately monitor key consumption variables such as labor, energy and fuel. 
    • Participate in operations forecasting preparation to balance inventory and sales needs to manage cost of goods produced and working capital impact. 


    Relationship with Others:

    • Actively engage with the Operational Procurement Manager, General Managers, and their direct reports towards the successful coordination of combined objectives, transformational objectives, and procurement best practices implementation.
    • Works closely with Area & Operations Managers, Plant Managers/superintendents within market.
    • Direct cooperation with NABS 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


    Educational Background:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Engineering, Technician Two Year Degree, or Procurement Management Certification (CSCP/ISM/PMAC).
    • 2+ years of experience within building materials industry




    • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively/convincingly at all levels (including technical and operational) and with all functions.
    • Effective time management, planning and organization skills; ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities and drive tasks to completion in a fixed time-frame and in a pressured environment.
    • Ability to work with cross-functional teams and build relationships across multiple functions.
    • Ability to deal with ambiguities, conflicts and adversarial relationships.
    • Superior negotiation skills.
    • Proven ability in analysis and interpretation of data.
    • Proven ability to identify problems quickly, make sound judgments, establish and implement solutions.


    Job-Specific Competency Profile (Lominger):

    • Action oriented
    • Dealing with ambiguity
    • Motivating others
    • Business acumen
    • Drive for results
    • Conflict Management
    • Intellectual Horsepower
    • Dealing with Paradox
    • Customer Focus
    • Problem solving
    • Process Management
    • Time Management
    • Written Communications
    • Innovation Management
    • Organizing


    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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