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Job Summary

  • Company: Seaspan ULC
  • Location: North Vancouver, BC V7P2R1
  • Job Status/Type: Full Time, Employee
Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards has been selected under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) to be Canada’s long-term partner for the building of Non-Combat vessels. This multi-billion dollar program will create stable work over the next decade and beyond, and see the construction of up to 17 ships to start (three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels, one Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel, one Polar Icebreaker, two Joint Support Ships, five Medium Endurance Multi-Tasked Vessels and five Offshore Patrol Vessels). 

Seaspan has invested $200 million into modernizing the shipyard facilities and has resulted in the completion of four new fabrication buildings, a 300-ton shipbuilding gantry crane and load-out pier. 

Your Future Career Opportunity

The Senior Sourcing and Contracts Specialist is responsible for strategic sourcing, contracting and supplier management initiatives across all Seaspan business units.  This role supports Corporate Supply Chain Management initiatives through the development of bid strategies; management of the competitive bidding process; and the preparation, review and analysis of tenders/RFP’s/RFQ’s.  The successful candidate will focus on working with internal client groups to uncover, develop and deliver corporate-led sourcing programs designed to deliver benefits to the organization by leveraging cross-business unit spend and Seaspan ULC’s position in the marketplace.  This role is also responsible for managing the contract drafting, development, review, negotiation, management, renewals and administration as related to the procurement of goods and services. The role will require a significant amount of supplier qualification and development activities.

The Senior Sourcing and Contracts Specialist reports to the Manager, Supply Chain Management and has no direct reports.


Execute strategic sourcing and contracting initiatives, including, but not limited to:
  • Strategic sourcing, market analysis and risk mitigation strategy development
  • Determination and application of appropriate competitive bid methods to ensure bid processes are conducted in a fair, timely and legal manner while mitigating Seaspan’s exposure to risk;
  • RFP/RFQ/RFX development, tendering, and tender process management and administration from inception to completion;
  • Lead significant negations with key suppliers which become strategic and leverage Seaspan’s buying position across business units;
  • Terms & Conditions review and negotiations;
  • Implement Contractual Agreements reflecting all agreed pricing, schedules, payment terms and conditions;
  • Execute, implement and administer contracts/purchase orders and evaluates supplier performance;

Identifying opportunities, development, leading and implementing strategic sourcing requirements, including, but not limited to:
  • Utilizing cost-befit analysis to assess strategic sourcing opportunities that enhance cost reduction and better services;
  • Analysing spending patterns and business processes and recommend changes contributing to cost/operational efficiency;
  • Working directly with internal client groups to identify procurement needs, sourcing opportunities and contract management support requirements

Providing leadership and technical expertise on corporate supply chain management activities, including, but not limited to:
  • Providing leading-edge sourcing and contracting advice to internal customers;
  • Providing guidance to operational procurement staff on appropriate strategies for complex situations;
  • Ensuring the integration of procurement services processes across Seaspan and extended business partners (suppliers, customers, finance, operations, legal, risk, etc.);
  • Coaching and mentoring on supply chain management best practices; including best-in-class research from various industries on processes, tools, and technologies;
  • Supporting the development of supply chain management training materials; and

Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience
  • A Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, law or a related discipline;
  • Completion of Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC)  education program for the new Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) or (former) Certified Professional Purchaser (CPP) designation, or American Purchasing Society or The Association for Operations Management (APICS) CPIM program is preferred;
  • A minimum of 7 years’ experience in supply chain management with a combination of operational procurement and corporate experience for strategic sourcing. This experience includes managing projects (major change initiatives – organizational, process, IT, etc.),
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience managing/leading cross-functional business teams in strategic sourcing, sourcing, contract management, supplier relationship management, and supplier development; and/or equivalent combination of education and demonstrated experience.

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies
  • Expert knowledge in strategic sourcing, contracting, contract law, competitive bidding, supplier development, negotiation, and contracts administration/management;
  • Strong demonstrated knowledge of best practices in supply chain management, procurement, material management, inventory control, distribution and logistics;
  • Strong demonstrated knowledge of complex negotiation practices, principles and strategies;
  • Strong demonstrated knowledge of Quality Assurance/Control, ISO and DND standards in supply chain management;
  • Strong demonstrated knowledge of analytical techniques and financial concepts to define and solve complex problems;
  • Strong knowledge of the manufacturing industry (shipbuilding preferred) and/or transportation industry (marine preferred);
  • Strong skills in developing creative and innovative strategies for bids, contracts vendor/customer relationships;
  • Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills (internal and external); and
  • An ability to work independently.

On offer to you
Seaspan can provide you with a rewarding and challenging career building state-of-the-art ships, and an attractive remuneration package with pension contributions, medical and dental benefits and a fitness membership for all permanent employees. A relocation package and work permit sponsorship (if required) will be offered to candidates to ensure a smooth transition to Vancouver, a city that has consistently been rated amongst the top 3 most livable cities in the world.

Seaspan is a progressive employer with a collaborative culture that supports health, safety and diversity. Seaspan encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons and persons with disabilities. 

Note: Unsolicited applications from recruitment agencies will not be accepted.
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Seaspan is an association of Canadian companies primarily involved in coastal marine transportation, shipdocking/ship escort, ship repair and shipbuilding services in Western North America. In addition to the marine transportation services offered directly through Seaspan, commercial ferry, shipyard and bunkering services are provided via affiliate companies: Marine Petrobulk, Seaspan Ferries, Vancouver Drydock, Vancouver Shipyards and Victoria Shipyards.

seaspan-job summary
  • Job Category: Logistics/Transportation
  • Occupation: Supplier Management/Vendor Management
  • Industry: Marine Mfg & Services
  • Work Experience: 5+ to 7 Years
  • Education Level: Bachelor's Degree
  • Career Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)
  • Posted: 21/04/2017
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