Lead Buyer (MT0522, FIN2D, GR4)

Job Category: 
Term positions for management and excludeds

Position Context:

Working in tandem with the “Lead Buyer, Capital Projects Management and Building Operations”, lead the procurement process for Capital Projects Management contracts in accordance with the University’s Procurement Policy.  The role of Capital Projects Management is to lead and direct construction and renovation projects to be performed on McGill property or in McGill facilities and to provide the liaison between the members of the University community and the professionals and contractors operating in the construction industry.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Perform front-end procurement activities, including market research, calls for tenders (CFT’s) and contract negotiations, in close collaboration with the internal stakeholders;
  • Act as compliance officer with respect to the Procurement Policy and related procedures and, in particular, ensure that the principles of integrity, equity, accountability and sustainability are respected throughout the procurement cycle;
  • Responsible, through due diligence market research and cooperative benchmarking, for the identification, development and management of contractors under the assigned client portfolio, with a strong emphasis on quality and cost efficiency;
  • Consolidate quality, cost and delivery requirements, and upon appropriate tendering and/or negotiations, issue purchase orders to the contractors;
  • Perform back-end procurement activities, including appropriate reporting to the audit committee and to government;
  • Monitor the contracts throughout their term. Survey compliance and contractor performance;
  • Intervene in supplier disputes regarding damage claims, rejections, loss, return of materials, over-shipments, cancellations and purchase order change requests;
  • Advise clients/management in continuous improvement in regard to the organization, structure, processes and tools surrounding the procurement cycle;
  • Liaise with Legal Services for all aspects of contract management, as required.


Undergraduate degree

Three (3) years' related experience



Five (5) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities:

Undergraduate degree in a related field with 4+ years as a procurement professional in senior roles OR as Certified Professional Purchaser with an emphasis on targeted cost reductions, public tendering, bid evaluation, and contract management. Astute understanding of procurement best practices; Customer oriented with a focus on problem solving; Strong knowledge and ability to interpret the applicable laws (an Act Respecting Contracting by Public Bodies and its Regulations); ability to work under stringent timelines while making sound decisions on behalf of Procurement in a timely manner; Assertiveness and professionalism; Ability to lead and coordinate multiple procurement activities and projects; Sound judgment and good business sense when managing internal and external stakeholders; Excellent analytical and project management skills; Proven strong negotiation and effective communication skills; Experience with common business software; Understanding of University culture, policies and procedures is an asset; Industry and contracting knowledge in areas such as promotional, marketing, events, affinity and engagement services related to higher education is considered an asset; Lean – Six Sigma training an asset. Fluently bilingual (English and French), strong verbal and written skills.

How to Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to Financial Services at hr.finserve [at] mcgill.ca.

The deadline to apply for this position is July 19, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*

We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, Financial Services will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

Employment Equity:

McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, Professor Angela Campbell, Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies) at angela.campbell [at] mcgill.ca or 514-398-1660.

Financial Services
Procurement Services
Salary Range: 
(Grade 04) $50,800 - $63,500 (midpoint) - $82,600
One (1) year
Reporting to: 
Associate Director, Procurement
Reference no.: