Purchasing Agent, Procurement (up to 2)

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Job Title:
Purchasing Agent, Procurement (up to 2)
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Job Category:
Financial Services
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Job Type:
Full Time
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Hours of Work:
35 hrs/wk
$25.96 - $31.77/Hour
Date Posted:
March 16, 2023
Closing Date:
April 10, 2023

Opening Statement

We acknowledge that the City of Kingston is situated on traditional Anishinabek (Ah- nish-in-ah-bay), Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-o-show-nee) and Huron-Wendat (huron-wen·dat) territory and is the home of many Indigenous peoples. We are grateful to reside and work on this land.

Kingston is a smart, livable city in the heart of eastern Ontario. Its stable and diversified economy includes global corporations, innovative start-ups and all levels of government. Kingstonians enjoy a high quality of life with access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities.

We take our core values of Trust, Respect, Integrity and Pride seriously and apply these standards to everything we do. We foster a working environment that reflects our community’s diversity and respects people’s dignity, ideas and beliefs. The City of Kingston views diversity as its strength and encourages people from all backgrounds, including but not limited to women, racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, Persons with Disabilities and persons who identify as members *2SLGBTQ+ communities, to apply.

Position Summary

The Purchasing Agent is responsible for sourcing goods and services for departments, administering purchase orders and agreements and ensuring awards are fair, transparent and represent value for money. Responsibilities also include identifying opportunities to create efficiencies, leverage the City’s buying power and achieve cost savings. This position is a subject matter expert in procurement processes as well as procurement related systems including the City’s financial management system (FMS).

Responsible for sourcing and securing lower value goods and/or services for departments; reviewing price quotations for quality, suitability and availability; comparing product and service specifications; ensuring awards are fair and equitable and represent best value to the corporation.

Utilizing system functionality, initiate, modify, and close purchase orders on behalf of departments.

Negotiate and establish purchase arrangements, terms, price, scheduling, etc. with successful vendors.

Ensure purchasing activity is compliant with the City’s Procurement By-Law, related policies, legislation and relevant government regulations and ethical purchasing practices.

Communicate with vendors, suppliers, contractors, and internal department representatives to review requisitions, recommend substitutions in accordance with established deadlines and confirm purchase orders.

Assist with the resolution of technical issues related to purchase requisitions and orders.

Support the supplier onboarding, off boarding and performance management processes.

Support Corporate Buyers with more complex procurement processes, as required.

Audit and monitor purchasing cards issued and used by City staff and departments.

Research, develop and recommend changes to financial system functionality to enhance automation and controls.

Recommend updates and changes to procurement processes, procedures and protocols that will identify opportunities for procurement synergies, continuous improvement efforts, and cost savings.

Review and analyze purchasing data to identify opportunities for corporate buying opportunities; maintain and update corporate vendor listings.

Create reports to support continuous process improvements and cost saving initiatives, such as corporate spend reports and contract expiration dates.

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Competencies

1 year certificate in office/business administration or equivalent.

2 years’ experience in a procurement role or setting preferably with systems and/or processes such as purchase order implementation, purchase order approvals, contract management, compliance monitoring and/or spend analysis reporting.

Certificate in supply chain management or procurement related certificate is an asset.

Must demonstrate corporate competencies: Customer Focus, Results Orientation, Integrity, and Teamwork.

Skills, Abilities, Work Demands

Strong customer service and interpersonal skills.

Proficient skills in Microsoft Office.

Excellent communication, negotiation and organizational skills.

Demonstrate accuracy and attention to detail.

Proficient knowledge of related procurement procedures and legislation.

Must be willing to enhance skills with on-going educational seminars and courses as deemed necessary by management.

Must obtain and maintain a satisfactory criminal record check.

Closing Statement

Please apply to Career Opportunities at: www.cityofkingston.ca/Careers
Please inform us of any accommodations we need to make to ensure a barrier-free recruitment experience. Accommodations are available in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC)and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) at any stage in the recruitment process. We’re happy to provide more information if you email us at HRCity@cityofkingston.ca

Your resumé must demonstrate how you meet position requirements. Please upload to your profile any educational Degrees, Diplomas and/or Certificates that are relevant and required for the position. We thank all who apply, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Information collected will be handled in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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