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February 28, 2024 at 9:49 AM

Manager, Purchasing

(Permanent Full-time) 

Job Posting ID 24E-06

North Bay is a diverse community that offers a perfect blend of opportunity and easy living.  Servicing a regional catchment area of 112,000 people, this progressive city of 51,553 residents is nestled between Lake Nipissing and Trout Lake and is conveniently located just three and a half hours from major Ontario centers such as Toronto and Ottawa. Join our team and create your future with the City of North Bay (“the City”). Discover the Gateway to the North, where easy living is embraced.

 Reporting to the Director of Financial Services, the Purchasing Manager is responsible for management, guidance, development and oversight of centralized purchasing activities, including ensuring compliance with Provincial and Federal Legislation regarding competitive procurement, as well as City purchasing policies, procedures, and by-laws. The Manager oversees the creation of tender and proposal processes and collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to build working relationships that are mutually beneficial.

Responsibilities, include but are not limited to:

  • Plan, organize, and manage purchasing functions for the City; negotiate contracts and purchasing agreements; ensuring timely and accurate reporting;
  • Provide direction and training to City departments and ensure compliance with the public procurement requirements, purchasing by-law, policy and related processes;
  • Accountable for maintaining consistent processes that are open, fair and transparent;
  • Develop and implement plans to find efficiencies and savings by utilizing best practices in purchasing and by taking advantage of corporate-wide procurement synergies;
  • Develop and measure key performance indicators to determine and improve the effectiveness of the purchasing function and the performance of corporate purchasing processes;
  • Review and assess total supply chain risk and identify opportunities to minimize and eliminate risk;
  • Implement service practices that meet the stakeholders’ needs;
  • Serve as a primary resource for stakeholders to interpret purchasing and procurement policies, procedures, and legislation;
  • Develop and implement purchasing training programs for departments and other stakeholders;
  • Support continuous improvement in the delivery of purchasing services.

Key Qualifications:

  • Degree in Finance, Business or a related field or equivalent combination of experience and education
  • Certified professional purchasing designation;
  • Five (5) years of progressive experience in a purchasing role with at least two (2) years in a supervisory or management role;
  • Experience with/demonstrated knowledge of public sector purchasing and understanding of the Political Environment;
  • Strong project management skills and experience combined with ability to prioritize and manage a busy workload with competing demands;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in implementing purchasing practices in areas such as construction procurement, purchasing process design and automation, best value for money and risk management;
  • Technological proficiency with Office 365, virtual meeting platforms, PowerPoint, and Bids and Tenders;
  • Excellent consultative and communication skills with the ability to influence others;
  • Experience in negotiation and conflict resolution;
  • Advanced problem-solving skills and experience;
  • Flexibility and an awareness and sensitivity to departments’ operational requirements;
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to coach, motivate and develop employees.

Hours of work: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday (35 hours/week)

The 2024 annual salary range for this non-union position is $89,999 - $112,471. We offer an employer paid comprehensive benefit package including Health and Dental Benefits, and Life, Long-Term Disability, and AD&D Insurance, as well as an Employee Assistance Program. The City of North Bay is an Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) Employer. For more information on the benefits of a defined benefit pension plan please visit

Qualified individuals interested in being considered for this position are requested to submit a resume and covering letter in one PDF document via email to:   Please identify the Posting ID:  24E-06 in the subject line. 

Please note that this vacancy will be posted until filled, but a review of applications will begin March 18, 2024.   While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under the City of North Bay’s Accessibility Policy.  We encourage applicants to make their needs known to Human Resources in advance.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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