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Trent University

Manager, Purchasing Services



Company Information

Trent University is renowned for striking a unique balance between outstanding teaching and leading edge research. The Peterborough campus is located on the beautiful Otonabee River in the heart of the Kawarthas and Trent’s expanded Oshawa campus is housed in a new complex of higher learning. Trent University has approximately 7,800 full and part-time students and over 230 faculty.Trentoffers over 44 undergraduate and professional degree programs and a total of 14 graduate programs.

Job Description

Job Title: Manager, Purchasing Services
Job Number: X-025
Band: Management – 8
NOC: 0113
Department: Finance Services
Supervisor Title: AVP, Finance Services
Status: Full-time (35 hours per week), regular
Salary: $79,069 – $105,426 per annum (i.e. $6,589.08 – $8,785.50 per month)
Location: Trent University Peterborough
Start Date: As soon as possible

Job Purpose

Provide the University community with expertise and administrative support necessary to procure goods and services according to the current Ontario Broader Public Sector Procurement Directive, Trent Purchasing Policy, the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), Canadian Contract Law, and Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) requirements.  Maintain effective and positive commercial relationships with the University’s suppliers which includes donors, alumni, local and international businesses, professionals e.g. architect, and other teaching and research institutes.  Develop effective working relationships with University staff and faculty to ensure the goods and services are procured under fair and equitable conditions which follow public sector supply chain leading practices.


Procurement Services is responsible for collaborating with all facets of the University to provide expertise, advice, support and direction related to institutional procurement initiatives regarding policies, processes, legalities, regulations, strategies, due diligence and public accountability.  Purchasing services include: 

a)      strategic sourcing i.e. development of specification and tender documents, collaborative sourcing, construction tendering , management of the bid process, evaluation of proposals and suppliers, review and negotiation of contract language;

b)      contract management i.e. developing framework and maintaining centralized database for university contracts;

c)      managing the purchase transaction i.e. product sourcing and recommendations, managing customs transactions, sales tax applications, receiving and invoice authorizations;

d)      developing and administering purchasing policies and procedures;

e)      provision of the VISA purchase card program;  and

f)       maintaining the equipment, software, collections and other assets inventory data base.

Education Required

Honours University Degree (4 year) in a Business related field.

Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) or Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) Designation required.



Experience Required

  1. Minimum of 5 years purchasing experience with strong preference for Public Sector experience.
  2. Minimum 3 years in a supervisory role.
  3. Extensive experience in leading procurement RFXs  and a working knowledge of negotiated RFXs.
  4. Strong working knowledge of procurement related law, trade agreements, the Boarder Public Sector Accountability Act, construction tendering, and contract administration.
  5. Strong mathematical/financial and computer skills.
  6. Demonstrated commitment to customer service and building relationships.
  7. Exceptional time management and organizational skills.

For more information, please visit trentu.ca/employment

To Apply: Those interested in applying are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and application form (if applicable), by email to jobs@trentu.ca (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF) no later than Monday, June 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Please note your full name and the job title in the subject line of your email (i.e. First and Last Name – Job Title). Applications from external candidates will be considered only when accompanied by a completed Application Form.
Trent University is actively committed to creating a diverse and inclusive campus community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

Trent University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process or require an accessible version of a document/publication, please contact humanresources@trentu.ca.

While the University appreciates all applications, please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. In the case of regular/recurring OPSEU positions, the University will consider internal OPSEU applicants first, in accordance with the OPSEU Collective Agreement.

Contact Information

Trent University
Posting Date: 08-Jun-2017Finance, Budget and Audit Permanent, Full-Time $79,069 - $105,426/yr 1 ASAP
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