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Director Strategic Sourcing - Construction

Requisition ID:  102545 

Career Group:  Corporate Office Careers 

Job Category:  Strategic Sourcing 

Travel Requirements:  10 - 20%

Part Time or Full Time:  Full Time 


Country: Canada (CA) 

Province: Ontario (CA-ON) 

City: Mississauga

Location: Tahoe Office 

Postal Code: L4W 0C7 


Our family of 127,000 employees and franchise affiliates share a collective passion for delivering exceptional shopping experiences and amazing food to all our customers. Our mission is to nurture the things that make life better – great experiences, families, communities, and our employees. We are a family nurturing families.  


A proudly Canadian company, we started in a small town in Nova Scotia but we are now in communities of all sizes across this great country. With over 1500 stores in all 10 provinces, you may know us as Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Lawton’s Drug Stores or another of our great banners but we are all one extended family. 


All career opportunities will be open a minimum of 5 business days from the date of posting.


Job Description


Own strategic sourcing across all designated lines of business

  • Create and implement strategy for the sourcing function to deliver continuous improvement and better value to the business across the various spend categories
  • Act as primary interface for functional leadership on all sourcing matters, including understanding of strategic imperatives and operating plans, jointly setting procurement priorities, formulating savings initiatives, and ensuring procurement is meeting operational needs
  • Lead sourcing event execution for all functions, specifically: assess function-level needs and objectives, define service-level agreements/scope of work, scope sourcing events, identify vendors, conduct RFP processes, co-lead vendor decisions
  • Own vendor negotiations during sourcing events to help Sobeys organization meet savings targets
  • Develop and maintain a risk mitigation plan for Sobeys organization and category managers to ensure long-term supply of critical materials and services; develop and maintain continuity of supply plan
  • Maintain a clear understanding of department programs being executed by competitors
  • Analyze sourcing performance in the market place and at individual competitors


Deliver strategic sourcing targets for designated categories

  • Build and drive annual savings plans by interfacing with functional owners and Finance, covering: savings, free cash flow, budget impact and forecasting
  • Own savings and accountable to meet strategic sourcing targets across designated lines of business, including P&L and Free Cash Flow impact for Sobeys
  • Create, develop and lead cross-functional teams to execute against sourcing targets
  • Communicate category performance to functional leadership (VPs and Executives)


Drive strategic sourcing initiatives with cross-functional leadership

  • Act as critical business partner for functional leadership to drive the strategic sourcing process (e.g., VP and Executives)
  • Educate lines of business around strategic sourcing process and initiatives
  • Manage category strategic sourcing to drive cost reduction, quality / service improvements and process improvements for all sourcing activities
  • Ensure appropriate sourcing strategies are in place for effective and timely execution of initiatives
  • Oversee Sobeys strategic sourcing spend across all functions supported


Empower employees and develop top talent

  • Report to the VP, Indirect Sourcing and provide leadership, coaching, counseling and support to manager-level and analyst-level staff to ensure daily tasks and long-term strategic results are obtained
  • Work collaboratively with other functional leadership to ensure that all business objectives are achieved
  • Coach, train and mentor team to foster an environment for skill development and career progression to develop and recruit top talent
  • Ensure a high level of personal and team education on department strategies being executed in North America and Europe
Job Requirements


  • An Undergraduate Degree with a minimum of 12 years relevant experience
  • Business experience in a purchasing, merchandising or retail environment is an asset
  • Experience leading procurement/sourcing decisions and owning/facilitating strategic sourcing process (e.g., defining service-level agreements/scope of work, launching RFPs, negotiating with vendors)
  • Leadership presence and proven ability to influence Executives and VPs 
  • Experience leading procurement for relevant functions
  • Deep understanding of strategic cost imperatives
  • Ability to formulate savings initiatives
  • Ability to formulate operating plans to meet cost targets
  • Ability to build strategic relationships with designated functional leadership
  • Ability to develop top talent within strategic sourcing organization

Sobeys is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process and will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of this process.



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