Description Being part of Air Canada is to become part of an iconic Canadian symbol, recently ranked the best Airline in North America. Let your career take flight by joining our diverse and vibrant team at the leading edge of passenger aviation. Air Canada, ranked among the top five most attractive companies to work for in Canada is seeking a Manager, Strategic Procurement – Transformation & Efficiency who will be based at our Montreal Headquarters.The Strategic Procurement (SP) organization is comprised of several Category Management teams and a Centre of Excellence (COE) group. The successful candidate will report to the Director, Strategic Procurement – Centre of Excellence. Given the cross-functional nature of procurement at Air Canada, the COE is responsible for the delivery of support services to Category Management teams such as Market Intelligence, Data Analytics, Contract Management, Process Improvement, Tools, Procurement technology, Contract Lifecycle Management, and Procurement Master Data.Key Responsibilities The Manager, Strategic Procurement – Transformation & Efficiency, will be responsible for the development and deployment of highly effective Procurement strategies and in charge of planning, developing, executing, assessing, and reporting strategies to advance Air Canada’s procurement maturity level. Executing these strategies will entail project management, change management, process optimization and continuous improvement, governance and reporting and stakeholder management. The successful candidate will act as one of the key ambassadors of, and change agents for, Strategic Procurement.In greater detail, key areas of responsibility include the following:Delivery of various strategic initiatives and projects, working with stakeholders, project resources, technical, subject matter and other experts. Example of such projects are:Identification and implementation of cost savings and cost avoidance initiatives in support of overall margin improvement activitiesSet-up of policies and procedures related to procurement activities and compliance monitoringRollout of Procurement technology Supplier Relationship Management Contract Lifecycle ManagementAny continuous Improvement opportunities to transform the Procurement function at Air CanadaLead People/Process/Technology transformation activities for internal and external stakeholders Define and develop project plans that shape the overall approach, implementation and sustainment of change management activities including the management of these activities for internal and external stakeholders Build and sustain long-term relationships with key stakeholders at all levels through effective leadership skills, a solid understanding of procurement processes and a commitment to learn their business, objectives and needs Build buy-in of proposed organization, people or technology changes Design and execute plans Vis-à-vis internal stakeholders : Lead meetings and workshops to drive transformation efforts Create and issue communication material Design and administer training and train-the-trainer Coordinate ambassador network Vis-à-vis external stakeholders : Lead rollout efforts including establishing wave plans and ramp-up plans Responsible for supplier communication planning and execution Prepare materials to ensure external stakeholders understand the scope, approach, processes, and specific requirements Accountable for the development and governance of procurement policies, structure, procedures, processes, templates and tools of new strategic initiatives and projects:Ensure that new processes are documented and that changes are communicated to those affectedReview and update policies and procedures periodically as a consequence of new projectsAdditional responsibilitiesMay entail people management to grow and maintain benefits of approved projects.Responsible for KPIs design and reporting to ensure the effectiveness of the Strategic Procurement activities and support stakeholders in their continuous improvement journey.Perform any other Procurement related duties as assigned.Qualifications A strong entrepreneurial spirit and desire to learn are essential in this role. The successful candidate must possess strong project management, communication and presentation skills. Collaboration, diplomacy and tact are also central as the role entails engaging, representing and motivating a variety of stakeholders with divergent perspectives, objectives and interests.The individual must have excellent organization skills and the flexibility to adapt to a continuously evolving environment. Finally, the successful candidate will enjoy working in an environment where everyday challenges will include finding common grounds between multiple stakeholder groups and finding creative ways to gain alignment such that all parties can succeed.In addition to a University degree in a relevant field of study (business, math, engineering, and supply chain) the successful candidate will demonstrate excellent analytical skills plus the ability to multi-task, work under pressure, and accommodate changing priorities. Proficiency with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is required.Experience in Procurement operations, Strategic Sourcing and Contract Management would be an asset as well as in Ariba solution implementation.Due to the confidential nature of our work, a high degree of professionalism and discretion is required. Flexibility with work hours and occasional travel may also be necessary. Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccination Required as of October 31st 2021Candidates must be eligible to work in the country of interest, at the time any offer of employment is made and seeking any required work permits/visas or other authorizations which may be required is the sole responsibly of the candidates applying for this position. Linguistic RequirementsBased on equal qualifications, preference will be given to bilingual candidates. Diversity and Inclusion Air Canada is strongly committed to Diversity and Inclusion and aims to create a healthy, accessible and rewarding work environment which highlights employees’ unique contributions to our company’s success. As an equal opportunity employer, we welcome applications from all to help us build a diverse workforce which reflects the diversity of our customers, and communities, in which we live and serve.Air Canada thanks all candidates for their interest; however only those selected to continue in the process will be contacted.