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The Royal Canadian Mint is hiring a Senior Category Specialist, who can thrive in a dynamic and inclusive environment. Reporting to the Senior Manager, Business Partner Procurement, the Senior Category Specialist is responsible for supporting clients in the development of sourcing strategies, providing recommendations, executing complex procurement processes i.e. negotiable RFPs for high value procurements, with a focus on client outcomes and achieving the best value for the Mint. The Senior Category Specialist works closely and develops relationships with all internal stakeholders in the delivery of services and the meeting of collective expectations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Working collaboratively with clients and procurement leadership, you will provide input into the development and implementation of procurement strategies using customer and market driven insights.
  • You will facilitate various supplier assessments, such as financial, risk and vendor capabilities, negotiate financial instruments (payment bonds, letters of credit, etc.) with vendors, support the mitigation of organizational risk throughout the contract lifecycle.
  • Working within policy and trade agreement guidelines, you ensure the efficiency and transparency of the procurement process is maintained while attaining the best value for the organization.
  • You will facilitate engagements to resolve supplier performance challenges to ensure alignment with contractual arrangements and obligations.
  • You possess the drive to continuously learn and want to improve the procurement process, executing continuous improvement initiatives within the team and the broader organization.



Education and Experience

  • University degree in business administration, commerce, finance, economics or engineering and / or Certification in Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP), or other recognized (public) procurement certificate and/or designation.
  • At least five (5) years of experience leading large dollar complex procurements with responsibility for the entire RFx process from planning through to contracting.
  • Leading RFx evaluation process and contract negotiations.
  • Public procurement or category management/supply chain knowledge essential.
  • A practical understanding of contract law is essential.
  • Knowledge of application of trade agreements to government procurement strongly desired.
  • Experience in project management.


Skills and Abilities

  • You are a team player who supports the team and is willing to dedicate the time and effort necessary when called upon.
  • You have excellent collaborative and relationship building skills with the ability to communicate Strategic Procurement’s value to the organization.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • A proven self-starter and you have strong project management skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently and prioritize sequencing of multiple projects concurrently.
  • You have demonstrated success in developing vendor negotiation strategies, executing tactics to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Strong analytical and research capabilities in areas supporting assigned procurement categories.
  • Demonstrated success helping stakeholders develop statements of work, scoping documents in support of their business requirements.
  • You can leverage your category management skills and knowledge to maximize value to the organization.
  • Demonstrated success in communicating process outcomes through comprehensive executive summaries to senior leadership.



  • Extensive public procurement knowledge.
  • Strong working knowledge of legislative requirements and trade agreements relating to the Procurement field.
  • Significant knowledge and understanding in the facets of the development of statements of work, scoping documents in support of business requirements.
  • Strong experience with MS office suite.
  • Solid working knowledge of ERP systems and project management software and other e-Procurement software (the latter considered an asset).

Language Requirements: English essential. Bilingualism is an asset.

The health and safety of our employees is a top priority. The Mint has developed significant and rigorous safety protocols to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the Mint you will collaborate with a diverse group of people and be a part of an iconic Canadian organization. We pay competitive salary and offer a range of benefits that support employees and their families. The Mint supports its employees by focusing on their growth and development. Selected candidates will be required to complete a background check facilitated by the Mint.

The Mint is committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We value diversity and aim to provide an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment, selection and onboarding process to ensure that each candidate is treated respectfully.  You are welcome to self identify with one of the four employment equity groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities) in your application.

If you need accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know; we are committed to being an inclusive employer.

Ready to mint your career? Please forward your resume to by October 28, 2022. We thank all candidates who apply, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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