Compass Minerals Canada Corp.

Capital Projects Buyer

By Compass Minerals Canada Corp.

Dead Line: April 20, 2022

We invite you to Explore the Potential of being part of something Clearly Essential! 
At Compass Minerals, we harvest, mine and produce essential minerals that deal with nature’s challenges, including – but not limited to – highway deicing salt for the winter months, water softening salt and plant nutrition that improves the quality and yield of crops. We transform Earth’s resources that ultimately help keep people safe, feed the world and enrich lives, every day.   
With our company headquarters in Overland Park, KS, Compass Minerals operates in 27 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil & the United Kingdom. We’re committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone’s voice matters. We believe in work that creates value for all stakeholders, encourages collaboration at all levels and focuses on a high-performance environment where employees are challenged to be their best. 
Summary: This position is primarily responsible to support Capital Sourcing for the Canadian Business Units. The Capital Projects Buyer performs effectively sourcing, negotiating and contracting an uninterrupted supply of Capital Goods and Services, including major capital purchases. This includes not only price negotiations but facilitation of supplier relationships and sourcing new products/equipment. It will involve working closely with Engineering and Operations to understand capex and industrial requirements, identify spend, develop sourcing strategy, and lead/co-lead sourcing, supplier negotiations, and supplier selection so as to minimize the total cost of ownership. Assists the Senior Procurement Manager in the preparation of Strategic Contracting Strategies as part of cross-functional teams.  Will also assist with the monitoring of continuous cost improvement, process improvement, safety, training and work activities related to the operation with an emphasis on controlling costs, total cost of ownership and inventory systems proficiency.  The key to this position will be a deep understanding of and experience with sourcing and spend management processes, including methodology and the ability to enact the sourcing process within cross-functional teams.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: 
(Management reserves the right to add or modify the duties and responsibilities at any time)
  • Ensures and supervises the development and deployment of sourcing plans and/or sourcing strategies integrated with business plans and driven by internal customer requirements, manufacturing results and capabilities, distribution/logistics objectives and business economics. Maintains and supervises focus on value added activities. Can identify and implement alternative, innovative, and creative solutions to drive lowest total cost of ownership.
  • Effective purchasing of capital and project work ensuring appropriate sourcing, negotiations and contract development and documentation.
  • Ensure compliance with corporate supply contracts on Direct and Indirect Goods and Services purchasing, including loading of contract pricing into the system, to permit automated/simple release of contracted inventory items.
  • Follow up and resolve with Accounting any invoice discrepancies, ensuring costs in the system are accurate
  • Selects suppliers, assesses supplier capabilities, develops alternative sources and evaluates supplier performance. Negotiate price and delivery on purchased goods and services as required.  Assist and monitors alliance/contract price agreements.
  • Assures that open purchase orders are tracked, followed up on and expedited by staff as needed.  Must be actively engaged in realizing, capturing and reporting cost savings opportunities. 
  • Issues purchase orders and maintains positive supplier relations. Work proactively with internal and external customer to maintain high level of customer service, confidence and working relationships.  Extensive work done with maintenance planners and operations in quoting and sourcing non stock needs.
  • Analyze inventory levels on new and existing consumable stock items and purchases for new capital equipment so as to ensure that the sites have sufficient parts to maintain them.
  • Assists manager in contract preparation and/or review.
  • Will be required to participate in career enhancement programs to attain/maintain professional level buying skills.
Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to carry out each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and Experience:  Bachelor’s Degree preferred.  Certification requirements: SCMP or equivalent experience or employee willing to work towards and achieve SCMP certification based upon an agreed plan. Five years of purchasing experience including sourcing, capital purchasing, contract development and negotiations.  Experience in the procurement of maintenance materials also preferred. 
Computer Skills:  To perform this job successfully, an individual should be PC proficient and possess the ability to quickly master skills required to function with expertise in an ERP system. Must be proficient in Microsoft Suite, etc...
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Interpersonal Skills - Ability to present issues clearly and concisely in group settings.
Written Communication - Skill in preparing and analyzing complex technical specifications and bids.
Planning/Organizing - Ability to collect and accurately assemble data in a logical manner.
Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Follows through on commitments. Professionalism and Confidentiality.
Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
Language Skills: The abilities listed are representative of the level of competency the incumbent needs in order to effectively perform the essential duties. These specific abilities may or may not be required for this particular position.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret job related information. Ability to write business correspondence and reports.
Mathematical and Reasoning Ability and Skills: The ability to perform medium level math functions pertaining to procurement disciplines.  Must be able to proof own work for accuracy.  Ability to collect and accurately assemble data in a logical manner.
Compass Minerals is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive considerations for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Compass Minerals is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodations, contact or 519 524 8351.

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