Procurement Jobs in Engineering

The procurement jobs available at Vista include managing the purchase of technical goods and services for facility extraction facilities in the Alberta oil sands.

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The procurement team must work closely with engineering disciplines and vendors to gain a detailed knowledge of the equipment and materials used in oil sand facilities. The team takes part in purchasing, expediting and contract formation.

Please view our current opportunities to see if there is a procurement job you want to apply for. You may also be interested in our project services positions.

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The information on this page is not a current opportunity, it is a general description of the procurement function at Vista. We might not be hiring right now but we always look to expand our network of talented people. If you’re interested in working at Vista in a procurement role, we encourage you to apply for future opportunities.

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Procurement Jobs in Calgary

Procurement professionals are detailed-orientated and great multi-taskers. They must have strong people skills and get along well with the engineering team, other departments, client representatives, and vendors. As with most jobs available with Vista, our procurement jobs are located in Calgary, Alberta, either at our head office or a nearby satellite office.

Hear what Melissa Stockley, current Procurement Lead, thought about working at Vista back in 2014.

The expectations for each position are detailed below. If you are interested in pursuing a career in procurement, we encourage you to join our candidate network by applying for future opportunities.

Buyer

Main Duties and Competencies

The buyer is responsible for performing procurement activities to ensure the timely purchase of materials and equipment to meet project requirements. Duties will include:

  • Working within a project team environment, potentially on multiple projects
  • Ensuring timely and cost-effective procurement while adhering to client requirements and proper procurement practices
  • Maintaining status reports
  • Preparing, issuing and evaluating standard procurement documents including bid lists, request for quotation and commercial bid evaluations
  • Purchasing electrical, instrumentation, structural steel and piping commodity materials and equipment
  • Executing appropriate bidding strategies
  • Creating and issuing purchase orders for materials and equipment
  • Assisting in the negotiation of progress payments
  • Developing and managing vendor/contractor relationships
  • Assisting with expediting, as required
  • Performing other duties as requested

Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Clerical experience in a related function
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Problem-solving and decision making skills
  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently

Preferred

  • Post-secondary certification or equivalent
  • More than two (2) years of purchasing experience

Expeditor

Main Duties and Competencies

The expeditor is responsible for planning and performing expediting activities to ensure the timely delivery of documentation, materials, and equipment to meet project requirements. Duties will include:

  • Working within a project team environment, potentially on multiple projects
  • Proactively performing expediting activities to ensure the delivery of equipment, materials, services and related documentation
  • Developing and maintaining status reports
  • Attending and potentially managing purchase order kick-off meetings
  • Attending local shop expediting visits, as required
  • Closing purchase orders
  • Communicating with suppliers to resolve issues affecting a purchase order
  • Attending status meetings with suppliers
  • Reviewing material and service invoices for accuracy
  • Coordinating transportation and logistics, as required
  • Performing other duties as requested

Requirements

  • High-school diploma or equivalent
  • Clerical experience in a related function
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Problem-solving and decision making skills
  • Ability to adapt in a changing environment
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision

Preferred

  • Two (2) years of expediting experience in engineering, procurement, construction or construction environment
  • Post-secondary certification or equivalent

Senior Buyer

Main Duties and Competencies

The senior buyer is responsible for planning and performing procurement activities to ensure the timely purchase of materials, services, and equipment to meet project requirements. Duties will include:

  • Working within a project team environment, potentially on multiple projects
  • Ensuring timely and cost-effective procurement while adhering to client requirements and proper procurement practices
  • Developing and maintaining status reports
  • Assisting with the preparation of procurement strategy documents
  • Preparing, issuing and evaluating standard procurement documents including bid lists, requests for quotation/proposal and commercial bid evaluations
  • Purchasing complex engineered equipment and services as well as electrical, instrumentation, structural steel, and piping commodity materials
  • Developing and executing appropriate bidding strategies
  • Creating and issuing purchase orders for materials and services
  • Negotiating commercial terms including but not limited to progress payments and terms and conditions
  • Attending status meetings with clients, project management and suppliers
  • Developing and managing vendor/contractor relationships
  • Understanding the interfaces between procurement and non-procurement disciplines and ensuring appropriate procurement processes and procedures are followed
  • Assisting with expediting, as required
  • Performing other duties as requested

Requirements

  • Seven years of purchasing experience
  • High-school diploma or equivalent
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Problem-solving and decision making skills
  • Ability to adapt in a changing environment
  • Ability to work without supervision

Preferred

  • Experience in contracts
  • Post-secondary certification or equivalent
  • Five (5) years of purchasing experience in an engineering, procurement, construction environment

Senior Expeditor

Main Duties and Competencies

The senior expeditor is responsible for planning and performing expediting activities to ensure the timely delivery of documentation, materials and equipment to meet project requirements. Key duties include:

  • Working within a project team environment, potentially on multiple projects
  • Proactively performing expediting activities to ensure the delivery of equipment, materials, services and related documentation
  • Developing and maintaining status reports
  • Leading purchase order kick-off meetings
  • Shop expediting purchase orders, as required
  • Initiating the close-out of purchase orders
  • Communicating with suppliers to resolve issues affecting a purchase order
  • Attending status meetings with clients, project management and suppliers
  • Mentoring, supporting and guiding staff
  • Assisting the procurement lead in the development or improvement of corporate work processes and procedures
  • Performing other duties as requested

Requirements

  • Seven (7) to ten (10) years procurement experience with a minimum of five years of expediting experience in engineering, procurement, construction environment
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Problem-solving and decision making skills
  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment
  • Ability to work without supervision

Preferred

Post-secondary certification or equivalent

Procurement Lead

Main Duties and Competencies

The procurement lead is responsible for planning and performing procurement activities to ensure the timely purchase of materials, services, and equipment to meet project requirements. Duties will include:

  • Working within a project team environment, potentially on multiple projects
  • Enforcing timely and cost-effective procurement while adhering to client requirements and proper procurement practices
  • Developing and maintaining status reports
  • Developing procurement plan and strategy documents
  • Reviewing and evaluating standard procurement documents including bid lists, requests for quotation/proposal and commercial bid evaluations
  • Overseeing the purchase of complex engineered equipment and services as well as electrical, instrumentation, structural steel, and piping commodity materials
  • Overseeing the negotiation of commercial terms including but not limited to progress payments and terms and conditions
  • Attending status meetings with clients, project management and suppliers
  • Developing man-hour estimates, resource plans, schedules, and relevant procurement procedures
  • Periodically reviewing departmental processes, procedures and standards, identifying areas of improvement, deficiencies and taking the necessary corrective action to maintain quality
  • Planning, scheduling and managing responsibilities, objectives and project milestones for the team
  • Managing the performance of the team, including mentoring and coaching direct reports
  • Providing input to, and participating in, Human Resources activities, including recruitment, terminations, and discipline
  • Performing other duties as requested

Requirements

  • More than ten (10) years of procurement experience with a minimum of six years of procurement experience, at a supervisory level, in an engineering, procurement, construction environment
  • Knowledge of contracts
  • Post-secondary certification or equivalent experience
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Problem solving and decision making skills
  • Ability to adapt in a changing environment
  • Ability to work without supervision

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For over 30 years, the success of our business has hinged on the quality of our people. We are always on the lookout for talented individuals who are also smart, humble, honest and hardworking. These qualities are part of life at a top employer. If working at Vista appeals to you, please use the button below to apply for future procurement opportunities.

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