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Assistant Category Manager Strategic Sourcing, Retail Services – EPG 

Loblaw Companies Ltd - Head Office

This is a Contract position in Brampton, ON posted September 13, 2023.

Referred applicants should not apply directly to this role.

All referred applicants must first be submitted through Workday by a current Loblaw Colleague.

Come make your difference in communities across Canada, where authenticity, trust and making connections is valued – as we shape the future of Canadian retail, together. Our unique position as one of the country's largest employers, coupled with our commitment to positively impact the lives of all Canadians, provides our colleagues a range of opportunities and experiences to help Canadians Live Life Well®.

At Loblaw Companies Limited, we succeed through collaboration and commitment and set a high bar for ourselves and those around us. Whether you are just starting your career, re-entering the workforce, or looking for a new job, this is where you belong.

Job Description: Assistant Category Manager Strategic Sourcing, Retail Services (Enterprise Procurement Group)

Location: 1 President’s Choice Circle, Brampton ON

Employment Type: Full Time

Reports to: Sr. Manager, Strategic Sourcing

Job Description:

The Assistant Category Manager will join a team of others reporting to the Sr. Manager, Strategic Sourcing. The Assistant Category Manager will be deeply involved in conducting analysis to support category strategy development and execution. They will actively contribute to supplier engagement and strategic supplier relationship management. They are required to have strong analytical skills with extensive experience using Excel to conduct quantitative analysis, create and maintain category insights using multiple sources of data and provide recurring and ad hoc complex analytical assignments to the category management teams. The Assistant Category Manager will also be required to conduct detailed supply market analysis and create category and supplier profiles. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are necessary.

What You'll Do:

Strategic Sourcing (1-3 years of experience)

· Use detailed market analysis to create scenarios regarding potential market development. Use insights from market analysis to support stakeholder innovation, to mitigate risks for customer

· Support the development and execution of category management strategies, processes, and events for assigned categories/sub-categories

· Executing category management strategies and the strategic sourcing process to drive savings and efficiencies

· Actively developing and managing strategic supplier relationships while managing risk and compliance through contracting

· Conducting complex sourcing baseline analysis and assessing category benefits and key performance metrics

· Conducting comprehensive supply market analysis to identify sourcing opportunities

· Analyzing supplier bids and proposals conducting advanced, multivariable cost regression analysis

· Familiar with advanced cost and price analysis that use multi variable regression techniques

· Experience using e-sourcing tools to help manage RFx Events & Suppliers (Ariba, Jaggaer & Office Trax)

· Preparing and assessing potential sourcing scenarios

· Support other special procurement activities and analysis as needed by senior management

· Managing internal customers and accounting for their needs while resolving difficult issues in a timely manner

What You'll Need:

· A minimum of bachelor's degree in business, Supply Chain, Operations, Engineering, Business Management

· 1-3 years relevant experience (including financial reporting/analysis, complex analytic/problem solving experience)

· Previous experience within category management or strategic sourcing in a retail environment (preferred)

· Previous experience with SAP, Ariba, Fieldglass and Office Trax would be an added advantage

· Proficient with MS Office (specifically Excel, PowerPoint)

Skills and Capabilities:


· Strong analytical and negotiation skills

· Demonstrated ability to collaborate and effectively work with multiple internal teams

· Creative, quality and results-driven

· Strong attention to detail and organization skills

· Strong work ethic and problem-solving skills

· High degree of ingenuity, creativity, and innovation

· Highly organized and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

Technical Skills:

· Strong in analytics; advanced use of Excel, PowerPoint and BI

· Category specific background would be an added advantage

· Technical knowledge of performance measurement and tracking

· Experience with SAP, Ariba, Fieldglass and Office Trax

· Ability to summarize complex data into key insights

Communication Skills

· Strong organizational, verbal communication and writing skills

· Ability to present clear ideas and outcomes from analysis back to the customer / stakeholder

· Fluent in English (written and spoken)

Our commitment to Sustainability and Social Impact is an essential part of the way we do business, and we focus our attention on areas where we can have the greatest impact. Our approach to sustainability and social impact is based on three pillars – Environment, Sourcing and Community – and we are constantly looking for ways to demonstrate leadership in these important areas. Our CORE Values – Care, Ownership, Respect and Excellence – guide all our decision-making and come to life through our Blue Culture. We offer our colleagues progressive careers, comprehensive training, flexibility, and other competitive benefits – these are some of the many reasons why we are one of Canada’s Top Employers, Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, Canada’s Greenest Employers & Canada’s Top Employers for Young People.

If you are unsure whether your experience matches every requirement above, we encourage you to apply anyway. We are looking for varied perspectives which include diverse experiences that we can add to our team.

We have a long-standing focus on diversity, equity and inclusion because we know it will make our company a better place to work and shop. We are committed to creating accessible environments for our colleagues, candidates and customers. Requests for accommodation due to a disability (which may be visible or invisible, temporary or permanent) can be made at any stage of application and employment. We encourage candidates to make their accommodation needs known so that we can provide equitable opportunities.

Please Note:
Candidates who are 18 years or older are required to complete a criminal background check. Details will be provided through the application process.