Senior Procurement Analyst at Canadian National Railway


Canadian National Railway

At CN, everyday brings new and exciting challenges. You can expect an interesting environment where you’re a part of making sure our business is running optimally and safely helping keep the economy on track. We provide the kind of paid training and opportunities that long-term careers are built on and we recognize hard workers who strive to make a difference. You will be able to thrive in our close-knit, safety-focused culture working together as ONE TEAM. The careers we offer are meaningful because the work we do matters. Join us!

Job Summary

Reporting to the Category Manager, the Senior Procurement Specialist is responsible for conducting all procurement activities necessary to deliver value on their category. This role is a part of the category Engineering Design & Construction / Bridges & Structure team. 

Main Responsibilities

Procurement Management

  • Interact with internal stakeholders, understand their needs and promote value creation
  • Conduct data analytics during different stages of the sourcing process
  • Develop category strategy and supplier market knowledge
  • Build and manage Request for Proposals, evaluate supplier responses and prepare business cases to submit for management approval
  • Negotiate contracts with suppliers (commercial & legal clauses)
  • Manage contracts, supplier relationships and supplier performance.
  • Work with Buyers to ensure all rates and agreements are appropriately administered in the Purchase to Pay (P2P) process (i.e. SAP, Ariba, Fieldglass etc.)
  • Ensure that all internal requirements in terms of compliance to procurement policy are meet and addressed
  • Participate and support department wide projects when required

Working Conditions

The role has standard working conditions in an office environment with a regular workweek from Monday to Friday. The role requires minimal (20%) travel (infrequent and short trips). The position work from home on Wednesday and Friday, and in the office on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Office is based in Montreal.



  • Between 2 to 3 years of experience in a similar role (Procurement Specialist)
  • Between 4 to 5 years experience in a similar role (Senior Procurement Specialist)


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, Engineering, or Law or equivalent


  • Continuously displays a customer centric attitude in order to improve the customer’s journey
  • Inspires others with impactful communications and adapts to the audience
  • Collaborates with key internal stakeholders to enable higher productivity
  • Negotiations (Negotiates towards a win-win outcome while taking all points of view into consideration)
  • Applies analytical thinking to make recommendations that pursue sustainable performance
  • Project management
  • Deals with pressure and change by staying calm to quickly adapt to changes

Technical Skills/Knowledge

  • Ability to read and understand contract documents
  • Ability to drive innovative analysis to understand the market trends, cost drivers, suppliers and best practices
  • Strong technical skills related to data tools & presentation of data
  • Understand strategic sourcing best practices
  • Understand P2P
  • Understand contract structure, terms and conditions and supplier performance principles
  •  Basic understanding of Incoterms, Customs and documentation required for international imports.
  • Knowledge of commercial aspects of product/service categories
  • Understand rail transportation or logistic industry*

*Any knowledge for any of the above would be considered as an asset

About CN

CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the Southern tip of the U.S. through a 19,500 mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship. At CN, we work as ONE TEAM, focused on safety, sustainability and our customers, providing operational and supply chain excellence to deliver results.

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