Senior Procurement Specialist at CN



Company: CN
Job role: Senior Procurement Specialist
Location: Montreal, QC
Job Id: req14092
Job Type: Full time

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Job Summary

Reporting to the Category Manager, Procurement and Supply Management (P&SM) of the locomotive’s category cluster, the Senior Procurement Specialist will support the development, analysis and execution of innovative procurement strategies that deliver sustainable enterprise value including achievement of cost reduction targets. The Senior Procurement Specialist will also monitor the delivery of key contracts, capture of financial savings through negotiation of contract terms, conditions and monitoring of supplier performance.

In addition, the Senior Category Analyst, Procurement and Supply Management will work with Category Manager to analyze and present data during the baseline, strategize and deliver phases of the category management process, and develop sourcing project plan, prepare procurement process documentation and manage the event through to evaluation and final recommendation.

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 the procurement category strategy and supplier market knowledge as it relates to locomotive parts and services
  • Build and manage the RFx process evaluate supplier responses and prepare business cases to submit for management approval
  • Negotiate contracts with suppliers (commercial and legal clauses)
  • Lead contracts, supplier relationships and supplier performance
  • Collaborate with Buyers to ensure all rates and agreements are appropriately administered in the Purchase to Pay (P2P) process (i.e., System, Applications and Products (SAP), Ariba, Fieldglass, etc.)
  • Ensure that all internal requirements in terms of compliance to procurement policy are met and addressed
  • Participate and support department-wide projects when required

Working Conditions

This position is located in Montreal, Quebec Headquarters and the reporting structure is to P&SM in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The role has standard working conditions in an office environment with a regular work week from Monday to Friday. The role requires travel within North America and abroad.




  • Between 4 to 5 years of experience in a similar role


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


  • Negotiations – Able to conduct complex negotiations, seeks and value all perspectives.  Able to recommend and present negotiation strategy to CN executives when required
  • Familiarity with the rail & locomotive industry, locomotive technology (HW/SW) and current on industry trends and business needs
  • Applies critical thinking
  • Understands and displays a customer centric mind-set to adopt to the customer’s requirements
  • Demonstrates active listening
  • Solves problems to create value
  • Communicates with impact
  • Collaborates with others and shares information
  • In depth knowledge of contract and program management
  • Able to adapt, manage and perform under pressure with shifting priorities.
  • Demonstrates agility and drives change

Technical Skills/Knowledge

  • Extensive knowledge and ability to understand complex contractual Terms and Conditions, Statement of Works (SOW), MOU, LOI types of agreements
  • Extensive knowledge of contractual financial aspects such as NPV, TCO, CPI/PPI, etc.
  • Ability to drive innovative analysis to understand the market trends, cost drivers, suppliers and best practices
  • Strong technical skills related to data tools and presentation of data
  • Knowledge of strategic sourcing best practices
  • Knowledge of P2P
  • Knowledge of supplier performance principles
  • Basic knowledge of Incoterms, Customs and documentation required for delivery within North America and international imports
  • Knowledge of commercial aspects of product and service categories
  • Knowledge of 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.

At CN, we are dedicated to building North America’s safest, most inclusive and sustainable railroad, which includes reflecting the communities in which we operate. Research shows that candidates from underrepresented groups often don’t apply unless they feel they fit the job posting at 100%. Even if you don’t see yourself in every job requirement listed in a posting, we still encourage you to apply. If you require an accommodation for the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials, accessible meeting rooms or other accommodations), please reach out to our team at

As an equal employment opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please monitor your email on a regular basis, as communication is primarily made through email. 

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