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Posting Position Title: Tactical Buyer   City: Red Deer
Employment Type: Full time   Apply by:
Department: Joffre Purchasing & Supply   Apply by Note: Will remain open until suitable candidate(s) identified.
Position Location: Joffre Site - Red Deer, AB    

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

Position Description

About NOVA Chemicals: NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals, plastic resins and end-products that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is a wholly owned subsidiary of The International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.


About the Location: The NOVA Chemicals Joffre site is located in Central Alberta, 20 km East of Alberta’s third largest city (pop 100,000) – Red Deer. The area provides a wealth of recreational facilities and opportunities to enjoy a broad variety of physical or social activities. Red Deer is a multi-cultural city with a vibrant visual and performing arts community along with both competitive and recreational sports opportunities. Employees and contractors who work at the Joffre site have a wide variety of living options available to them. While the city of Red Deer is home for the majority of our employees, we have a significant population who have chosen lifestyles in near-by communities such as Lacombe and Stettler, recreational towns such as Sylvan Lake and Bentley, any number of small hamlets or the rural option of an acreage or farm. Educational options for school age children are broad and advanced education programs are available from facilities such as Red Deer College. Central Alberta prides itself in providing festivals and events in every month of the year and providing access to the beautiful parks and walking/biking trails.

The NOVA Chemicals Joffre site is the largest combined ethylene/polyethylene manufacturing site in North America and one of the largest in the world. We are a commodity chemical company that has been successful in consistently being able to perform as a top quartile performer. With a focus on operations excellence, plant availability, and effective capital execution – we strive to be astute integrators of technology while both implementing and optimizing. Our site strives for best-in-class performance including engineering, construction, reliability, integrity, control, regulatory compliance and above all Responsible Care Excellence.


Responsibilities: We are looking for an energetic, self-motivated individual to fill a Tactical Buyer vacancy within the Purchasing & Supply team. The environment is a very fast paced, high volume environment. The successful candidate will be looking for growth opportunities and be willing to take on new challenges in support of our team.

Tactical procurement for Manufacturing West (MW) includes the Joffre site as well as the Research Centers and NOVA Head Office in Calgary. Duties include:
• Contacting vendors to obtain &/or verify price, part number, source of supply.
• Make delivery arrangements with carriers and vendors.
• Creating purchase orders against date driven requirement and ensuring all pertinent information is obtained and verified with the vendor and end user.
• Releasing purchase orders against vendor agreements
• Seeking/recording/updating material source of supply and information within the system to streamline future purchases.
• Assisting with material information updates and changes.
• Confirming and expediting purchase orders to maintain on-time delivery.
• Resolving discrepancies between purchase orders and vendor invoices.
• Following up on non-conformance of materials and deliveries with end user and/or vendor and identifying trends or patterns.
• Qualifying Contractors for onsite labor prior to Purchase Order creation
• Maintaining Vendor base for timely and accurate supply alignment
• Participating in the implementation of improvement plans.


Qualifications: • University graduate in Business or a related discipline or 4 – 5 years combination of education and related experience.
• Good understanding of or willingness to learn all aspects of inventory management and tactical procurement.
• Ability to communicate clearly to customers along with demonstrated customer service skills.
• High level of proficiency and accuracy in the use of a computer including the Microsoft office suite and SAP. Experience in SAP material management or plant maintenance areas considered an asset.
• Ability to work unsupervised, meet deadlines and identify continuous improvement opportunities.
• Thoroughness and a high attention to detail.
• Good understanding of the site organization, safety guidelines and Responsible Care Standards.
• Ability to work under pressure of changing priorities.
• Keen interest to grow and learn and willing to work towards a Supply Chain Management Professional Designation (SCMP).


Benefits: NOVA Chemicals’ flexible benefit programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees, because when it comes to benefits, everyone has different priorities. Our benefits offerings will vary based on your work location, and are an element of the “Total Compensation” package used to reward employees.


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Relocation Considerations: Relocation is not available for this position

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