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Strategic Sourcing Specialist



saint-laurent, montreal, qc, canada
Posted on Saturday, July 6, 2024

About This Role

Are you fascinated with logistics and supply chain? As a Strategic Sourcing Specialist, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, you will have the opportunity to work closely with our internal customers, the broader Global Procurement & Supply Management team, other stakeholder groups and suppliers alike to drive competitive category and supply strategies with aim to reduce cost while ensuring perfect execution, process optimization and risks mitigation across transportation and logistics services.

Reporting to the Senior Manager, Global Procurement & Supply Management, Business Services and Operations, the candidate should be comfortable in a fast paced and ever-changing environment where no 2 days are the same. The candidate must demonstrate highly effective collaboration internally and externally, have a passionate focus on success, commitment to continuous improvement and a relentless drive to deliver results. The successful candidate must exhibit strong analytical and communication skills, a proven ability to build relationships with stakeholders across the organization and have experience in contract and pricing management including preparation of agreements and supplier negotiation related to transportation and logistics, to support CAE’s simulator installation and relocation (globally), warehousing, and other related services.


Provides strategic business support:

  • Understands internal customer needs and supports local procurement strategies.

  • Provides direction and support related to category management and strategic sourcing to achieve corporate & divisional business objectives.

  • Develops and executes strategy to integrate suppliers within CAE’s current supplier landscape and in alignment with global and local categories strategies.

  • Provides recommendations to internal stakeholders. Establishes and maintains effective partnering relationships within the Business Units and internal support organizations and externally with suppliers.

  • Ensure adherence to Service Level Agreements with internal customers and Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for the Organization to meet annual objectives and long-term strategies.

  • Drives continuous improvement and supports the current business transformation within scope of work.

For the assigned categories:

  • Leads formulation and implementation of category strategies. Conducts category intelligence research and partners with stakeholders to identify opportunities and channel innovation.

  • Conducts cross-functional cost reduction, cost avoidance and/or net cash working capital improvement initiatives. Builds a culture and delivers sustainable value without compromising supply assurance or quality.

  • Applies Category Management best practices and principles. If necessary, depending on category, participates in global category councils.

  • Supports Purchasing and Project teams in resolving issues with key suppliers.

  • Follows relevant category metrics to consistently deliver the expected cost reduction plans.

Develops and manages supplier relationships:

  • Conducts Supplier Relationship Management framework with key suppliers.

  • Utilizes a set of legal, commercial, and business principles to enforce partnership agreements with strategic suppliers, in close relation with Legal and other relevant departments.

  • Locates appropriate vendors and develops sustainable partnerships in compliance with ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) policies and other standards.

  • Conducts market intelligence to identify relevant external innovations and seek competitive advantages by partnering with world-class suppliers.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Management, Engineering, Operations or other applicable discipline required.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French. Other languages considered an asset.

  • Required proficiency in Microsoft Suite products, including but not limited to, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. BI considered an asset

  • Knowledge of the aviation industry considered an asset


  • Required minimum 2-5 years of relevant experience including strategic sourcing, category and vendor management, purchasing and/or material management.

  • Transportation and Logistics experience and/or or equivalent experience.

  • Experience with Oracle ERP/P2P, SAP and Ariba considered an asset.


  • Relationship builder and stakeholder manager. Ability to form and grow own networks. Ability to analyze and present findings in a clear and cohesive manner.

  • Self-directed, able to work independently, as well as work in a team-orientated and fast paced environment.

  • Capable of navigating through ambiguous situations. Problem solver. Ability to work collaboratively and support multiple initiatives.

  • Project management mindset for flawless execution.

  • Demonstrate an open-minded genuine curiosity towards understanding the needs of business and the impact of applied solutions.

  • Effective communication and presentation skills.

  • Effective time management and personal organizational skills.

  • Demonstrable negotiation skills and business acumen.

About CAE

At CAE, we equip people in critical roles with the expertise and solutions to create a safer world. As a technology company, we digitalize the physical world, deploying software-based simulation training and critical operations support solutions. Above all else, we empower pilots, cabin crew, airlines, and defence and security forces to perform at their best every day and when the stakes are the highest. Around the globe, we’re everywhere customers need us to be with more than 13,000 employees in approximately 250 sites and training locations in over 40 countries. CAE represents more than 75 years of industry firsts—the highest-fidelity flight and mission simulators as well as training programs powered by digital technologies. We embed sustainability in everything we do. Today and tomorrow, we’ll make sure our customers are ready for the moments that matter.

Read our FY23 Global Annual Activity and Sustainability Report.

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Position Type


CAE thanks all applicants for their interest. However, only those whose background and experience match the requirements of the role will be contacted.

Equal Opportunity Employer

CAE is an equal-opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As "One CAE," we take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants regardless of race, nationality, colour, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, neurodiversity, Veteran status, age, or other legally protected characteristics.

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