Category Specialists

Fredericton, NB | Saint John, NB | Moncton, NB

Service New Brunswick
Temporary PB 4/ Category Specialists
R85-2020/21-1596Pay Band 4
Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John

Service New Brunswick is seeking an individuals to fill current or future temporary opportunities withinjoin the Strategic Procurement Health Division's Group Purchasing Organization as a Category Specialists in Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John. Bilingual positions as well as one English-only position are available.

As a member of the Strategic Procurement team, you will be responsible for the management of a suite of commodities within a procurement category and achieving savings targets by implementing strategic sourcing practices across their assigned commodities.

Key responsibilities of this position are:

  • Effectively communicating with and responding to inquiries from the vendor/supplier community and client departments
  • Conducting sourcing initiatives and managing cross-functional teams
  • Ensuring complete and accurate specifications
  • Negotiating and reviewing contracts within the assigned portfolios
  • Working closely with departmental subject matter experts to determine best value on a variety of goods and services
  • Procuring equipment (and any related service agreements and consumables) according to the technical specifications provided by the client department and the Procurement Act, as required
  • Reviewing and developing tender specifications, request for quotes (RFQ), and request for proposals (RFP)
  • Researching best practices in public sector strategic sourcing and category management
  • Obtaining price quotations
  • Analyzing data and bid evaluations on the basis of requirements
  • Submitting recommendations for purchase
  • Processing requisitions, tenders, and purchase orders
  • Providing support to both the vendor/supplier community and client departments regarding the Procurement Act and Regulations 2014-93
  • Providing support regarding draft service agreements
  • ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS: A university degree with a minimum of four (4) years of related experience.

Subject to the response to this competition, an equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.

Written and spoken competence in English is required. Some positions require written and spoken competence in French and English.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate the essential qualifications to be given further consideration. Please state your language capability on your application and ensure that preferred language for assessment is clearly identified.

ASSET QUALIFICATIONS: Preference may be given to candidates who demonstrate they have training or experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Purchasing Designation(s) (CPPB, PSPP, and SCMP) or similar certifications
  • Experience in Strategic Sourcing or Category Management (goods and services)
  • Experience in the request for proposal (RFP) process
  • Experience in the procurement legislation and / or the procurement regulatory environment
  • Demonstrated contract negotiation experience
  • Experience working with the Procurement Act and Regulation
  • Experience with process/compliance auditing
  • Experience in data collection and analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, control and coordinate a variety of activities in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment
  • Strong understanding of the health industry and marketplace

Subject to the response to this competition, candidates may be required to demonstrate on their application one or more of the asset qualifications in addition to the essential qualifications in order to be given further consideration.


This position may require some travelling within the province therefore candidates must possess a valid New Brunswick

driver's license and have their own means of transportation.

BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES: The successful candidate will possess the following behavioral competencies:

  • Analytical Thinking/Judgment
  • Client Service Orientation
  • Effective Interactive Communication
  • Results Orientation
  • Strategic Thinking

TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES: The successful candidate will possess the following technical competencies:

  • Ability to Use Office Technology, Software and Applications
  • Written Communication
  • Specialized Subject Matter Expertise and Knowledge

Resumes should be in chronological order specifying education and employment in months and years including part-time and full-time employment.

Applicants must note on their application the location(s) for which they wish to be considered.

Salary : $50, 128 - $70, 070 49, 374- $69, 056 annually - Pay Band 4 - Management and Non-Union Pay Plan

We encourage applicants to apply on-line at, by email at, or by mail at the following address indicating competition number R85-2020/21-5351596.

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies at the same level.

Service New Brunswick
Human Resources
850 Lincoln Rd
PO Box 1998
Fredericton, NB E3B 4Z7
Telephone: (506) 457-3580

We thank all those who apply however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Candidates registered with the Equal Employment Opportunity Program and veterans, who demonstrate they are among the most qualified, shall be given preference at the time of appointment.

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