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Senior Category Analyst

Canadian National Railway

This is a Contract position in Montreal, QC posted April 29, 2022.

At CN, everyday brings new and exciting challenges. You can expect an interesting environment where you’re 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 Sr Category Analyst, Procurement and Supply Management will support all analytical activities necessary to deliver on the category management strategies, and support strategic sourcing events. The Senior Category Analyst will also monitor the delivery of key contracts, capture of financial savings through negotiation of contract terms, conditions and monitoring of supplier performance.

The Sr 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. The Analyst will also ensure that the process follows the CN Procurement Policy and obtains all of the appropriate approvals. 

Main Responsibilities

  • Executing Category Management strategies working with cross functional teams
  • Developing, maintaining and enhancing CN’s approach to the supply market
  • Contributing to demand planning & forecasting activities
  • Assessing new market entrants and non-traditional suppliers
  • Performing detailed analysis on categories to understand the market trends, cost drivers, suppliers and best practices
  • Providing input to value propositions and sourcing options leveraging various techniques (e.g. TCO modelling)
  • Developing and recommending commercial and contracting strategies
  • Supporting Sourcing (RFx Process) process including evaluation
  • Supporting the development and negotiation of contracts, focusing on risk management, best-in-class T&C’s and correct schedule utilization
  • Supporting the supplier performance and relationship management process driving overall value from contracts and ensuring key elements of the original category strategy are achieved via supplier performance management
  • Monitoring contract conditions for adherence by the suppliers including supporting the rate validation process and follow up with suppliers
  • Coaching business unit contract owners to drive performance and compliance of contracts
  • Working with Buyers to ensure all rates and agreements are appropriately administered in the P2P process (i.e. SAP, Ariba, Fieldglass)
  • Monitoring Spend against the delegated authority under the Award of Business (AOB) to ensure compliance
  • Reporting savings and benefits against the function’s objectives

Working Conditions

  • Some travel (infrequent and short trips) may be necessary
  • May sometimes involve outdoor working conditions and/or industrial conditions and/or railroad operating conditions (night/day/weekends) in order to gain an understanding of the internal customers’ requirements or of the supplier’s manufacturing or service conditions

RequirementsExperience 

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a similar role (Category Analyst)
  • 3-5 years of experience in a similar role (senior Category Analyst)
  • Ability to read and understand basic contract documents

Education/Certification/Designation

  • University degree in Supply Management, Business Administration, Engineering, or Law or any other related field

General Skills and Attributes

  • Customer service, project management, and negotiations
  • Embrace a collaborative mindset and share information
  • Communicate effectively and engage with internal and external stakeholders
  • Apply analytical thinking and problem solving

Technical Skills/Knowledge

  • 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 and strategic sourcing
  • Understand category management
  • Understand CN’s procurement policies and procedures
  • Understand thoroughly contract structure, terms and conditions and supplier performance
  • Basic understanding of commercial aspects of product/service categories
  • Understanding of rail transportation or logistic industry is preferred
  • Experience with Ariba or similar procurement systems is preferred

 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.

CN is an employment equity employer and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply. 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.