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Senior Contract Specialist

Canadian National Railway

This is a Contract position in Montreal, QC posted May 10, 2022.

At CN, everyday brings new and exciting challenges. You can expect an interesting environment where you are 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

The Senior Contracts Specialist will be responsible for the development and implementation of the procurement strategy for large complex corporate programs and complex multi-category construction projects. The successful candidate will effectively manage the entire sourcing and contractual lifecycle from strategizing to drafting, preparing, reviewing and negotiating various technology commercial & contractual agreements in line with CN Procurement Policy and standard terms and conditions.

Main Responsibilities


·       Responsible for defining the procurement strategy and sourcing efforts to secure the most optimal solution that supports the business while minimizing total cost of ownership

·       Develop strong collaborative relationships with key stakeholders across the company to strategically manage spend and the supply base for the assigned categories

·       Act as procurement subject matter expert in consulting with the business on procurement strategies, processes, policies, and best practices

·       Responsible for proactively determining and managing risks to supply and taking preventative actions to mitigate risks

·       Perform market analysis and provide business appropriate recommendations for category spend based on this analysis

·       Ensure compliance with CN Procurement Policy and Delegation of Authority


Contract Negotiations

·       Lead negotiations of complex contracts with a multitude of vendors for CN capital programs and construction projects (master services and purchase agreements, maintenance & support agreement, and statements of work)

·       Drive all activities leading to contract execution including drafting and redlining contracts; as well as liaise with the suppliers, internal stakeholders and CN Legal

·       Ensure contractual protections are put in place to protect CN’s interests and mitigate project risks

·       Identify and negotiate commercial cost reduction opportunities based on a solid understanding of cost drivers and contracts

·       Act as a single point of contact with the business units for gathering, understanding and translating business requirements into contracts

·       Ensure clear and frequent communication between peers and other departments ensuring updates on status and action plans to achieve requirements within project timing and constraints

Contract Lifecycle Management

·       Manage the contract management lifecycle process and day-to-day contract administration

·       Effective use of tools, processes and methodologies linked to contract management

·       Act as the subject-matter expert for any contract-related matters pertaining to the assigned vendors

·       Identify and report key performance metrics to measure success and drive continuous improvement of suppliers

Working Conditions

Work effectively in a complex, multi-site organization which may include some travel.



Relevant work experience

·       Minimum 7 years relevant work experience

·       Experience in planning, sourcing, negotiating, contracting and supplier management

·       Experience in drafting and negotiating contracts for major capital projects.


·       University Diploma in Engineering, Commerce, Supply Chain Management, Law or any related field or equivalent work experience


General Skills and Attributes

·       Time management: know how to prioritize

·       Communicate effectively both orally and in written

·       Communicate effectively: presentations

·       Act as ONE team: share information and build networks

·       Bilingualism: English and French

·       Develop and maintain relationships

·       Drive results: be accountable

·       Apply analytical thinking

Technical Skills/Knowledge

Proficient in MS Office Suite

Exposure to civil engineering, construction contracting, or construction management*

*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.

CN requires that all employees be fully vaccinatedagainst COVID-19 and provide proof thereof as a condition of employment. TheCompany’s vaccination mandate extends to employees of our wholly ownedsubsidiaries as well as CN’s contractors, consultants, agents and suppliers andanyone who accesses CN properties in Canada.

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.