Employment type: Full-time
City: Vancouver
Last visit: 2014-10-28
Author's ads: 1

Posted: 2014-10-28


As Canada's National Research Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics, TRIUMF was founded to provide the centralized resources, tools, and expertise in pursuit of compelling science in ways that no single university could build or maintain. At its core, then, TRIUMF is a partnership among leading Canadian research universities. Through international partnerships, TRIUMF connects Canada to the global science and technology community.

In support of our program of work, we are currently looking for a Buyer to join our Procurement team and purchase supplies and services related to the following commodity areas: Computer, Electronic, Electrical and Technical Systems.   The scope of the position includes the continuous effort to improve operations and costs, to decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and to provide quality customer service.

Key areas of responsibility are in the purchasing and expediting of appropriate commodities in a timely and cost effective way. This involves, but is not limited to:

reviewing requests and interacting with vendors

examining price, suitability, and availability of items or services; researching products

comparing specifications and reviewing alternatives to fulfill TRIUMF objectives

evaluating invitations to bid

problem and complaint resolution

advising and guiding end-users in Purchasing decisions

mastering ERP system (AGRESSO) to improve buying efficiencies

may be assigned special projects involving highly technical specifications

may be assigned overflow work from the Procurement Group Leader


An understanding of Supply Chain Management processes

A thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of centralized purchasing, the national standards of purchasing methods, and a solid understanding of the entire supply chain process

Familiarity with the assigned commodities including sources of supplies, commodity markets, price trends, grades, and qualities

Solid understanding of common business practices relating to the purchase, pricing, terms, shipment, taxes, and payment for commodities and services must be demonstrated in order to be effective

Understanding of contract administration

Demonstrated negotiation skills

Excellent oral and written English communication, comprehension and interpretation skills

Demonstrated experience working with ERP systems used in managing business processes

Good working knowledge of the internet and internet sourcing

Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel and Word)

Fast learner with good numerical reasoning and analytical ability, and inherent attentiveness to detail, and the ability to multi-task and deal with changing priorities

Strong relationship building and people skills to foster co-operation between diverse groups;       the ability to work as an effective team member

Legally able to work in Canada (Citizen or Permanent Resident)

Preferred Qualifications:

University degree or the equivalent in training and experience

5 + years’ experience as a Buyer

SCMP/ CPPB certification.

Proven history taking initiative and delivering improvements

We offer:

3 weeks’ vacation to start; 4 weeks after 2 years; plus time off between Christmas and New Years

Excellent dental, extended health, and vision care benefits; Retirement Pension Plan

35 hour work week

Hiring salary range: $58k to $64k per year

An excellent opportunity to enhance your career portfolio in a high profile national research facility.

TRIUMF is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace, and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates. Your complete application package should be submitted by email as noted below, and will include the following:

Employment Application Form

Cover letter indicating Competition # and salary expectations


Reference details

TRIUMF Human Resources (Comp. # 446)


All documents must be submitted in one of the following formats:

PDF (preferred)

Plain Text

Microsoft Word

Applications accepted until November 28, 2014

TRIUMF Human Resources, 2014-10-27

Career Level: Experienced

Industry: Research and Development

Job Function: Administrative and Clerical