JOB OPPORTUNITY – Mississauga – Procurement Manager

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JOB OPPORTUNITY – Mississauga – Procurement Manager

We are currently hiring a full-time Procurement Manager for one of our clients & Canada’s largest flower importers, located near the Eglinton Avenue and Dixie Road area in Mississauga.

This person will strive to guarantee supply of our client’s flower product at the highest possible quality and the lowest possible price while maintaining positive relationships with the flower suppliers. The Procurement Manager is the main representative of our client outside Canada and must maintain and build the company’s excellent reputation.

  • Build client’s reputation with outside suppliers and liaise with the procurement dept.

  • Must work closely and collaboratively with client’s sales and design department

    • Satisfy the customer’s product requirements as established by the Sales and Marketing department.

    • Be a step ahead of the needs of the market in terms of new product, and ensure client remains at the forefront of product innovation while remaining profitable.

    • Adapt purchases to the needs/requirements of the market, at competitive prices for the company.

  • Farm and broker relationship management

    • Claim management

    • Payment management

    • Build trust with paper-less agreements

  • Follow and adapt to flower sourcing, trends

    • Continuously search the market for new purchasing opportunities and origins

    • Visit trade shows

    • Regularly scan for new developments in the floral industry and dry supplies

  • Product purchasing

    • Anticipate product needs and customer wants

    • Consolidate product orders from regions

    • Consolidate local purchases

    • Coordinate price negotiations

      • Price of roses in Ecuador

  • Product management

    • Customer preferences and customer prohibited product

  • Dry supply purchasing

    • Source locally and internationally

  • Product quality management

    • Ensuring purchase of the best quality for price

    • Expert on all aspects of maintaining product quality from seed to customer and transfer product knowledge

  • Communicate with other company departments about purchasing opportunities or obstacles.

  • Optimize the use of technology in purchasing

  • Define and communicate rules for supplier bids

  • Participate in the evaluation and qualification of suppliers

  • Monitor quality of purchased goods

  • Assist in solving supplier problems.

  • Collect and analyze historical and market information to assess purchasing decision and recommend improvements

  • Lead and manage purchasing team performance

  • Forecast upcoming supply and demand


  • Education

    • Minimum of college diploma or undergraduate degree in relevant field

  • Specialized knowledge

    • Detailed knowledge of flowers, varieties, design, and quality.

    • Ability to perform product and quality testing.

    • Knowledge of flower business internationally

    • Knowledge of certain flower markets in Colombia, Costa Rica, California, etc

    • Knowledge of competitor analysis process

    • Knowledge regarding flower seasonality and trends

    • Knowledge of customs and technical product requirements – identify types of goods that are prohibited or restricted and the rationale.

  • Key skills

    • Relationship management and people skills

    • Integrity and ethics in relationships and purchases

    • Floral design knowledge; bouquet design

    • Need to speak and write Spanish and English fluently

    • Need developed negotiation and problem-solving skills

    • Ability to negotiate prices and manage high impact purchases

  • Personal traits

    • Natural at building and maintaining relationships

    • Instill trust and confidence

    • High integrity and honesty

    • Empathy

    • Respect for suppliers

    • Have a good reputation within the flower industry

  • Professional certifications

    • Courses in negotiation, flower trends, flower design, and courses on quality control of perishable goods

  • Previous experience

    • Proven experience working as a flower purchaser from international and local farms.

  • Physical requirements

    • No allergies to flowers

WORKING CONDITIONS: Availability to travel as required (approx. 20-30 days per year) to places where possible negotiations could occur, and where vaccinations might be required.Available to work after hours, weekends and holidays as required.NOTE: the demands on this position is significantly higher January – June every year.
ANTICIPATED START: As soon as possible

WAGE/SALARY: $80,000 annually, starting salary

HOW TO APPLY: Please apply to our office Mon-Fri from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm @ 325 Welland Avenue, Unit 130, St. Catharines or call (905) 397-8890 for more details or to schedule an interview and registration session in your region


Posted on

September 15, 2016

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