Senior Contracts Specialist
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 technology 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.
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
Lead negotiations of complex contracts with a multitude of vendors for CN corporate strategic programs and operational technology projects (master services and purchase agreements, license agreements, maintenance & support agreement including Service Level 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
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 managementExperience in drafting and negotiating technology contracts for major projects (from initial implementation to maintenance), including hardware, software licensing and professional services
Education / Certification / Designation
University Diploma in Business Administration, 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 I&T, software development and open source industry*
Any knowledge for any of the above would be considered as an asset
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.
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