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Title:  Local Category Manager - Procurement Department - (Contract - 14 months) Montreal, QC

Job ID:  80322
Country:  Canada
City:  Montreal
Professional area:  Procurement
Contract type:  Temporary
Professional level:  Experienced

Montreal, QC, CA, H2J 2C3


Local Category Manager - Procurement Department – (Contract – 14 months) Montreal, QC

Hybrid Working Conditions


About JTI

JTI-Macdonald Corp., established in 1858, is one of Canada’s oldest and leading tobacco companies employing approximately 500 employees across the country with the headquarters in Mississauga (Ontario), manufacturing facilities in Montreal (Quebec) and sales offices across the country. In 2022, we have been certified as Canada’s #1 Employer by the Top Employers Institute. 
JTI-Macdonald Corp is a member of the Japan Tobacco International (JTI) group, a subsidiary of JT Inc. JTI is a leading international tobacco and vaping company, with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and an international workforce of 48,000 employees. Our world-renowned brands are available in over 130 markets. Though the tobacco industry is changing, JTI remains committed to provide adult consumers with a choice of a wide portfolio of quality products including those with the potential to reduce the risks associated with smoking. 
In 2022, JTI was recognized as a Global Top Employer for the eighth consecutive year with certifications in 66 countries around the world. This achievement showcases JTI’s commitment that every employee should be able to work in a safe environment, thrive professionally and be their authentic selves in the workplace. For more information we invite you to visit

Position Purpose


Reporting to the GSC Canada Procurement Manager, the Local Category Manager is responsible for the procurement activities of the following activities: 

  • Non-Tobacco Material (NTM) 
  • Non-Production Spend (NPS) 
  • Spare Parts (SP)
  • Human Resources (HR)
  • Information Technology (IT)


Please note that planning tasks such as: PO creation, ordering/deliveries follow-up are performed by another department and not by Procurement. Therefore, the Local Category Manager role will not be performing buyer activities but more specifically strategic bidding & sourcing initiatives, relationship management and negotiations.


We are seeking for a motivated and driven individual ready to meet new professional challenges. 


Scope of role


Category Management Strategy



  • The nominated candidate will be in charge of multiple factory procurement categories related to the tobacco manufacturing industry (Non-exhaustive list of categories: Non-Tobacco Material, Spare Parts, NPS, IT, HR)
  • Define and implement supply chain strategies for Service categories, ensuring alignment with local and global company objectives. Document and communicate local strategies.
  • Establish relationships with budget holders and ensure participation in cost and supply base improvement efforts.
  • Demonstrate value to business partners through collective collaboration on efficiency, knowledge of the supplier market, supplier risk and compliance matters.
  • Consistently working with strong communication skills, organizational skills, and cost-savings initiatives
  • Effectively and collaboratively identify, escalate, mitigate and resolve risk, conduct and compliance matters.

Supplier Management:


  • Identifies and manages local suppliers' pool. 
  • Negotiates strategic contracts and ensures optimum and sustainable supply conditions. Recommends timely strategic decisions where relevant to secure procurement efficiencies. 
  • Demonstrates ability to challenge status quo, proposes and runs projects that will add value to the Company. Provides necessary support to Global or Regional procurement teams for implementation. 
  • Manages SRM with key local suppliers in full coordination with Global/Regional directions. Supports Global Category and Regional teams to build Innovation & Sustainability strategy with Global/Regional suppliers and promotes any ideas that could represent a competitive advantage for JTI.


KPIs & Targets: 


  •  Achieves set Procurement negotiation targets and KPIs. Plans and delivers Savings targets. Develops and recommends strategic sourcing plan/decisions. 
  • Leads and /or supports supplier bidding processes in close cooperation with respective business partners to ensure best combination of quality, cost and service parameters / conditions for products and services are attained. 
  • Drives ad hoc cost optimization and continuous improvement initiatives


Business Partnership: 


  • Ensure business connectivity and foster collaborative business partnership with specific stakeholders. 
  • Focuses on demonstrating value of Business Partnership, by developing a customer-oriented approach. 
  • Aligns strategy with key business partners and ensures it meets Business' priorities. 
  • Establishes alignment and effective communication among procurement organization, business partners and suppliers. 
  • Takes preventive actions to avoid supply issues and support problem solving where required. 


Market Intelligence: 


  • Shares category intelligence, identifies trends and opportunities and promotes innovative ideas. 
  • Applies best practices in procurement process management by utilizing latest models and takes necessary actions for areas of improvement. 
  • Conducts supply risk assessments, builds contingency plans, finds alternative ideas, solutions in securing best conditions for the company including extensive market research and proactive sourcing of innovative suppliers.

Qualifications & Experience


  • Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma in Business or related Finance /Business management / Supply Chain field 
  • 3 to 5 years related business experience with a Consumer-Packaged Goods and/or Global organization
  • Business, Financial and Contract Acumen
  • Complex contract negotiations (asset)
  • Procurement Designation (asset)


Skills, Competencies & Languages


  • Strong and demonstrated communication skills & interpersonal skills
  • Excellent understanding and experience in category management and strategic sourcing process (asset)
  • Microsoft Excel knowledge
  • Comfortable leading and driving negotiations (asset)
  • SAP ERP knowledge (asset)
  • Experience and knowledge of identified categories and industry best practices an asset.
  • Establishes ownership and personal accountability for assigned categories and projects
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Bilingualism is mandatory (English and French) writing and speaking

Working conditions & Benefits

•    Flexible working hours: 35 hours/week
o    4 days and a half (Monday to Friday 1PM)
o    Every Friday afternoon off
•    Hybrid working schedule (2 days at the office, 3 days at home)
o    May vary depending on business needs
•    Onsite free gym access


Additional Information
JTI-Macdonald Corp. is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. Accommodations during the recruitment process are available upon request for candidates with disabilities.


Please note that we welcome internal referrals, as per policy and candidates must be duly authorized to work in Canada.


We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those invited for an interview will be contacted.


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