Senior Category Specialist
Irving Oil
Saint John, NB
Who are we?

Founded in 1924, Irving Oil is a family-owned company with operations throughout Eastern Canada, New England, and Ireland with a focus on providing exceptional service and high-quality products to our customers. Every day, we strive to put our good energy in action to bring families together, support the environment and local wildlife, and to create learning opportunities that empower the next generation.

Here's what you can expect from us
When you're a part of our team, you'll see how we bring good energy to our business and our employees. Together, we will support our corporate strategy, high standards and the communities where we live and work. Our collaborative approach, commitment to diversity and inclusion along with our safety-first culture helps reinforce our internal brand position where People Matter. That's why we're dedicated to the development of our employees, so that they can reach their career goals.

What you can expect in a typical day
The Senior Category Specialist is accountable for managing Construction, Maintenance, and Engineering Services that impact Irving Oil. The primary accountability of the Senior Category Specialist will be to plan category strategies, lead sourcing initiatives, and manage supplier contracts, relationships and performance across a variety of business units.

What you’ll need to succeed

Working with the Category Manager, you will lead the development and implementation of strategic category plans using a one company approach with a 3 - 5 year outlook.
Manage the strategic sourcing process, including RFx initiatives, proposal evaluations, contract negotiations, execution, and maintenance.
Conduct competition reviews for supply market analyses.
Identify and implement potential spend and supply consolidation across business functions.
Build collaborative relationships with our external supply partners as well as internal stakeholders to develop execution plans, manage business drivers, and identify / mitigate risks.
Identify and facilitate value creation opportunities and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) reduction initiatives.
Develop and lead the implementation of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to drive continuous improvement and increase business value and productivity with suppliers.
Lead change within the organization and ensure all category management standards and processes, contracting documentation and master data changes are executed, maintained, and archived according to the Supply Management policy.
Be compliant with and engage in all related regulatory requirements (i.e. Transportation of Dangerous Goods).

Professional skills

Strong ability to work as part of a team, network, and build relationships.
Strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
Strong negotiation, influencing, and persuasion skills.
Strong analytical, problem solving, and cost modeling skills.
Ability to develop strategic visions and create plans for implementation.
Ability to evaluate and mitigate commercial risks.
Ability to manage multiple priorities is critical.
Experience with best practice analytics.
Professional demeanor and presentation.


Travel is not a requirement for this position; however some local travel may be necessary from time to time.

Education and experience

Post-secondary education in business, engineering, or equivalent experience.
Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation or other similar designation a definite asset.
7-10+ years of experience in Supply Chain Management.
Experience working in the oil and gas industry is an asset.
Experience in the engineering sector is an asset.
Good knowledge of MS Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint (create, populate, update).

Irving Oil supports a diverse and inclusive work environment and welcomes applications from all qualified applicants.

Job Requirements - Work Experience

Supply Management

Job Requirements - Education

Bachelors: Business Administration (Required)


Saint John, NB