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Category Lead I

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Category Lead I

Sourcing - PDHIS

Burnaby, BC

What you'll do
  • As a member of the Category leadership team, is accountable for the provision of leadership, planning and overall implementation of integrated province-wide contract management program as it relates to their product categories. Their aspects of Contract Management program are realized over a period of 3 years. Realizes program through the management/coordination of staff, contracts, suppliers, product/supply categories for the Category team.
  • For their category inputs on development and sustainment of provincial contracting strategy and supply chain re-design program.
  • Implements provincial contract management plan for their category to deliver improved value (Contract Savings and actual Internal Rate of Return) to SSO and HA. Tracks & reports on actual savings rates & IRR.
  • Develops annual operational plan for category team that allocates internal resources budgets to enables delivery of provincial contract management plan and appropriate service delivery standards within the fiscal restraints of the department. Manages plan through appropriate interpretation of policies and department practices. Establishes methods and controls that result in delivery of anticipated outcomes within constraints of the plan.
  • Takes corrective action to ensure delivery against operational plan, contract management plan, savings and IRR targets.
  • Understands dynamics of first, second and third tiers within their category supply chains to ensure supply chains are efficient, robust and disruption risks are well managed.
  • Ensures appropriate levels of collaboration, coordination within marketplaces to ensure they are responsive, aligned and efficient.
  • Tracks, trends and forecasts, through scenario development, marketplace and organizational shifts that result from changes in the regulatory, technological, social, economic and supplier organizational environments.
  • Provides regular briefings on marketplace trends & scenarios to SSO senior management and board. Incorporates these scenarios into contract management program.
  • Tracks, trends and forecasts the risk profile of category suppliers, marketplaces and supply tiers.
  • Ensures risk profiles are managed to acceptable levels through the structuring supply chains and marketplaces.
  • Identifies opportunities to collaborate with other Supply Chain organizations to build and leverage inter-provincial and national supply chains and supply chain design and management methods to the benefit of SSO. In conjunction with Director pursues those opportunities that are appropriate.
  • Develops positive relationships with external stakeholders including healthcare service providers, vendors and outside contractors, professional organizations, group purchasing organizations.
  • Utilizes best practices while remaining cognizant of organizational maturity constraints with in SSO, HA and Supplier organizations when formulating advice and recommendations for senior management and when developing recommendations for contract management program.
  • Manages all aspects of strategic sourcing to manage risk, quality, ethical practice and environmental practices
  • Ensures compliance with procurement policies and department practices. Manages groups' activities so that business practices are fully transparent.
  • Recommends and develops commodity and service contracts, corporate agreements and price normalization agreements. Recommends awards and issues contracts on behalf of the SSO.
  • Uses Category Management implementation and change management processes and practices to build Health Authority, SSO SC branch and clinician buy in and active support for Provincial contract management & supply chain redesign program. Recommends improvements where and when appropriate.
  • Utilizes with skill, innovation and creativity the business processes, practices and methods for category management, request for proposal, negotiation and contract management.
  • Ensures continuous improvement through running lessons learned processes and implementation in there area of responsibility lessons learned program.
  • Supports benchmarking, participation in industry organizations, and develops personal networks with other professionals to establish Supply Chain design and management best practices.
  • Ensures employees in their category are trained processes/procedures/practices and methods and that they are carried out consistently throughout their team.
  • Foster the provincial Supply Chain perspective and promotes and facilitates innovation in service delivery and a high level of customer service.
  • Educates branch levels, supports branch development and ensures timely support from their centre of excellence to the the branch such that the branches can effectively provide request and expenditure management.
  • Ensures their centre of excellence works with warehouse & logistics organization through all stages of design and implementation.
  • In collaboration with their peers in Standardization, Warehouse & Logistics and Branches, utilizes provincial span of accountability to designs supply chains to provide competitive and efficient province-wide marketplaces and supply chains that maximize business opportunities and drives regional spend to provincial as much as is practical.
  • In conjunction with peers in Branches, monitors supply chain performance and drives supplier management to ensure that value improvements are being delivered.
  • In collaboration with peers in Standardization, use information to identify opportunities for changes in Standards of Patient Care within Health Authority
  • Supports Category Management Leads participation in the development and implementation of the Category Management input into Supply Chain's strategic plan; ensures that key issues related their portfolio are clearly articulated during the strategic planning process; implements approved initiatives.
  • Provides guidance to other members of the Supply Chain leadership team.
  • Works collaboratively with other Supply Chain personnel, peers within HA and leadership of supplier organization to resolve organizational maturity constraints with in SSO, HA and Supplier organizations

What you bring

  • Masters degree or equivalent level of education, training and experience OR Post secondary degree with Procurement certification OR equivalent level of education, training and experience.
  • Certified Purchasing Professional designation a definite asset.

Skills & Knowledge
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of legislative obligations and provincial commitments found in the foundational documents - including Truth & Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Calls for Justice (2019), the Declaration Act Action Plan and Remembering Keegan: A First Nations Case Study - and how they intersect across the health care system.
  • Supports team members on their learning journey related to Indigenous-specific Anti-racism, Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility, DEI and anti-racism.
  • Works collaboratively with appropriate Indigenous teams and Diversity Equity and Inclusion departments to ensure holistic application of culturally safe, equitable and anti-racist lenses.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities of settler colonialism on Indigenous Peoples and familiarity with addressing Indigenous-specific anti-racism, anti-racism and Indigenous Cultural Safety and foundational documents and legislative commitments (The Declaration Act, the Declaration Action Plan, TRC, IPS, Remembering Keegan, etc.).

What we bring

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That's why we're focused on your care too - offering health, wellness, development programs to support you - at work and at home.
  • Join one of BC's largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations - offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.

Job Type: Regular, Full-Time

Salary Range: $106,026 - $152,413 /year. The starting salary for this position would be determined with consideration of the successful candidate's relevant education and experience, and would be in alignment with the provincial compensation reference plan. Salary will be prorated accordingly for part time roles.
1795 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC V5C 6E3
Closing date:
Applications accepted until position is filled
Hours of Work:
7:30 - 15:30 (Monday to Friday)
Requisition #

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

What we do

The Provincial Health Services Authority ( PHSA ) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people - Be compassionate - Dare to innovate - Cultivate partnerships - Serve with purpose.

Learn more about PHSA and our programs:

PHSA is committed to equity in our hiring and employment practices. With learning and compassion, we are addressing existing inequities and barriers throughout our systems. PHSA is seeking to create a diverse workforce and to establish an inclusive and culturally safe environment. We invite applications and enquiries from all people, particularly those belonging to the historically, systemically, and/or persistently marginalized groups identified under the B.C. Human Rights Code.

One of PHSA's North Star priorities is to eradicate Indigenous-specific racism, which includes dismantling barriers to health care employment at every level. We welcome Indigenous individuals to apply and/or contact the Sanya'kula Team (Indigenous Recruitment & Employee Experience) for support at .

Indigenous-specific anti-racism initiatives are rooted in addressing the unique forms of discrimination, historical and ongoing injustices, and marginalization faced by Indigenous peoples. These initiatives align with an Indigenous rights-based approach, recognizing the inherent rights and self-determination of Indigenous communities. PHSA must uphold legislative obligations and provincial commitments found in the foundational documents such as including Truth & Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Calls for Justice (2019), the Declaration Act Action Plan and Remembering Keegan: A First Nations Case Study.

ATTN: PHSA Employees:

To be considered as a PHSA employee (internal applicant) for this position, you must apply online via your internal profile at

Please note the internal job posting will no longer be accessible after the expiry date of July 16, 2024. If the internal job posting has expired, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk and advise that you would like to be considered as a late internal applicant for this position. Please do not apply for the external job posting.

If you have not registered your internal profile, a password is required to log in for the first time. To obtain your password, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk at 604-875-7264 or 1-855-875-7264. Please note regular business hours are Monday - Friday (excluding stats), 8:30am to 4:30pm. For inquiries outside of regular business hours, please email the Internal Jobs Help Desk at and a Help Desk Representative will contact you the next business day.

About PHSA

Canada's first provincial health services authority. Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC. PHSA's primary role is to ensure that BC residents have access to a coordinated network of high-quality specialized health care services. PHSA operates provincial programs including BC Children's Hospital, BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre, BC Emergency Health Services, BC Cancer, BC Centre for Disease Control and BC Transplant. It is also responsible for specialized provincial health services like chest surgery and trauma services, which are delivered in a number of locations in the regional health authorities.


Government Health Care

Company Size

10,000+ employees

Application closing date is 2024-09-08

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