The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Financial Services

Mount Saint Vincent University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within our community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons of any sexual orientations and gender identities and/or expressions, Indigenous persons, African Canadians, other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, and other groups that would contribute to the diversification of our campus. Candidates who identify as being from any of these groups are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify in their application materials. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The Department of Financial Services at Mount Saint Vincent University invites applications for the position of Manager, Procurement Services.

Classification: Full-time MPA Level 5 Position (currently under review)
Salary Scale: $66,454 to $80,851 per annum
Start Date: ASAP

Application Process: If you require an accommodation at any time during the application process, please let us know. Applications should include a cover letter and resume. To apply for this position, go to and follow the online application system. We will begin reviewing applications on July 15, 2024.

What you'll do


Reporting to the Director of Finance and Administration, the Manager of Procurement Services provides leadership in the strategic procurement function for approximately $10 million per year plus acquisitions for capital projects, which fluctuate significantly depending on level of activity. This position also maintains the insurance portfolio from a risk-management perspective and provides the supply interface with suppliers and contractors. The Manager of Procurement Services recommends and implements policies and procedures to facilitate an efficient and effective procurement program. The position also manages special projects as assigned by the Director of Finance and Administration.

  • The strategic procurement of goods and services through the effective use of technology and resources such as Interuniversity Services Inc.
  • Researching the best source of supply ensuring timely procurement of goods with the best value to the University
  • Maintaining the integrity of the supply chain management to ensure ethical procurement practices
  • As part of strategic procurement, consider supplier diversity
  • Calling for tenders in accordance with University policy, and provincial/federal legislation
  • Preparing specifications, drafting tender documents, electronically posting tenders, and evaluating supplier submissions.
  • Awarding contracts based on tenders and providing follow-up such as contract preparation in certain situations
  • Developing internal customer and external supplier relationships
  • Supervising the Buyer and performing day-to-day administrative duties such as reviewing purchase requisitions to ensure they meet all policy requirements
  • Following up on outstanding purchase orders on a regular basis
  • Developing both short and long-term objectives for Procurement Services, including drafting policies and procedures
  • Managing the University's insurance programs, including property, liability, vehicle, boiler, and art collection insurance.

What you'll need


The successful candidate will have a relevant university degree and a minimum of 5 years of experience in a similar role and will hold the Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) designation (or another related designation) with at least one year of supervisory experience. The ideal candidate will be a strong communicator, be very organized and have the ability to make formal presentations and work within a team environment. This position requires a high degree of initiative and independence of action. Excellent time-management and communication skills are also requirements for this position. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Products and more general experience with maximizing use of technology is required.

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Mount Saint Vincent University

A leader in online and experiential learning, Mount Saint Vincent University takes a personalized approach to education to nurture socially responsible global citizens. With equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility at the fore, MSVU has been challenging the status quo since its founding 150 years ago (1873) and today prioritizes access and impact for all underserved groups. MSVU has been nationally recognized for having one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios across its programs in Arts, Science, Education and Professional Studies; for providing students early access to valuable research opportunities; for its legacy in the advancement of women; and for facilitating critical advancements in food security, healthy aging, literacy, nutrition, childhood development and more. MSVU is located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq People.