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Ontario Clean Water Agency
Legal Services, Procurement & Insurance Group
Job Term:
1 Permanent
Job Code:
5A001 - Finance05
$68,057.00 - $98,065.00 Per Year
Posting Status:
Job ID:
The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) believes in Our Communities, Our Environment and Our People. As a trusted partner to municipalities, First Nations communities, businesses, governments and institutions across Ontario, we provide our clients with total solutions in water and wastewater. We are dedicated to working closely with our clients to help them build healthy sustainable communities and organizations and provide safe and reliable drinking water to thousands of Ontarians each day.

Join the Legal Services, Procurement & Insurance team at the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) in an exciting opportunity to provide expertise in developing and implementing procurement initiatives for the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA), and to monitor procurement/service arrangements to ensure compliance with procurement policies, directives and terms and conditions of agreement.

What can I expect to do in this role?

Reporting to the Legal Director, in this role you will:
• Partner with OCWA management to define ongoing and anticipated procurement needs and priorities.
• Provide timely information and analysis to facilitate implementation of operational and business plans for procurement, including: analysis of major supply needs.
• Advise operations management on the interpretation and application of Ontario Public Service (OPS) procurement policies, procedures and guidelines.
• Provide advice in the competitive tender process to OCWA staff to ensure Requests For Bids (RFB) comply with procurement rules and legal requirements to ensure that vendors have access to a fair and transparent procurement opportunity, within timelines, budget and deliverables; lead the development of RFP's, contracts, invitational tenders and sourcing plans/methods.
• Provide technical guidance and expertise in the form of explanations and briefings on procurement matters to assure compliance with procurement processes and through providing recommendations on approving business cases, RFB development, vendor selection, contract negotiations, business case review and corporate policy.
• Coordinate the resolution of disputes with vendors, and undertakes appropriate remedial action to address supplier non-compliance with contractual obligations and fair business practices.

How do I qualify?


• Technical knowledge OPS procurement policy, directives, supply and asset management principles and practices, to provide expert advice and guidance in choice of vendors/contractors and in developing the appropriate RFB specifications.
• Knowledge of provincial water and wastewater treatment industry processes to determine specific chemical, testing and service procurement requirements would be considered an asset.
• Knowledge of practices related to contract agreements such as contract law and competitive bidding case law to advice on risks in business decisions for procurement through the tendering process and the implications of the terms and conditions of contracts.
• Knowledge of common office software (including word processing, spreadsheet, database, project management and presentation capabilities) to create analytical reporting on vendor usage, distribution of expenditure, buying trends, and tracking of work in progress.

Skills and Ability include:

• Demonstrated consultation and problem solving skills.
• Communication and persuasion skills to advise and inform management/buyers on procurement services, processes, policies and best practices, and to work with management/buyers to develop alternate solutions to technical processes.
• Advisory skills to provide information on procurement options and to maintain good working relationships with vendors to encourage delivery of services as agreed in contract arrangement; and to promote fair and transparent process for procurement of contracts/services.
• Demonstrated analytical skill to assess the agency's procurement needs and priorities, evaluate multiple sources of required goods/services, and develop/recommend sourcing strategies.
• Exceptional organizational skills with demonstrated ability to prioritize well and meet strict deadlines.

What's in it for you?

What's in it for you?
• Flexible learning and development opportunities.
• Opportunities for career advancement and specialization with the largest provider of water and wastewater services in Ontario.
• Work with the partner of choice for more communities than any other water and wastewater service organization in Ontario for over 25 years.
• Work with an organization committed to innovation and advanced technology.
• A defined benefit pension plan; Comprehensive Health Plan; Life and Disability Insurance.
• Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits including for adoptive parents.

Additional Information:

  • 1 Permanent, 2085, Hurontario St, Mississauga, Central Region
Compensation Group:
Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario
Purchasing and Supply
Posted on:
Monday, November 30, 2020
  • T-AQ-158114/20

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