Apply By: Thursday, October 21, 2021 11:59 pm EDT
Competition Status: Application Screening

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Ontario Science Centre
Job Term:
1 Temporary
Job Code:
02044 - Purchasing Officer 3
$1,135.19 - $1,389.60 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
The Opportunity:

Are you looking for an opportunity to showcase your procurement expertise and demonstrate your exceptional communication, analytical and administrative skills? Join us for this exciting opportunity to support innovative program procurements, modernize a standalone system in alignment with OPS best practices, and participate in the transformation of the Finance Department, Corporate Services and Operations Branch.

Guided by our mission to inspire passion for the human adventure of discovery, the Science Centre:

  • engages visitors in lifelong learning
  • is a vital link in the education and innovation ecosystems
  • is a convener of public dialogue about science, technology and society

The Science Centre welcomes 900,000 visitors each year, and offers interactive experiences and insights into science and technology that help visitors of all ages understand and contribute to the world around us.

The Ontario Science Centre, part of the Ontario Public Service, offers:

  • a progressive work environment that promotes a work/life balance
  • flexible learning and development opportunities including online training and mentorship programs
  • opportunities for career advancement and specialization through a wide range of career fields within both the Ontario Science Centre and the Ontario Public Service
  • a dedicated approach to creating an inclusive and accessible work environment for all employees
  • optional enrolment in a defined benefit pension plan and group benefits coverage

Note: This position will work remotely while the Science Centre continues to adapt its operations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role you will,

  • Provide strategic advice and expertise in developing and implementing all procurement initiatives for a diverse range of goods and services for the Ontario Science Centre
  • Provide advice and review Requests for Bids (RFB), Request for Proposals (RFP), contractual agreements, reports and information for clients and suppliers
  • Assist in the development of product and service delivery specifications and weighted evaluation criteria in consultation with clients to meet operational requirements
  • In consultation with staff, develop and manage large tenders and supplier contract negotiations
  • Investigate and resolve issues with contract compliance and vendor contract performance management
  • Support the analysis of market product and services

How do I qualify?

Purchasing and Contract Knowledge:

  • Experience with procurement policies , directives, procedures and guidelines to ensure compliance and to provide recommendations and advice as a subject expert
  • Strong understanding of the competitive bidding process and applicable contract law to advise clients on risks in business decisions for procurement
  • Demonstrated ability to research and analyze trends for the purpose of standardizing, consolidating and coordinating purchasing activities
  • Ability to acquire knowledge of products and services to plan procurement initiatives that respond to needs and issues.

Consultative and Communication Skills:

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision within a team environment including providing technical guidance to the team
  • Interpersonal skills enabling you to build effective client and supplier partnerships to advise, consult, and negotiate to achieve procurement objectives
  • Strong communication and presentation skills to develop and deliver bid evaluation meetings and client training sessions

Analytical and Administrative Skills:

  • Analytical and evaluative skills to review proposals, analyze procurement buying trends, apply pre-established evaluation criteria and minimize the potential risks or conflicts associated with the preparation of public tender documents and legal contracts.
  • Problem solving skills to determine the appropriate acquisition process from a range of alternatives and to discuss alternate business strategies with clients
  • Demonstrated planning, organizational and problem solving skills to identify and manage issues, identify risks and develop mitigating strategies to successfully carry out major procurement projects from start to finish
  • Ability to analyze client requirements, assess and develop procurement strategies, interpret procurement policies, and assess business risks of procurement plans
  • Well-developed computer and internet skills to research products and services and prepare relevant analysis of procurement data to create useable reports

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti- racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Additional Information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 18 months, 770 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, Toronto Region
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Finance and Economics
Posted on:
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
  • T-SC-170166/21
Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.
All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.
Remember: The deadline to apply is Thursday, October 21, 2021 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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