Commodity Spend Manager
at The North West Company

Date Posted 2019-05-10

Job Description

In your role as a Commodity Spend Manager at The North West Company (NWC) you will manage spend on store supplies, food supplies, and office supplies, and work with relevant business leads to deliver the required product specifications at the lowest possible price. You will provide expert support to the Facilities team to drive more cost-effective spend on smaller capital expenditures such as Deli / HMR equipment.

Joining NWC gives you the opportunity for growth and development throughout the company, a competitive salary and benefits package, and to be part of a dynamic and diverse culture.

NWC is a leading retailer to under-served rural communities and urban neighborhood markets in the following regions: Northern Canada, Western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands, and the Caribbean. Our stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food. Our value offer is to be the best local shopping choice for everyday household and local lifestyle needs. Check out northwest.ca for more information.

Your Role:

• Work with relevant business leads (PMM, Distribution, Gibraltar House departments) to define most cost-effective specifications for required supplies;
• Manage overall spend to drive down cost per unit across all categories;
• Source vendors and negotiate vendor terms such as freight, order minimums, service level, and costs;
• Determine whether inventory should be carried in warehouse or through a distributor for each region;
• Monitor inventory levels in the stores and distribution centers to the budgeted goals;
• Drive SKU rationalization or redesign with the relevant business leads;
• Leverage innovative platforms such as e-sourcing to drive cost efficiencies;
• Develop controls to ensure that proper quantities are ordered by store or GH departments;
• Monthly, report on PL results and take corrective action as needed; and
• Ensure subordinates receive necessary training on system and reporting tools to properly perform their job duties.

Desired Skills Experience:

• Minimum 2 -5 years of retail management experience and/or previous purchasing experience;
• Bachelors degree or equivalent from 2 year college or technical school;
• Procurement experience in any industry is preferred;
• Ability to analyze financial statements is considered an asset;
• Proficient in operating computer systems, strong MS Office Suite, especially in Excel;
• Ability to manage multiple priorities;
• Ability to work across and influence stakeholders;
• Strong problem solving and time management skills; and
• Excellent organizational, planning, and prioritizing skills, within a fast-paces environment.

Location: Gibraltar House, 77 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB


Reports To: President, Canadian Retail


You may include your resume and cover letter together as a single document. A competitive salary is being offered along with opportunities to learn, develop and advance throughout the organization. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Snapshot

About Us

Looking for a Rewarding Career Opportunity?

The North West Company (NWC) has a rich enterprising legacy as one of the longest continuing retail enterprises in the world and we can trace our roots back to 1668 with many of our store locations in Northern Canada and Alaska having been in operation for over 200 years. If you’re looking for a new career, consider NWC as we’re proud to offer a broad range of rewarding opportunities that will allow you to develop and contribute to the growth of our organization.

At NWC, our mission is to be a trusted provider of goods and services within hard-to-reach, underserved and less-developed markets throughout Northern Canada, Western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands and the Caribbean. While our stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food, we strive to be the best local shopping choice for everyday household and local lifestyle needs. Our stores include; Northern, North Mart, Giant Tiger junior discount store, AC Value Center and Cost-U-Less, Inc.

Between our Canadian and International Operations, we offer a variety of career opportunities across a geographically diverse area. From our Corporate roles, Distribution, Canadian Retail to International opportunities, we provide challenge and meaningful work, growth and development and competitive pay and benefits packages.

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