Senior Procurement Advisor

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Job ID: J0223-0121
Directorate: Finance and Procurement
Classification: SEN-09
Job Type: Indeterminate (Permanent) Full-Time
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Minimum Salary: 91493/Year
Maximum Salary: 115768/Year
Closing Date: March 3, 2024

About the Senate

The Senate plays a unique role in shaping our country’s democracy. As members of the upper house of Parliament, senators examine legislation, study public policy, champion causes and conduct interparliamentary diplomacy.

As a workplace, the Senate is composed of dynamic people representing our nation’s diverse talents, backgrounds and perspectives. We are committed to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone is provided full and equal opportunity and access to employment, development and advancement. Build and advance your career by joining a team of dedicated professionals who are committed to excellence in support of senators and the institution.

How will you contribute?

The Senior Procurement Advisor is accountable for the procurement of high dollar value consulting and professional services and the tendering for complex goods and services (audits, printing, equipment, stationery, consumable goods, furniture and furnishing) in support of Senate operation. The Senior Procurement Advisor provides a centralized contracting role: provides advice and guidance to clients on the procurement process; reviews, prepares, and submits documents for tender; manages and assists with the bid process and performs bid audits; provides advice in the evaluation of bids; prepares contracts for execution. The Senior Procurement Advisor works independently with general direction from the Manager, Procurement. The Senior Procurement Advisor provides guidance to the Procurement Advisors and to the Acquisition Officer.

The Senior Procurement Advisor is accountable for the implementation of policies and directives and is responsible for the management or conduct of expert contracting and procurement programs and projects as well as highly specialized, professional, functional and authoritative advice to Senators, Senior Management, to Responsibility Centre (RC) Managers and Project Authorities (PAs).

The position acts as the Centre of expertise on all aspects of the procurement and contracting for the management of projects to clients and colleagues of the Senator’s offices. The individual also participates in interdepartmental working groups and committees.

Open to

The general public to staff three (3) indeterminate, full-time positions in the Finance and Procurement Directorate.

This selection process may be used to staff determinate OR indeterminate positions at the same level with similar requirements.

Candidates must also provide a one-page cover letter, in addition to their resume, outlining their interest in the role and demonstrating why they aspire to become a part of the Senate of Canada team.


• Successful completion of a post-secondary degree or diploma in Business Administration or a field related to the position and four (4) continuous years’ experience in procurement within the last six (6) years;
• Procurement Certification or courses towards certification is an asset.

Extensive and recent experience for a minimum of five (5) years within the last eight (8) years in:

• The development, implementation, coordination, delivery and/or monitoring of procurement and contracting activities for goods and for high value within multi-year;
• Providing advice to clients and/or senior management on procurement issues;
• Experience in supervision is an asset;
• Experience performing quality assurance file reviews on contracting and procurement related documents is an asset;
• Preparation and validation of Contracting reports that concern contracting for Pro-Active Disclosure purposes.
• Ability to analyze and interpret procurement related plans, policies, procedures, service delivery standards and /or reports;
• Ability to prepare briefing notes, correspondence and presentations regarding contracting issues;
• Knowledge of general business laws and competitive bidding laws, contracting, industry standards and general business practices;
• Knowledge of contracting methods, techniques and practices to exercise contracting authority;
• Knowledge of practices in relation to consultation, negotiation and dispute resolution in consultation with stakeholders, to negotiate contracts;
• Project management and planning aimed at defining and developing the procurement and contract framework, ensuring that strategies and approaches support both corporate and long-term goals, and promoting the cost-efficient procurement of goods and services.

Linguistic Requirements



Action Management
Teamwork & Cooperation

Organizational Needs

The Senate of Canada is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive workplace where all employees are provided full and equal access to employment, development, and advancement opportunities.

Conditions of Employment

Candidates must consent to supply personal information and obtain a security accreditation in order to be eligible for appointment.

How to apply

Alternative selection tool methods and/or reasonable accommodation for special needs are available upon request.

Please save a copy of the notice of job opportunity. Once the closing date has passed, these documents will no longer be available.

Relocation and travel expenses incurred during this process are the applicant's responsibility.

The use of masculine gender in the text includes feminine and is used without discrimination.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. You must consent to receiving e-mails from our system in your online profile.

The Senate of Canada reserves the right to retain a determined number of candidates who best meet the essential requirements of the position.

The Senate of Canada is a separate and distinct employer from the federal public service and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act.

We thank all those who apply to this selection process.

The posting closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date stated above.