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Senior Buyer

Country/Region:  CA
City:  Victoria



Senior Buyer (Permanent)

Victoria, BC



Underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, asset management, and specialist training, Babcock International works with customers around the world to improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within the key market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear.


In Canada, Babcock works in the Marine sector, where our teams provide critical and complex support to Canada’s submarine fleet. Our Canadian team is proud to be trusted to deliver key naval in-service support for the Royal Canadian Navy. We also operate in the Aviation sector, where Babcock ensures that the aircrew trainees of our partner nations receive the world’s best flying training. We deliver vital aerial emergency services and are proud to have been selected by the Government of Manitoba to deliver their wildfire suppression services, as well as key components of their critical air ambulance services. As well, we have expanded into the Canadian Nuclear Energy Industry. Cavendish Nuclear, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Babcock International Group, is a leading nuclear services company with a growing national and global presence. Drawing on over 60 years of nuclear experience, Cavendish Nuclear provides specialized service solutions in Canada, with global capabilities across the entire nuclear life cycle.

Whether it is providing technical training instruction, developing training materials or maintaining critical training assets, Babcock is trusted by its customers to deliver world-class training solutions.

Our business relies on our people delivering their best day in and day out. As individuals, we all make a difference to our colleagues, our customers and others who we interact with on a daily basis. Collectively at Babcock, our employees embody the ‘Being Babcock’ principles that help make us great at what we do:


  • Always strive to deliver
  • Build great relationships based on trust
  • Safeguard customers’ reputations
  • Never compromise on health and safety
  • Challenge ourselves and each other
  • Respect people and value their diversity
  • Thrive on complexity
  • Trust our people to deliver


We encourage you to explore our Babcock Canada website to learn more about us at


In this role, you will:


Support a team to provide procurement support to both existing projects and new business opportunities (as required).


  • Team Support: The Senior Buyer shall provide support to the Operational Procurement Team and support the Procurement Manager in activities such as training, development and succession planning.


  • Conduct sourcing: The Senior Buyer shall gain experience in Babcock Canada’s procurement procedures and is responsible for procuring goods and services across the team within the following framework:
    • Schedule – Procure goods and services in a timely manner in order to meet the project schedule
    • Cost – Achieve the lowest total acquisition cost and negotiate savings where possible
    • Quality – Responsible for suppliers’ quality performance; engage with internal stakeholders such as engineering, technical inspectors and cataloguing to resolve any technical issues that may emerge
    • Follow Babcock Canada’s commercial guidelines and ensure all contracts are within the agreed terms and conditions
    • Negotiate Standing Offer Agreements and/or Service Level Agreements with suppliers as required
    • Perform market analysis and supply chain design in support of new business


  • Manage Supply: The Senior Buyer shall manage suppliers and will be responsible for supplier relationships:
    • Engage proactively with the suppliers to develop formal relationships
    • Manage Supply Chain risk, as required
    • Ensure that goods and services are delivered on-time; advise customers (internal and external) if goods and services are late and develop mitigation actions
    • Act as the point of contact for all supplier issues pertaining to logistics, invoicing, documentation, etc.
    • Support Category Management and assist in developing category/supplier strategies
    • Where possible, identify and develop new suppliers
    • Deliver and exceed customer expectations using key performance indicators (KPIs) whilst aiming for continuous improvements


  • Manage the Order Book: The Senior Buyer is responsible for order book management across the team (the order book covers the entire lifecycle, including but not limited to requisition to purchase order, delivery, payment and closeout)
  • Assist the Procurement Manager as and when required with the day to day operation and management of the procurement activities 
  • Attend meetings on behalf of the Procurement Manager and close out actions


The ideal candidate brings:


  • You hold a Bachelor of Commerce, Economics, a degree/diploma in a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • You have at least 4+ years of relevant experience
  • You are APICS, MCIPS, or SCMA qualified, or hold an equivalent Procurement qualification
  • You have knowledge of commercial business practices
  • You have proven communication skills, both verbally and written, and are able to communicate effectively with stakeholders at all levels
  • You have experience in sourcing and supplier selection, supplier relationship management, supplier capability assessments, supply chain risk management and negotiation/conflict resolution
  • You are proficient with MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • You have experience in industrial supply chain (considered an asset)
  • You have experience with Enterprise Resource Planning systems (such as SAP, IFS) (considered an asset)
  • Proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning that you must have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Government of Canada with the final dose at least 14 days prior to your start date
  • You are eligible for a Canadian Secret Security and ITAR Clearance


Applicants, please apply online at


Babcock Canada supports the safety and wellbeing of our employees through the following programs:

  • Contributions towards an employee’s physical and mental health
  • Wellness days
  • Supportive work life balance: flexible work schedule and competitive annual vacation time off
  • Comprehensive health and dental benefits
  • Pregnancy and Parental Leave top-up available
  • Employer matching of employee retirement contribution
  • Employee recognition and bonus programs
  • Support of professional development and reimbursement of membership dues
  • Relocation assistance for individuals and families

Babcock is committed to promoting a workforce without boundaries. One that welcomes everyone to contribute to our success regardless of race, nationality, colour, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability or age. If you require accommodation during any stage of our recruitment process, please let us know how we can assist you.


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