Associate Procurement Specialist – Irving – Halifax

  • Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Competition Number: 20001786
  • Deadline: June 5, 2020


Located at 3099 Barrington Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Irving Shipbuilding has a proud history as Canada’s shipbuilder. A proud member of the J.D. Irving, Limited family of companies, we have been building quality vessels and fabricated modules for more than 50 years, and our Halifax Shipyard has been at the forefront of Canadian shipbuilding for 130 years.

Since 2012, we have invested more than $400 million in facilities, people, processes, and technology, making Halifax Shipyard one of the most modern and capable shipyards in the world. Over the next 30 years our shipbuilders will construct 23 modern patrol ships and surface combatants for the Royal Canadian Navy as part of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, the largest defence procurement in Canadian history.

This year, we will deliver the lead Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, the largest Navy ship built in Canada in 50 years. And we’re just getting started. We’re growing our team with career-defining opportunities that will revitalize Canada’s shipbuilding industry and provide Canada’s sailors with the ships they need to protect Canada’s interests at home and abroad. Our workforce of over 2,000 will grow to more than 2,800 at peak construction of the Canadian Surface Combatants.

We have built more than 80% of Canada’s current combatant fleet and continue to perform maintenance and modernization work on the ships, including the Halifax-class frigates.

Effective Supply Chain capability takes skill, talent, resolve, and the ability to think on your feet and develop solutions to unexpected challenges. When you’re a company as vast and differentiated as Irving Shipbuilding, solving fresh challenges becomes the name of the game—and we’re seeking an Associate Procurement Specialist. Reporting to the Manager, Procurement, the Associate Procurement Specialist will apply industrial expertise, energy and strategic/ operational capabilities to deliver Best in Class performance fit for the 21st century.

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is recruiting Associate Procurement Specialists. This is a full-time permanent role based in Halifax NS.


Supplier engagement including:

  • Develop and improve supplier quality, cost, and delivery performance.
  • Issue Purchase Orders for material and services.
  • Provide advice on contractual claims.

Contract management including:

  • Negotiate contracts and long-term agreements.
  • Execution of negotiated contract through Irving Shipbuilding’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) & MRP (Material Resource Planning) systems.
  • Provide advice on contractual claims.

Integrated sourcing initiatives including:

  • Develop and implement category sourcing strategies.
  • Analyze market conditions (ex: pricing, availability, lead-time and capacity).

Continuous improvement including:

  • Support new product introduction activities.
  • Apply the principles of continuous improvement to the design and development of supply chain processes.
  • Undertake cost analysis for direct material and services.


  • Education Required: Post-secondary education
  • Years of Experience Required – 0-2 years of relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills
  • Strong sense of urgency to complete tasks
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Previous exposure to market analytics and insights
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office

All successful applicants must meet requirements for Canadian Controlled Goods Program (CGP), Canadian Government Security clearance, and U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

What We Offer:

Irving Shipbuilding is proud to offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including but not limited to:

  • A flexible medical, dental, and vision plan;
  • Employee & Family Assistance Programs;
  • RRSP matching program;
  • Health & Wellness reimbursements;
  • Opportunities to take part in job related training and development;
  • Growth and progression opportunities within Irving Shipbuilding and the larger network of the JD Irving group of companies.

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