Senior Purchasing Officer-Talent Pool

Posting Date: May 24, 2024

Location: Edmonton, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information
Job Title: Senior Purchasing Officer-Talent Pool 
Job Requisition ID: 56131
Ministry: Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction
Location: Edmonton (downtown)
Full or Part-Time: Full Time
Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Permanent/Temporary: Permanent
Scope: Open Competition
Closing Date: Open until suitable candidates found
Classification: Program Services 3 Market Adjustment 
Salary: ​$2,626.89 to $3,448.73 bi-weekly ($68,561 - $90,011/ year)


The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit:

The Procurement Services branch in Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction works toward Government of Alberta's (GoA) mandate for efficient, open, and transparent procurement.

We are recruiting Senior Purchasing Officers in the Corporate Purchasing unit of the Procurement Services Branch. This unit provides centralized services for all GoA ministries that need to acquire supplies. Our team leads competitive procurements, in alignment with trade agreements and provincial legislation.

The Procurement Services Branch is a great place to build your public sector procurement career, with opportunities for future career advancement in a growing, dynamic team. If you have ever tagged something #procurementgeek, this is the place to call home.

Candidates who are successful in the selection process will be placed on a qualified list, which will be used to fill current and future Senior Purchasing Officer positions.


Role Responsibilities

Are you a procurement professional looking for your next opportunity in the public service? Do you wish you could spread your enthusiasm for contract details and well-crafted procurement documents?

If the answer is yes, we want you to consider a career in Corporate Purchasing!

We are looking for Senior Purchasing Officers to lead supplies procurements for all GoA departments. These positions report to a Procurement Manager in the Corporate Purchasing unit.

As a Senior Purchasing Officer, you will:


  • Conduct open and fair procurements that comply with trade agreements, government legislation and purchasing policies;
  • Work closely with client departments, developing clear and concise solicitation documents;   
  • Respond to enquiries from vendors and clients regarding the tendering process;
  • Use the Supply Chain Management functions of the GoA’s Enterprise Resource Planning system (1GX);
  • Evaluate vendor responses and prepare recommendations for contract awards; and 
  • Proactively resolve contract issues with vendors.

To be successful in this role you must:

  • Be a great communicator, who is organized and attentive to details;
  • Be motivated to work independently to solve problems;
  • Be comfortable balancing diverse, sometimes conflicting client needs; 
  • Look for ways to be a positive influence, even without positional authority; and
  • Be able to develop user expertise in a complex Enterprise Resource Planning IT system (1GX).

In addition, as a Senior Purchasing Officer, you:

  • Have experience developing specifications for inclusion in RFx (solicitation) documents; and
  • Are familiar with the unique aspects of procurement in the public sector, including trade agreements and requirements for open, competitive tendering.

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.

The competencies most necessary for the role include:


  • Systems Thinking
    You understand a range of stakeholder perspectives and how they interrelate;
  • Agility
    You are able to anticipate changing demands and adapt accordingly;
  • Drive for Results
    You are able to remove barriers to collaboration and achievement of outcomes.

This link will assist you with understanding competencies:


The minimum recruitment standards for the Senior Purchasing Officer, Program Services 3 (PS3) classification are:

  • University graduation in a related field and 2 years of related experience in procurement.

Equivalencies to these recruitment standards are:

  • Directly related experience in procurement can be considered on the basis of 1 year of experience for 1 year of education.
  • Directly related education can be considered on the basis of 1 year of education for 1 year of experience.

If you do not meet the minimum recruitment standards (or equivalents) for the PS3 classification, but you are interested in building your public sector procurement career in the Corporate Purchasing unit, you can still apply. However, your application can only be considered for a position at a lower classification.

The following are considered assets:


  • Professional purchasing certification (e.g. SCMP or similar);
  • Experience using Ariba supply chain management software (or similar);
  • Experience navigating GoA’s 1GX technology system;
  • Working knowledge of government policies, organizational structures and decision-making machinery.

Minimum recruitment standards outline the minimum education and experience required for appointment to a job classification. 

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Qualifications (Cont'd)

Your cover letter and resume will be used to assess your qualifications, including your written communication skills and your attention to detail.

To be considered for this competition, your application must include a cover letter and resume.

Ensure your cover letter meets all of the following criteria:


  • Includes a professional salutation;
  • Identifies the relevant job opportunity;
  • Is concise, without spelling/grammatical errors; 
  • Provides specific information about the number of years of experience you have in procurement, and how many of those years involved working with clients to develop solicitation documents; and
  • Clearly explains why you are interested in public sector procurement.

Ensure your resume meets all of the following criteria:

  • Includes starting and ending month & year of each role;
  • Is concise, without spelling/grammatical errors; 
  • Clear, consistent layout that demonstrates your attention to detail; and 
  • Provides information about each role, using bullet points to clarify its relevance to the requirements of this job.

Applications without a cover letter and resume that meet all of these criteria will not be considered.


Review all sections of this job ad and ensure your cover letter and resume meet the listed criteria. Applications without a cover letter and resume that meet the criteria will not be considered.

Please note that final candidates will undergo security screening.

Our office is located at Oxbridge Place in downtown Edmonton (9820 106 Street). Hybrid work options may be available (3 days in the office, 2 days working from home), subject to operational viability.

Hours of Work are Monday to Friday, 8:15 am to 4:30 pm, with one-hour lunch break. Flexible work schedules may be available on a case-by-case basis, subject to government policy and operational viability.

Any costs associated with obtaining required documents/checks or interview travel expenses will be the responsibility of the candidate. Out-of-province applicants can obtain the required documents/checks from the province they currently reside in. 

Links and information on what the GOA have to offer to prospective employees:


How To Apply
Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience, and relevant examples of required competencies.

Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit for more information. Please visit Recruitment Principles, for more information.

It is recommended applicants who have completed post-secondary studies from outside of Canada obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)( or from a recognized Canadian Credential Evaluator; please visit the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada for more information (

It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Closing Statement
This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, please contact Liliane Karara at