Oakville Hydro
Oakville, Ontario

Posted On: November 06, 2023
Last Day to Apply: December 01, 2023


Oakville Hydro delivers reliable and safe electricity to more than 76,000 individuals, families, and businesses in the Town of Oakville.  The company maintains an active commitment to conservation, safety, and is strongly invested in the social and economic well-being of the Oakville community.  Oakville Hydro is a two-time recipient of the Local Distribution Company Performance Excellence Award from the Electricity Distributors Association, as well as a Centre of Excellence Award from the Canadian Electricity Association.  Oakville Hydro has also been recognized as one of Canada’s Safest Employers.

At Oakville Hydro, we believe that our continued success as an industry leader is due to our innovative, customer focused, team-oriented employees who continually strive to exceed customer expectations and take pride in all areas of our business.

Successful Oakville Hydro employees:

  • Are customer-centric – they understand and embrace the role of delivering exemplary service
  • Lead – they lead by example through their actions and attitudes
  • Innovate – they look for opportunities to improve, do things differently, and add value for our customers and business
  • Commit to Excellence – in all that they do

We promote a culture that is diverse, inclusive, innovative, and performance driven in an environment that is fun and exciting.  Individuals who choose to be a part of our organization are offered:

  • Potential to lead innovative projects and initiatives
  • Career path exploration and development opportunities
  • Opportunities to get involved with teams and charitable events that support the community
  • Comprehensive total reward package

About the Role

We are looking for a dynamic individual with exceptional customer service skills. Working in a fast-paced, and customer-centric environment, the Buyer is responsible for the sourcing and procurement of materials, products, and services essential for business operations.  The Buyer provides procurement activities aligned with the Procurement Policy and established procurement practices and plays a key role in maintaining strong relationships with internal and external clients and suppliers.

Duties include:

  • Source and evaluate new suppliers for goods and services as required
  • Ensure that the Procurement Policy guidelines are followed through procurement workflows
  • Prepare, distribute and control of all inventory-related purchase requests
  • Process purchase requisitions, generate purchase orders and complete receiving transactions in the ERP system for goods and services
  • Assist with the coordination of procurement efforts to ensure the timely purchase of stock and non-stock materials, products, and services
  • Track, monitor and maintain purchase order schedules
  • Ensure compliance with corporate Purchasing policy, procedures and signing authorities
  • Maintain acceptable inventory levels as based on set criteria
  • Arrange inventory deliveries in support of construction date requirements
  • Obtain pricing and information from suppliers for stock and non-stock materials, products, and services
  • Maintain appropriate inventory levels of all office and stationery supplies
  • Prepare and distribute RFQs and RFPs as directed and as required
  • Generate reports for the purpose of forecasting, analyzing trends and other key purchasing metrics
  • Develop and maintain relationships with suppliers
  • Resolve invoice discrepancies, incorrect shipments and returns
  • Confirm cable base metal adjustments upon delivery. Update requisitions to confirm metal pricing where adjustments are required
  • Prepare and maintain transformer order control throughout the procurement process, ensuring timely drawing approvals to initiate the manufacturing process, and arrange certified test report reviews completed prior to delivery
  • Provide training and assistance to all ERP users related to purchase order workflows

Required Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

  • Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) designation or ability to obtain certification would be considered an asset
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a purchasing role
  • Experience within a utility environment would be an asset
  • Knowledge of purchasing practices and procedures would be an asset
  • Thorough understanding and experience in inventory planning and stock replenishment would be an asset
  • Experience in evaluating material requirements and work order processes would be an asset
  • Experience working with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems would be considered an asset

Other Success Factors:

  • Brand ambassador – enable, engage, encourage, and exemplify the behaviours and attitudes of the brand
  • Is customer centric and displays an attitude of commitment and excellence with service delivery
  • Innovate – engage colleagues and find new ways to work and win
  • Stay a step ahead – make it a priority to be in-tune with emerging technologies, and industry trends
  • The ability to communicate – stay informed of company events, industry news and advancement in technologies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to use tact and discretion when interacting with customers
  • Excellent time management and organization skills
  • Intermediate Computer skills in MS office (Outlook, Word, and Excel)
  • Strong planning, and problem-solving skills with a focus on the delivery of excellent customer service
  • Displays a keen attention to detail and can prioritize accordingly in a demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Embraces a culture of innovation and continuous improvement
  • Is a fast learner who can adapt to an ever-changing environment
  • Is agile, responsive, and displays a sense of urgency
  • Is self-motivated, with the ability to work independently or as part of team

Please send your resume with the position title in the subject line, to

Oakville Hydro is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Oakville Hydro will provide accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process.  If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform People Excellence team of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require.


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