Husky Energy Category Advisor in AB, Canada

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Husky is currently looking for a Category Advisor, Information Services to join their Supply Chain Management department at their Calgary, AB location.

Reporting to the Manager, Category Management, Information Services, the incumbent in this position will develop and execute innovative, strategic sourcing strategies and contracts across the Husky organization, primarily for the Software portfolio. This portfolio includes but is not limited to the categories of Software licenses and subscriptions.

The incumbents focus is on high criticality categories that impact Husky. Typically, s/he will be responsible for a category portfolio with total contract value of approximately $40MM/year. S/he will be dealing with a multi-regional view and vendors that are multinationals. Support will be provided by the Category Advisor in strategy development, sourcing and award activities, but the primary accountability for delivery of the high criticality categories will reside with the Category Manager. This accountability will remain up to the point of contract award, at which time the Category Manager hands over the categories to the Category Advisor who will assume accountability for the management of supplier performance and relationship aspects. Working closely with the Business Units, suppliers and other stakeholders, s/he will be responsible for utilizing expertise in the areas of (1) Scope Segmentation (2) Demand Planning and Forecasting (3) Market Analysis, (4) Sourcing Options Selection (5) Tendering and Market Test (6) Negotiations and Contract Award (7) Supplier Performance Management (8) Materials Management and (9) Application of Best Practices and Lessons Learned to ensure sustainable value for Husky and mitigate Husky’s risk in Supply Chain management, including achievement of value addition targets.

A future leader and bridge builder, the incumbent must possess particularly strong collaboration and forward-thinking skills which enables the incumbent to respond proactively to changing dynamics among key stakeholders and anticipating evolving demand within the primary customer base. S/he will be an effective communicator, adept at ensuring appropriate messaging of key corporate requirements, while also attune to the sensitivities and demands of the customer. S/he must be capable of leading and/or mentoring others in numerous departmental wide initiatives, delivering against tight timelines and challenging targets, while ensuring workload balance is satisfied on the teams. An ability to influence and identify common ground solutions across departmental and business unit boundaries will be key to success for this position.

Specific responsibilities will include :

  • Develop and execute enterprise wide category strategies by leading cross functional teams through Husky’s category management process based on an agreed-upon category wave plan and other business strategies approved by management, that may or may not be part of the wave plan.

  • Establish category delivery plans, cross functional teams with clear roles and responsibilities and robust stakeholder management strategies.

  • Lead the spend analysis and segmentation of categories based on spend and long-term demand including any significant organization or market changes to jointly identify opportunities gaining business and management commitment through the development of business cases.

  • Ensure category management processes are implemented and maintained from conception to close-out, in accordance with Husky Supply Chain Management policy, Husky Operational Integrity Management Systems (HOIMS), the Governance and Enablement Group and all relevant regulatory requirements.

  • Lead category or categories’ scorecard to measure performance and identify opportunities in accordance with Husky Supply Chain Management policy, Husky Operational Integrity Management Systems (HOIMS) and the Governance and Enablement Group.

  • Develop, maintain and enhance Husky’s approach to the supply market analyzing current and future market activities, trends and identifying sourcing opportunities within the category with support from the Category Business Analysts.

  • Manage the development and approval of sourcing strategies, taking into consideration both strategic and tactical levers through the application of appropriate sourcing tools and optimizing supplier relationships within the categories.

  • Manage overall sourcing process including RFX development and completion through the use of available technologies. Where appropriate utilize alternative sourcing methods, for example, reverse auctions.

  • Lead the development and negotiation of contracts, focusing on realizing the performance expectations of the strategy while managing appropriate risk allocation, acceptable terms and conditions and correct schedule utilization Manage the evaluation of RFX responses against a set of pre-defined criteria, including management of cross functional stakeholder groups preparing recommendations for award of contract. Apply total cost of ownership (TCO) methodology/methodologies.

  • Manage business stakeholder relationships across the Husky organization in order to achieve buy-in and support for establishing KPI targets, objectives and strategies.

  • Identify overall value opportunities within the category strategy including operational, structural, process and technology changes to realize benefits working with business stakeholders to initiate additional projects to realize these benefits.

  • Manage overall transition from current strategy to the new strategy working with Category Advisors and stakeholders to manage risks and change over plans minimizing business impact.

  • Ensure all SCM process, contracting documentation and master data changes are coordinated within the function, collaborating closely with all functions within Supply Chain Management.

  • Leverage industry expertise by representing Husky on industry groups, both nationally and internationally.

  • Provide mentoring and/or day-to-day direction to junior staff.

Our ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a Technical or Business discipline

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration or Supply Chain Management

  • Professional Supply Chain certification (CPP/CSCP/CPM/CPSM)

  • Minimum 7 years of Procurement Management, Supplier Relationship & Performance Management and/or Contract Management experience

  • Commercial experience with projects/categories > $50 million

  • Deep and demonstrable experience/understanding of Husky’s Operational Integrity Management System, in particular HOIMS Element 13

  • A background in oil and gas industry

  • Direct experience in Retail Construction, Maintenance, Equipment and Marketing, Travel, Fleet, Facility, Consulting and Contract Labour categories and/or Professional Services, Hardware, Telecom, Software, Subscriptions

  • The following skills are required:

o Segmentation and Team Selection

o Specify Business Requirements

o Supply Market Analysis

o Sourcing Options Selection

o Tendering and Market Test

o Negotiation and Contract Award

o Supplier Performance Management

o Reporting of SCM Information

o Review (lessons learned)

o Operating Model and Ownership of Interfaces

o Value Creation

Please note that pre-employment background checks are pre-conditions to Husky employment offers and must be completed successfully before you are confirmed to start with Husky.


At Husky, we respect diversity and embrace an inclusive culture. We value uniqueness and different perspectives as they play a critical role in our success. To achieve this, individuals are selected based on qualifications, merit, and abilities and we encourage applications from everyone including visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, women, and persons with disabilities.

Husky Energy is an integrated Canadian energy company. It is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, and is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol HSE. The Company operates Upstream and Downstream business segments, with operations in Canada, the United States, China and Indonesia.

Husky's balanced growth strategy focuses on consistent execution, disciplined financial management and safe and reliable operations.

Interested candidates must apply online at: www.huskyenergy.com/careers . Only those candidates who apply via Husky's online application process can be considered. We thank all applicants for their interest in our organization; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

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Job: *Supply Chain Management

Title: Category Advisor

Location: CAN-AB-Calgary

Requisition ID: 00045757-20190305