Purchasing Superintendent

Mill Operations

Date Posted: February 19, 2023

Job Location: Quesnel

Job Type: Coop

Start: Immediately

Company: West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.


Address: PO 7500, 50 North Star Road, Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada V2J 3J6

Job Description

West Fraser is a leading international forest products
Recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers,
we continue to grow. Our goals are straightforward – excellence in
people, responsibility in communities in which we live, challenge,
and growth.

Our Cariboo Pulp division in Quesnel, BC has an
immediate opening for the dynamic role of:


Reporting to the Maintenance & Reliability Manager, this
position will be responsible for managing all aspects of the
procurement activities and purchasing/stores personnel.  This
position also ensures that all capital, maintenance and general
goods and services required by the mill are procured and
administered in compliance with corporate and company purchasing
policies and procedures.

Key responsibilities:

  • Oversee and participate in the development of procurement and
    control policies, practices, processes
  • Supervision of staff and union personnel, including coaching,
    development, and performance management
  • Provide leadership and guidance to all internal stakeholders
    for procurement and inventory management
  • Supervise all procurement activities and participate in high
    value, high risk activities for all inventory and direct
  • Accountable for inventory level reviews and physical inventory
  • Assist in the development of capital expenditure budgets and
  • Negotiate supply contracts for the division in collaboration
    with Corporate Purchasing
  • Disposal and cost recovery of surplus/obsolete assets
  • Build strong relationships with internal and external
  • Manage vendor relationships (sources, evaluates and monitors
    vendor performance)
  • Support and participate in the Division’s safety programs
  • Provide overview and direction for the management of ISO
    component as they relate to purchasing/inventory
  • Review T&Cs/site contracts for value, and negotiate changes
    as required
  • Supervise the preparation and distribution of RFPs/RFQs
  • Support, lead and promote Corporate initiatives

The successful candidate will possess:

  • A minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience
  • Professional Designation (SCMP) or participation in Supply
    Chain Management Association (SCMA) towards a Professional
  • A minimum of five (5) years purchasing experience preferably in
    a pulp mill or related forestry industry
  • Outstanding communication and negotiation skills
  • Change management skills (initiating, facilitating and
    implementing change)
  • Strong planning, organizational skills, and decision-making
  • A detailed and proactive approach to work, with a high level of
  • Working knowledge of CMMS systems (specifically Oracle and
    Maximo) would be considered a strong asset
  • Have the desire to learn, grow, and succeed
  • Embody the West Fraser traits of integrity, humility, teamwork,
    frugality, innovation, competitiveness, and respect

Our highly competitive compensation package

  • Competitive base salary with annual bonus opportunity
  • Outstanding benefits package including medical, dental,
    pension, life insurance, disability, accident insurance, vacation,
    and holidays
  • Relocation assistance

Location Summary:

Cariboo offers a comprehensive relocation package to
assist your move to Quesnel. Located in central BC, Quesnel has a
population of approximately 25,000 and features all major
conveniences, including its own airport.  Quesnel offers
affordable housing, modern recreational and educational facilities,
regular community events, as well as unlimited recreational
activities for the outdoor enthusiast. It doesn’t take long to feel
part of Quesnel’s welcoming community. 

About West Fraser:

West Fraser is a leading forest products company. We are listed
on the TSX, NYSE, and recognized for the tenth time, as one of
Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Our goals are straightforward –
leadership through safety, profit, responsibility in communities,
excellence in people and strength in products.

West Fraser Timber has over 60 locations across Canada, the
United States, and Europe. We believe strongly in promoting from
within and pride ourselves on providing a challenging environment
with continuous development. The successful candidate should be
interested in future growth opportunities within the company. West
Fraser offers an excellent compensation package including a
competitive salary, excellent benefits, and an outstanding pension

West Fraser believes inclusive, diverse teams build a more
vibrant workforce, safer operations, and a stronger company
overall. We strive to create workplaces and leadership teams that
are reflective of the diverse communities we are a part of. We will
not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis
of race, gender, national origin or any other protected legal

Apply now at and discover
more about our current opportunities!

Discover more about West Fraser’s current initiatives,
opportunities, and more, by visiting us on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Leadership through safety, profit, responsibility in
communities, excellence in people and strength in

Job Conditions

  • Minimum experience: 0 to 1 year
  • Minimum educational level: Grade 12 or Equivalent
  • Language: English

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