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Director, Supply Chain & Strategic Sourcing – Calgary Airport Authority


The Calgary Airport Authority (“YYC”) is a private, non-share capital, not-for-profit corporation, incorporated under the Province of Alberta’s Regional Airports Authorities Act. YYC is responsible for the management, operation and development of the Calgary International Airport (a Canadian hub and base for major air carrier operations) and Springbank Airport (a general aviation airport supporting flight training, recreational flying and charter operations). Canada’s fourth busiest airport is a federally regulated body and has been operating under a long-term lease with the federal government since 1992.YYC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of individuals from Calgary and area. Members are appointed by the City of Calgary, Rocky View County, the Long-Range Planning Committee of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and the Government of Canada. YYC is a complex organization that interfaces with travelers, tenants, regulatory agencies, economic development agencies, airlines, various levels of government and other stakeholders.

It is a truly exciting time to work at YYC. Leadership has taken a strategic, regional view of its mandate which has been complemented by a focused vision and a reputation for ‘best in class’ airport operations. A long-term outlook brought into view the importance of future expansion to keep pace with demands of our growing region – the airport has more than doubled in size and passenger volume over the past 20 years. Fiscal and capital planning has resulted in improvements to airline and traveler experience and a $2 billion expansion program to increase capacity: a new runway completed in 2014 and a new International Terminal in 2016, which doubled the airport’s size.

The successful applicant will be joining one of the most successful airports in Canada and an iconic organization in our region. Consistently ranked one of Alberta’s Top Employers, YYC is an important economic engine for Calgary and Southern Alberta and an enabler of continued growth and prosperity.

For further information about the Calgary Airport Authority, please visit their website at

For further information about the Calgary Airport Authority’s Strategic Plan 2014-2018, please visit



Reports to: VP Finance & CFO

Direct Reports: Manager, Procurement & Contracts (1), Warehouse Manager

Indirect Reports: Warehouse Supervisor, Procurement & Contract Coordinators (4), Material Technicians (6)



The Director, Supply Chain & Strategic Sourcing (“Director”) will drive transformational change across the supply chain function at the Calgary Airport Authority. The Director will be responsible for the creation and implementation of effective strategies to modernize the function and introduce greater efficiencies. They will build a results-oriented and customer-focused culture exemplified by high performance team. A seasoned and progressive supply chain leader, the Director will be known for continually pushing the envelope without losing sight of the bottom line. Ultimately, the supply chain group will be a proactive team of experts and considered a value-add business partner to the organization.

The Director will have broad oversight of all aspects of supply chain operations, including services related to purchasing, tendering, and contracting of goods & services, warehousing and inventory management and asset management. As this position is the most senior level in supply chain management within the organization, the successful candidate will be responsible for clearly articulating the strategy, process, and execution plan and providing inspiring leadership to their team.



Strategic Leadership

  • Provide strategic vision for the supply chain function to modernize the department and optimize overall performance;
  • Provide leadership, direction and guidance across procurement and stores operations, asset, materials and inventory management, contracting strategies and market interpretation, operations control, policy and procedures and compliance;
  • Lead continuous improvement efforts for procurement, materials management and inventory control; and
  • Maintain oversight of all 5 warehouse/stores locations while identifying opportunities to consolidate warehousing operations.

Contracts Leadership

  • Provide leadership in negotiations and contracting decisions on large construction, goods and service contracts, including support around contract interpretation, with a bias for achievement of quality, delivery, cost containment and process improvement;
  • Draft, develop and execute most day-to-day legal contracts for construction, consultants, and goods & services agreements, while working closely with legal counsel to draft and compile large and complex legal agreements as required; and
  • Provide risk management decisions and strategies as they relate to commercial contract terms, bonding and insurance requirements.

Fiscal Management & Technology Leadership

  • Identify and lead the transition to a technology-based inventory management system;
  • Build on an existing cost savings initiative and identify opportunities to maximize value for money; and
  • Develop, coordinate and submit capital and operating budgets annually.

People Leadership

  • Evaluate and adjust supply chain team structure and composition, as needed;
  • Invest in development and coaching of staff, providing opportunities for professional growth, ultimately building their capacity;
  • Instill a culture of innovation, results-orientation and high performance; and
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with PSAC union.



Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to: 

  • Build strong relationships with the senior management team and internal stakeholders, as well as key external vendors and suppliers;
  • Capitalizing on an existing, ongoing cost saving initiative, undertake a thorough spend and process analysis and identify areas for improvement;
  • Create and execute a plan to move from the current paper-based system to a tech-based system;
  • Evaluate and adjust team structure and composition, as needed; and
  • Establish the supply chain group as a value-add business partner to operating groups.




  • Post-secondary degree in Business Administration; and
  • Relevant supply chain designation (SCMP, CPP) is an asset.


  • At least 15 years of supply chain experience, with at least 5 of those years in a strategic leadership role;
  • Previous experience leading through a turnaround situation;
  • Advanced knowledge of and broad experience across the supply chain discipline: procurement, materials management, RFP development, negotiation, shipping/storage and logistics, materials control change, and contract formation/management;
  • Proven experience in developing and leading high performance teams;
  • Extensive knowledge of contract law and its applications as it relates to procurement;
  • Experience leading in a unionized environment is an asset; and
  • Experience leading supply chain initiatives in the construction industry would be an asset.


  • A proactive business partner with the ability to deliver service excellence in close collaboration with other business groups;
  • Demonstrated ability to wield influence without relying on authority;
  • A progressive and open-minded strategist who is highly results oriented;
  • Exhibits strong business acumen, particularly fiscal savvy with a concern for the bottom line;
  • Excellent negotiation and analytical skills;
  • Professional and polished demeanor with the ability to be impactful at Board and c-levels;
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate and champion the use of technology in supply chain management;
  • A seasoned leader who is committed to building capacity in people;
  • Ability to drive to results through excellent communication skills and streamlined decision making;
  • Understands and effectively communicates the vision and drivers behind strategy in ways that engage and align colleagues and project partners;
  • Develops and maintains productive strategic relationships with all key external and internal stakeholders;
  • A decisive, collaborative change agent who asks, and is comfortable being asked, the right questions to achieve shared accountability; and
  • Understands the complexity of operating in an ever-changing multi-stakeholder environment.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
AGVW-806204 Director, Supply Chain & Strategic Sourcing – Calgary Airport Authority, AB – Calgary and Area (CRPAPPLY)

Please note that only those candidates meeting the selection criteria, established by our client, will be contacted further. Although we may not contact you directly for this particular role, all applications will be reviewed as we would like to consider you for future opportunities that may be appropriate. We encourage you to continue to visit our website at as our opportunities are updated on a regular basis.

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