National Buyer
Job Description

As the Senior Buyer, you are experienced and understand procurement fundamentals and methodologies, you know where many of the “pitfalls” are, and astute in working through to beneficial outcomes. You are ready to perform at the next level in your career and want to be part of a fast-growing company where your experiences and expertise will support the day-to-day activities, as well as be involved in the evolution of our National Procurement department. You are competent to lead the entire procurement process for products and services within assigned categories to ensure maximum cost effectiveness and overall best value to Johnston Equipment.

Johnston Equipment is a dynamic team working together for a common goal: client satisfaction. At GNJ every client and employee is valued and important. Our company stands behind 65 years of business excellence.

We offer our employees:

  • A stable company who stands behind 65 years of business excellence
  • Competitive compensation
  • Work/Life balance
  • The chance to expand your professional and personal skills
  • Learning with a national leader in a most critical industry, material handling

The successful candidate must be an effective communicator, analytical, organized, detailed and have the ability to manage multiple requests, corporate projects, as well to receive, monitor, and track products and deliveries on a day-to-day basis to employees across all branches within Canada.


  • Lead strategic sourcing for goods and services within assigned categories
  • Maintains co-operative internal and supplier relationships
  • Continuously work with existing/new suppliers to identify ways to add value within the supply chain
  • Identify and implement approved cost saving strategies to meet overall corporate and departmental objectives

Key Work Activities:

  • Develop and execute strategic procurement programs that directly align with the overall company objectives
  • Manage the procurement process for products & services to ensure accuracy and timeliness
  • Analyze, quotes for best terms and conditions & cost
  • Submit RFQs, RFIs and National RFPs as required
  • Monitor vendor performance, ensure vendor compliance, and identify opportunities for improvements and cost savings
  • Perform market research and benchmarking
  • Provide contract management and on-going administration for various contracts
  • Identify and negotiate cost reduction opportunities.
  • Provide business coaching, mentoring and drive continuous improvements
  • Organize and attend business review meetings with key vendors

Here at Johnston we believe that attitude is everything, bring your “make a difference” personality and strong work ethic and be ready to succeed!

You can make a difference: You help the Company to reduce costs through your ability to negotiate prices, select suppliers, materials, equipment for the best value, analyze costs over time through analysis of price data, and build good working relationships with our vendors. Through your continuous improvement initiatives, you contribute to the financial results of the business year over year.

Johnston Equipment is working together for continuous improvement, sustainable outcomes and outstanding customer care. Live the values. Reap the rewards.

Additional Qualifications


  • Relevant university degree is required
  • Supply Chain designation or working towards it will be an asset is required


  • Experience working with JDE and advanced excel skills
  • Demonstrated ability to influence both within and outside of the individual’s direct scope of responsibility in order to achieve overall business objectives
  • Excellent knowledge of sourcing & procurement techniques
  • 7 years + proven procurement/supply chain experience
  • Resourceful, diplomatic, customer service oriented with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Solid project management
  • Ability to effectively communicate and prioritize competing tasks and constraints
  • Strong analytical, decision-making & problem-solving skills
  • Willing to embrace changes with positive attitude
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and meet deadlines
  • Well-developed organizational and prioritization skills
  • Achieves Results, Accuracy and attention to detail

Job Requirements


Company Overview

Since 1954, Johnston’s mission has been to develop valued customer partnerships by providing precision, cost-effective material handling equipment to move product in, out and throughout your warehouse; service solutions and tools to better manage your productivity; racking, storage and system solutions to optimize storage of your goods; and programs to enhance your ability to protect both your assets and your people.

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