Analyst, Strategic Sourcing & Profit Improvement

  • Home Office
  • Associate
  • Purchasing

Company Description

Current Indigo employees should apply through the Internal Mobility page using your email address.

Dedicated to telling stories and creating experiences, Indigo is always looking for bright, energetic and customer-focused people who can help bring our exciting mission to life in one of our more than 200 Indigo, Indigospirit, Chapters and Coles stores across Canada. We offer a variety of exciting opportunities at our retail stores, distribution centres, and home office for people who share our passions and want to be part of a dynamic and enriching culture.


  • We love books and all things beautiful
  • We are Canada’s Cultural Department Store
  • Books are our heart and our soul and Great Books are JUST the Beginning…

We play by the following rules:

  • We exist to add joy to our customers’ lives each and every time they interact with us and our products
  • Our job is to create joyful moments for our customers
  • We treat each other the way we’d treat a valued friend
  • We inspire each other to do our best work
  • We seek to ignite creativity and innovation every day
  • We give back to the communities in which we operate

Job Description


The Analyst, Strategic Sourcing & Profit Improvement will lead and support the creation of cost reduction and profitability improvement programs for a variety of goods and services in specified categories of spend and monitor the actual results of those initiatives. This role will also maintain and monitor a database of contracts as well as play a key role in providing ad-hoc analysis to support the team’s exploration of additional profitability strategies. In addition, the Analyst will be responsible for managing elements of the implementation of a new procure-to-pay system as well as any change management associated with the initiatives.

•    Design and implement strategic sourcing best practices, processes and guidelines as well as act as a champion for the team’s branding efforts and outreach within the organization
•    Identify and assess savings opportunities through:
•    Developing internal stakeholder relationships to understand business requirements 
•    Reviewing spending patterns for the respective portfolio of services and supplies
•    Conducting market research and analysis on supply chain dynamics, sourcing best practices, industry trends, etc.
•    Maintaining a dynamic database of vendor contracts and working with the business units and Legal to monitor expiring contracts and proactively assess renewal or strategic sourcing opportunities
•    Leading the entire life cycle of the RFx process through:
•    Developing a sourcing strategy best aligned to business needs with the business unit partner as well as planning out the RFx process from start date to end date
•    Working with business stakeholders to gather applicable requirements, developing product and/or service specifications
•    Performing comparative analysis of pricing proposals, quotations and bids
•    Negotiating directly with vendors for most competitive pricing and service level agreements
•    Developing associated research plans necessary to support the Strategic Sourcing & Profit Improvement team in effective vendor negotiations and discussions within Indigo key business stakeholders (e.g. merchants, store operations, marketing, legal services)
•    Completing spend baseline and savings projection reports, tracking of reported savings, and achieved savings reports and summaries to Executives
•    Conduct analysis and research to build an overall vendor database which creates and sustains a competitive advantage and aligns with internal policies (e.g. environmental guidelines, travel guidelines)
•    Assist with conflicts that arise between vendors and business units in a professional and effective manner
•    Provide recommendations for risk management, improved service delivery and other cost containment initiatives
•    Establish and maintain measurable performance metrics for all levels of vendor activity, including but not limited to: service cost models, adherence to SLAs, internal order accuracy, program reconciliation, etc.



•    University degree in Accounting, Finance or Business, MBA is an asset
•    1 - 5 years’ progressive experience in vendor-spend and sourcing analysis within strategic sourcing or indirect procurement operations, experience in the retail industry is preferred
•    1 - 5 years demonstrated data analysis, financial planning/analysis and/or accounting experience 
•    1 – 5 years’ experience in assisting with RFx through the entire life cycle of the process
•    1 – 5 years’ experience in assisting with or leading contract formation, negotiation and tracking.
•    Track record for identifying and implementing process improvements

Additional Information

Indigo Books & Music is committed to treating all people in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. We believe in integration and equal opportunity. Accommodations are available upon request for all applicants with a disability throughout the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources if you require accommodation. We will work with all applicants to accommodate their individual accessibility needs.