Buyer (Intermediate level)

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For those who dream of advancing our space in the Universe and on Earth, we’ll take you there.

Serving the world from our Canadian home and our global offices, MDA is an international space mission partner and robotics & space operations, satellite systems and geointelligence pioneer with a 50-year story of firsts on and above the Earth. Today, we’re leading the charge towards viable Moon colonies, enhanced Earth observation, communication in a hyper-connected world, and more.

We’re fueled by a pioneering spirit that carries us beyond. And together we enable highly skilled people to continually push boundaries and tackle big challenges requiring solutions that endure and inspire.

Are you ready to launch the next stage of your career in the new space economy? We would love to hear from you!

We’re on the hunt for a Buyer on our Robotics and Space Operations team at our Kanata office.

With 40 years of operational experience and proven performance on the iconic Canadarm programs including Space Shuttle and International Space Station robotics and operations support, our Robotics & Space Operations team has 100% mission success in making space dreams come true. As our Buyer, you will be responsible for the negotiation and purchasing of material and services that are simple in nature, with due consideration of cost, quality and delivery within the specified limits and in accordance with Financial and Operational procedures. Capable of procuring tools, building services, capital expenses and standard materials and components available on the commercial, military and space markets. Execute to a Material Requirements Plan as well as specific assignments with periodic supervision.


  • Analyze MRP messages and take appropriate actions, working closely with Operations Master Scheduling
  • Negotiate prices and terms with suppliers
  • Analyze received quotes and place purchase orders within established limits of authority
  • Perform follow-up activities on purchase order and shipment tracking information to ensure on-time deliveries
  • Proactively report material availability issues
  • Prepare and communicate procurement plans or forecasts to suppliers
  • Understand market trends of assigned commodities
  • Resolve receiving and invoicing discrepancies
  • Review and implement engineering change notices for items included in the assigned commodities
  • Support Sales and Engineering inquiries on material availability and costs
  • Monitor and maintain the Supply Chain related Item Master Data for items included in the assigned commodities
  • Contribute to process improvement and lean initiatives related to items included in assigned commodities
  • Assist with new supplier development and qualification
  • Review periodic suppliers performance and define corrective action plan if required
  • Represent the company in meetings with sales representatives of current/future suppliers
  • Process Space Qualification documentation (ECC, End Use Statements)


Required Qualifications

  • Completion of a 2 year college degree or higher
  • PMAC enrollment or certification in progress or complete will be considered as an asset
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience
  • A combination of other pertinent education/experience could be considered
  • Some understanding of Export Control Regulations
  • Experience in procurement of electronic components for aerospace
  • Demonstrate good organizational skills and the ability to adapt to change
  • Sense of urgency
  • Basic problem solving and decision making
  • Accountability and responsibility
  • Basic analytical and negotiating skills
  • Good communication skills


Customer focus (internal and external)We’re a dream team of purpose-driven, collaborative and passionate people, and we are constantly looking for others to join #TeamMDA to ignite new and innovative approaches to problem-solving that push us forward to improve life on and above Earth. If you’re excited to expand our place in space and driven to inspire the next generation, we’ll take you there.

We have entered a new era of exploration and development, and MDA welcomes all who yearn to suit up and be part of it. An equal opportunity employer prizing diversity, integrity and collaboration, we are committed to growing MDA’s and Canada’s leadership in this next golden age.

Comments/Special Considerations:

Successful candidates must obtain and hold security clearance at the reliability status level, and pass security assessment for the Controlled Goods Program (CGP) and ITAR.

Benefits statement:

MDA provides competitive compensation and benefits packages for its employees at all locations. As a team member of MDA, you and your qualified dependents are eligible to participate in a benefit plan that ensures a comprehensive level of protection through competitive health care including; extended healthcare and flexible drug plans, dental and vision benefits, disability income protection, life insurance, group retirement savings plans; and an employee and family assistance program.

Equal opportunity statement:

MDA is an equal opportunity employer prizing diversity and inclusion. We are committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity. If you require assistance and/or reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please feel free to notify us.

COVID statement:

COVID-19 Hiring Update: Strengthening our workforce is more important than ever to meet our customers’ mission-critical needs. We are continuing to hire many talented people, and we are closely monitoring COVID-19 to ensure safe hiring practices are used. This includes limiting onsite candidate interviews and prioritizing video interviews.


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