Buyer- Planner I

MDA Space
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC/Remote
Added: March 26, 2024
Building the space between proven and possible, MDA Space (TSX:MDA) is a trusted mission partner to the global space industry. A robotics, satellite systems and geointelligence pioneer with a 55-year+ story of world firsts and more than 450 missions, MDA Space is a global leader in communications satellites, Earth and space observation, and space exploration and infrastructure. The MDA Space team of more than 3,000 space experts in Canada, the US and the UK has the knowledge and know-how to turn an audacious customer vision into an achievable mission – bringing to bear a one-of-a-kind mix of experience, engineering excellence and wide-eyed wonder that’s been in our DNA since day one. For those who dream big and push boundaries on the ground and in the stars to change the world for the better, we’ll take you there.

We’re on the hunt for a Buyer - Planner I on our Satellite systems team at our Montreal office.

As the leading global independent commercial supplier of antennas, payloads, and electronics for communication and radar satellites, our team has successfully contributed to hundreds of missions in the past 60 years. With an extensive heritage in a wide range of solutions delivered to customers globally, our Satellite Systems team continues to grow and evolve on the ground and in the stars.

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.


Responsible for the material requirement planning, 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 the signing levels identified. Capable of procuring items included in overhead costs, building services, capital expenses and standard items and components available on the commercial, military and space market. Receives specific assignments with periodic supervision.


  • Analyze MRP messages and take appropriate actions
  • 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 monthly suppliers performance and define corrective action plan if required
  • Represent the company in meetings with sales representatives of current/future suppliers

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a business-related area
  • PMAC enrollment or certification in progress or complete will be considered as an asset
  • 2 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
  • 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)
  • Fluent in French and English (verbal and written).


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 Ltd. is proud to provide accommodation(s) during the recruitment process. Should you require any accommodations, please indicate this on your application/cover letter and we will work with you to meet your accessibility needs.