Vale Limited

Procurement Co-Op (St Johns)

VNL, Canada
Oct 17, 2020
Oct 31, 2020
Work Term
Work Load
Full Time
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Who We Are
Vale is a pioneering mining company that works with passion to discover and transform resources into the ingredients essential to people's daily lives. We are the world’s largest producer of nickel and iron ore, and a leading producer of copper, cobalt and precious metals. Headquartered in Brazil, Vale is a truly global company, operating on five continents.

In Canada, Vale’s primary business is nickel. In Newfoundland and Labrador, we currently operate an open pit mine and concentrator at Voisey’s Bay and a nickel processing plant at Long Harbour. These operations are part of Vale’s Base Metals business and are supported by the corporate office in Toronto, Ontario and offices in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Co-op Opportunity

Start date: Jan 2021

End date: Aug 2021

Location: Vale Office – St John’s

Application Deadline: October 31, 2019

Application Process: Resume submitted online

Full time hours: 40hr/week

The Opportunity:

As a Co-op student you will be an important part of the procurement team working with Senior Category Buyers for various categories (Global/Regional) to understand complex supply chains of mining industry (from demand planning, procurement, operations, projects, logistics) in a fast-moving global company.

What’s in it for you?

Opportunity: Job experience at a large global mining company

Innovation: we look to our employees to implement new ideas and improve the way we are doing things

Collaboration: Student work as part of team, in a real work environment.

Development Opportunities: including soft skills, new technology system SAP, etc.

Operations site exposure – accompany senior personnel in operating environments including surface industrial sites and underground mining locations

New Skills - You will learn all facets of the procurement process like all basic tactical work, Contract creation, Legal review, technical review, commercial analysis, commercial approvals.

What will you do?
  • Work in compliance with all company Safety procedures
  • Interface with stakeholders across the Vale business working on small projects delivering real value
  • Undertake real time data analysis to justify decision making for the business
  • Develop strong negotiations skills through negotiation with global suppliers
  • Present outcomes to peers and management to keep them well informed of progress
  • Utilize bespoke online computer programs to track the procurement and logistics process from inception to award and beyond
  • Research current supply base for avenues of cost savings or value-added
  • Assist in tracking of company goals and objectives
  • Assist in supplier development
  • Assist in maintaining vendor files, purchase price, and price fluctuations on purchased items
  • Implement projects, and reports to contribute to various studies as required

Education and Experience:
  • This co-op opportunity is for a student’s currently enrolled in 3rd year degree program, Enrollment in Mechanical Engineering Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mining Engineering Business/Accounting/IT/Digital/Project Management are preferred

Knowledge and Skills:
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills (verbal and written)
  • Creative and analytical thinker who is self-driven and capable of working in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong MS Office skills – Excel (spreadsheets), Word, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Excellent problem-solving techniques and methods
  • Team player and work well with different team/departments.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of employees in the organization
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as; safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their application online at or by forwarding their application to their Vale Aboriginal Employment Coordinator.

Vale is an equal opportunity employer.

Please be advised that only those applicants who are selected for interviews will be contacted

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