Jenoptik is an international photonics group with representatives in over 80 countries. Optical technologies are the foundation of our business. We employ around 4,000 people worldwide.

Join our team and help to shape our future with lasting effect.

Manufacturing and Procurement Specialist

Job ID:  967

Barrie, ON, CA

Date:  Feb 27, 2023

As our growth continues, we are looking to hire an experienced Manufacturing and Procurement Specialist.


Located in Barrie, Ontario, we are a specialized industrial engineering firm focused on designing complex automation with a blue-chip customer base. Operating from two facilities totaling 200,000 square feet with 200+ employees; we are ISO 9001:2015 certified.


JENOPTIK our parent company, is an integrated photonics company that employs approximately 4,000 people with representatives in over 80 countries and operates in three photonic-based divisions: Light and Optics, Light and Production and Light and Safety.


Our employees are mountain bikers, road bikers, skiers, golfers, runners, amateur chefs, video game hero’s musicians, community volunteers, kayakers, race-car drivers, fitness enthusiasts, hockey players, outdoor sportspeople, TV & potato chip experts.


We are a diverse and inclusive work culture - everyone is welcome!


Are you an experienced Manufacturing or Procurement Specialist looking for an opportunity to take your career to the next level? Do you have experience working in a machining, welding, or tooling environment (specifically automotive)? Do you have a passion for production analytics and process improvement?

If you answered YES to these questions our Manufacturing and Procurement Specialist position might be the perfect fit for you!


Supported by a state of the art Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) environment, you will coordinate required activities that occur before, during, and after purchases. In this role, you will report to the Production Manager.


Duties and responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Production Manager, Manufacturing Co-Ordinator, Team Leads, and employees.
  • Make necessary adjustments to ensure productivity targets are met.
  • Use of computer systems to track and analyze data.
  • Create Reports using IFS - Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Tool.

Key Accountabilities:


  • Contract Negotiation
    • Negotiator extraordinaire – able to secure the best pricing, terms and delivery options for each product or service.
  • Print Drawings
    • Print required drawings to assist Engineering and the Production Department.
  • Create Purchase Orders
    • Create and review RFQ’s and flag price and timing concerns.
    • Process purchase orders.
  • Facilitate Engineering Changes
    • Update revisions to parts and assemblies in IFS as required by the Mechanical Design Leads.
    • Co-ordinate with Machine and Fabrication Shop and contact suppliers of the changes to minimize impact.
    • Inform the Production Department and provide updated drawing packages.
    • Expedite and kit materials for each individual ECN.
    • Assist Customs Co-Ordinator with BOM and documentation for shipping.
  • Cost and Vendor Analysis
    • Obtain goods at the right cost to ensure company profitability.
    • Work with CI Manager and Production Manager to track vendor performance and implement actions for continuous improvement.
  • Expedite
    • Ensure follow-up on time sensitive orders and proactively check on status to eliminate late orders.
    • Communicate with suppliers and up-date timelines as necessary.
    • Up-date any changes in delivery times into IFS.
  • Interact with Multiple Teams
    •  Work closely with the projects team to understand details of procurement requirements.
  • Inventory Control
    •  Oversee the inventory of raw materials or other goods, and place orders when supplies run low.
    •  Process overflow parts and excess inventory and direct the materials to vendor for return, scrap, or Global Inventory.


Experience and Technical Skills:


  • Minimum 3+ years direct working experience automation integration or Manufacturing
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician/Technologist Diploma or relevant experience in of the following trades: General Machinist, Tool & Die Maker, Mold Maker, or Millwright would be considered.
  • Good understanding of other project disciplines
  • Ability to add value, reduce costs and make business improvements.
  • Knowledge and technical understanding of engineering and manufacturing processes and techniques
  • Excellent relationship management skills with the ability to engage, negotiate and manage key stakeholders and suppliers.
  • Resilient, self-motivated, and able to work well under pressure.
  • Skilled using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)Tool, prefferably IFS
  • Skilled using EXCEL  


Key Professional Attributes:

  • Continuous improvement mindset – focused on results and performance.
  • Proactive - can identify issues before they occur and address them before problems arise.
  • Excellent communicator - communicates early and often. Clearly communicates in both in oral and written communications. Is an active listener.
  • Organized and deadline driven.
  • Confident - not afraid to make mistakes, asks for help when needed and alternately provides help when needed.


Our Benefits:

  • Competitive salary and profit-sharing bonus
  • Comprehensive Group Health & Dental Benefit Plan
  • A competitive matching Registered Retirement Savings Plan and Deferred Profit-Sharing Plan
  • Employee assistance and wellness programs
  • Employee training, development, tuition, and professional fees reimbursement
  • Subsidized onsite café with takeout meals by David, the best chef ever
  • Partial tuition reimbursement for employees’ children enrolled in technical program at recognized Canadian college/university.
  • Annual performance review
  • Safe, professional work environment
  • Casual business dress
  • $3,000 (Senior) $2,000 (Intermediate) and $1000 (Junior) referral fees if you recommend an approved permanent hire – family & friends included
  • Safety shoes and safety glasses reimbursement
  • Prodomax Employee Excellence Recognition (PEER) Awards


Jenoptik Barrie is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without discrimination or harassment because of race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, record of offences, marital status, family status or disability.


Applications are welcome from all qualified candidates. Accommodations may be available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. If you would like to request a specific accommodation because of a disability or a medical need, please advise your Human Resources contact when you are selected to participate in the recruitment process.



About Prodomax

Our employees are mountain bikers, road bikers, skiers, golfers, runners, video game heroes, musicians, community volunteers, race car drivers, fitness enthusiasts, hockey players, outdoor sportspeople, world travelers, TV & potato chip experts, single people, family people, and every other variety of people. Everyone is welcome.

We are minutes away from the GO Station connected to Toronto and close to beautiful Kempenfelt Bay on Lake Simcoe. Barrie has something for everyone.

Prodomax, a member of the JENOPTIK group, is a specialized industrial engineering firm focused on designing complex manufacturing production systems for the automotive sector with a blue-chip customer base. Since it was founded in 1971, over a billion dollars of automation equipment has been delivered to Canada, the US, Mexico and Europe. Prodomax consistently delivers automation of any size and complexity by a team professionals.

Have we made you interested in this position?

If so, we look forward to receiving your online application.

Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.