Neurodiversity Hiring Initiative - Category Procurement Intern

Montreal, QC, Canada
Student (College)

Specialisterne is Recruiting!


Specialisterne connects qualified neurodivergent candidates to employment opportunities in numerous industries and sectors in Canada and the US.


To be eligible to apply, you must have experienced barriers getting and/ or maintaining meaningful employment and you identify with one of the following: 

  • Autism (including Asperger’s and PDD-NOS)
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Learning Disability (e.g., dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia)
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Tourette Syndrome 

Employees hired through Specialisterne will be supported by a Specialisterne Workplace Support Specialist for their first twelve weeks on the job.


Specialisterne is proud to partner with CN on a Neurodiversity Hiring Initiative.


Canadian National Railway (CN) is a leading North American transportation and logistics company. The CN team is made up of approximately 24,000 railroaders that transports more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network of approximately 20,000 route-miles spanning Canada and mid-America.

Applications must be submitted in full no later than [DEADLINE]




Title: Category Procurement Intern

Employment Type: Paid Internship (4 months)

Hours: 8 hours/day

Location: Hybrid (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday) in Montreal, QC

Target Start Date: January 2024


About this Role: 

The Intern, Procurement and Supply Management (P&SM)  is responsible for working with Category Analysts, Managers, and Senior Managers to support and drive a variety of projects. The incumbent works with different teams (e.g. Business, Legal, Compliance, or Finance) to ensure that deadlines and deliverables are met.  The projects provide the opportunity to learn and gain experience while being mentored. 


Essential Tasks - In this job, you will: 

  • Perform spend analysis on category projects using data from SAP to make project recommendations on PowerPoint
  • Assist the Category Analyst in building requirements for Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) 
  • Assist the Category Analyst in elaborating Awards of Business (AoB’s) and ensuring compliance in tagging and contracts
  • Assist in additional project management tasks such as logistics, delivery and inspection updates, invoice discrepancies, and transmission of expenditure reports to the Finance team

General Skills and Abilities - You are:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to speak with clients and suppliers
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment to meet the requirements of a 24/7 organization and constantly shifting priorities
  • Ability to work independently and take ownership of assigned projects, as well as seeking out new projects during quiet times


Digital/Technical Skills & Tools - You are:

  • Between basic and intermediate skills with the following Microsoft Applications:
    • Word
    • Powerpoint
    • Teams
    • Outlook
    • Sharepoint
    • OneNote
  • Between intermediate to expert skills with Microsoft Excel
  • Nice to have (but not required):
    • experience with SmartSheet
    • experience with SAP, ARIBA, or Tableau

Required skill level*

  • Basic -  e.g., I can do this in simple situations with close or extensive guidance
  • Basic to Intermediate
  • Intermediate - e.g., I can do this in most situations, with occasional guidance
  • Intermediate to expert
  • Expert -  e.g., I can do this in exceptionally difficult situations with no guidance and I can be a key resource for others. 


Education/Knowledge - You:

  • Graduated within the last year or have completed at least one year of a Bachelor's Degree in Operations Management, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Business, Finance, Industrial or Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent
  • The ability to understand French


Experience (Professional, Academic, Personal) - You:

  • an interest or experience in manufacturing and/or transportation
  • an interest or experience in negotiations and solutions resolution


Additional Information:


Here’s how frequently the following types of communication and interaction are required to perform the job: 

  • Oral communication: Constantly
  • Email communication: Constantly
  • Instant messaging: Constantly
  • Telephone Communication: Weekly
  • Video communication: Daily
  • Interacting with supervisors: Daily  
  • Interacting with peers: Daily
  • Interacting with customers: Daily
  • Selling or influencing others: N/A
  • Training or teaching others: N/A

Here’s what can employees find stressful about this job:

  • working in a high pressure environment with constantly changing priorities
  • meeting tight deadlines of both internal and external stakeholders
  • can face resistance from clients when providing client service 

Here’s what employees tend to find motivating/rewarding about this job:

  • ensuring internal customer satisfaction by finding solutions and keeping operations running smoothly
  • great position to start your career and get exposure to a lot of different teams within the organization

Workplace Support:

  • Specialisterne and our employer partners are committed to providing inclusive onboarding experiences and supporting new employees as they learn on the job 
  • All new hires continue to liaise with a Specialisterne Workplace Support Specialist for their first twelve weeks on the job

The Recruitment Process


To be considered for this position, you will:

  • Complete a job application
  • Join our talent pool (if you haven’t already) by completing an additional questionnaire and a pre-employment assessment 

Next Steps 

  • Successful applicants will create a job-specific Candidate Profile to answer job specific questions and/or complete a work sample exercise to showcase your skills for this role. 
  • Employers use Candidate Profiles to anonymously* shortlist candidates  
  • Candidates and employers will meet to discuss the role in more detail    

*whenever possible 


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