Parts Manager, Lloydminster, SK

Our client, a privately owned and operated heavy equipment dealership and Saskatchewan’s trusted provider of Agricultural, Construction and Truck & Trailer equipment, has an immediate opening for a Parts Manager located in Lloydminster, SK.  This dynamic, leadership role will be responsible for directing and overseeing the parts operation for multiple product lines, while ensuring a profitable and efficient parts department.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Forecast goals and objectives for the department and strive to meet them.
  • Strive for harmony and teamwork with all other departments.
  • Work with the Service Manager to ensure a timely turnaround of parts needed for internal jobs.
  • Prepare and administer an annual operating budget for the parts department.
  • Attend managers’ meetings.
  • Hire, train, motivate, counsel, and monitor the performance of all parts department staff.
  • Direct and schedule the activities of all parts department employees.
  • Provide technical assistance to parts department employees.
  • Conduct meetings with parts department employees to discuss activities and problems of mutual interest and to develop strategies for a more efficient operation.
  • Develop, enforce and monitor guidelines for working with customers to ensure maximum customer satisfaction.
  • Handle customer complaints immediately and according to the dealership’s guidelines.
  • Establish and enforce a pricing policy that balances volume, customer loyalty, and the cost of doing business.
  • Monitor and adjust inventory to minimize obsolescence.


  • Post-secondary education an asset
  • Strong Management experience and extensive working knowledge of multiple product lines.
  • In depth knowledge of parts with a solid understanding of key success factors such as customer service, stock turn rates, and inventory control.
  • Previous leadership experience.
  • Experience and understanding of profit margins.

 Core Competencies: 

  • Strong, positive leadership and managerial skills
  • Capable of dealing with hard issues and delivering positive outcomes.
  • A Dynamic influencer and people person.
  • Able to operate the department profitably within the dealerships guidelines.
  • Highly relational and excellent verbal communication skills to create relevant conversations to build trusting relationships with customers and co-workers.
  • Able to analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Demonstrated success as an organizational change agent.
  • Able to develop objectives and strategies.
  • Team player, working with and getting co-workers to work together for success.


If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to contact Essence Recruitment directly. Contact Joanne Oliver directly at: 306.652.5233/  /

Manager Financial Operations

Our client, Vecima Networks, Inc. (TSE: VCM) is a world-class designer and manufacturer of advanced broadband telecommunications products. Their products are shipped around the world and are used by major international companies to deliver Digital TV, Video-on-Demand, Broadband Internet Service and Telematics in over 30 countries.

Building on three decades of consecutive profitable operations and a track record of strong engineering and manufacturing capabilities, Vecima’s products are in widespread demand. They are fueled by the innovation, leadership and passion of today’s top talent. Join Vecima and work in an environment that values teamwork and communication, rewards innovation and achievement, and fosters growth and opportunity in your career.

Position Summary:

The Manager, Financial Operations will be the key finance interface for all inventory and product costs within the business. The position is responsible for supporting the manufacturing financial performance of the business which includes product costs, variance analysis, inventory valuation and allowances, margin analysis and forecasting.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the ongoing workload and performance of the Financial Operations group to ensure all business requirements are met in an effective and timely manner.
  • Responsible for all product costing and variance analysis.
  • Responsible for accurate inventory valuation and allowance reporting.
  • Assist with identifying cost savings and performance improvement opportunities within the manufacturing environment.
  • Support product gross margin analysis. Highlights and drives root cause on low margin products.
  • Conduct standard product cost reviews quarterly.
  • Conduct standard overhead and labor rates annually.
  • Work with operations and finance to ensure that costs are attributed and reported in the appropriate cost buckets to allow effective analysis and control of these costs.
  • Maintain transactional integrity of all inventory flow.
  • Implement/execute accounting policies and procedures surrounding internal controls related to inventory, product costing and allowances.
  • Oversee and provide guidance for inventory audits and counts.
  • Develop operating budgets for cost of sales, inventory, allowances and ops admin.
  • Support sales departments with costing requests (Quotes, New Product, Current Costs).
  • Assist with product costing from R&D through NPI to manufacturing.
  • Assist in testing/troubleshooting of software as it pertains to costs.
  • Perform Ad-hoc cost analysis as requested.


  • Canadian CPA designation in good standing.
  • Experience with cost accounting within a manufacturing environment.
  • 5+ years managerial experience.

Core Competencies:

  • Solid applied understanding of cost management and accounting systems in a standard cost ERP system.
  • Advanced MS Office skills with emphasis on expert excel proficiency.
  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills with the ability to prioritize workload and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must be able to investigate complex issues and conduct root cause analysis to resolve problems.
  • Self-motivated, independent thinker, possessing excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to project a professional image and interact effectively with all levels and functions within the organization.
  • Knowledge of IFRS for inventory.
  • Knowledge of Great Plains (Microsoft Dynamics GP) manufacturing preferred.
  • Knowledge of COSO/CSOX preferred.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to contact Essence Recruitment directly. Contact Joanne Oliver at: 306.652.5233/  /


Administration Manager

The Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association Inc. (SCSA) is an industry-funded and directed non-profit organization that provides cost-effective, accessible safety training and advice to employers and employees throughout the province of Saskatchewan. With locations in Saskatoon and Regina, the SCSA equips more than 10,000 workers each year with the education and training they need to achieve their organization’s safety goals. The Mission of the SCSA is to provide quality safety training and advice to construction employers and employees that will lead to reduced human and financial loss associated with injuries in the construction industry. For further information go to

This position is a 14-15-month contract full-time role located in Regina, SK. Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Administration Manager will be accountable for providing leadership and support to employees and management in key service areas including customer/member services, accounting and office services; planning and developing systems and procedures to improve the operating quality and efficiency of the business unit; managing the computer network system; and coordinating facilities management.

This role is a great fit for someone who is a positive and supportive leader, has a passion for safety, and enjoys working in a collaborative office setting.


  • Collaborate with the operations leadership team to achieve corporate objectives, establish and achieve business unit goals and objectives in conjunction with corporate objectives
  • Responsible for the implementation of corporate administrative policies, procedures and practices
  • Supervise the operational activities of the business unit including supporting the hire of personnel and onboarding; coach/mentor and supervise employees, administer the performance management system and employee scheduling.
  • Schedule and conduct unit meetings; provide meaningful report on unit operations to the Director of Operations
  • Analyze, coordinate and document business unit processes and problems and develop solutions to enhance efficiencies; coordinate and implement solutions to improve customer service/member service, reduce costs, and improve work efficiencies.
  • Manage the SCSA e-learning system, special contacts and services including SCOT for schools, CODC, SITT etc.
  • Address daily facility issues, customer concerns and procedural issues
  • Accountable for corporate database administration, computer systems and bordering equipment.
  • Accountable for all aspects of facility management.
  • Coordinate inventory of printed material available for purchase/distribution and associated purchasing requirements; manage corporate records retention and disposal.
  • Collaborate with Finance Coordinator to monitor and review accounting and related system reports for accuracy and completeness.



  • Business Administration degree or diploma or similar
  • Five years of related experience, three years of which in a management/supervisory position
  • Experience in computer network administration and facility management would be considered an asset
  • Computer literacy, including effective working skills of Microsoft Suite and Outlook
  • Knowledge of database administration such as MySQL database and Simply Accounting would be considered an asset


  • Effective leadership skills with a strong focus on coaching, mentoring and motivating employees
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills including the ability to prioritize and effectively manage time
  • Effective people management, conflict resolution, and teambuilding skills
  • Strong customer service, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Admirable decision-making ability and trouble shooting skills
  • Understanding of financial business management

To inquire or apply, contact Nicole Sebastian at Essence Recruitment directly by December 8th, 2017. / 306-652-5209

Business Development Specialist


Reporting to the Regional Manager, SK., the Business Development Specialist will be responsible for developing and managing lead generation, qualifying clients and looking for opportunities in a business-to-business environment. This person will need to work independently to produce substantial results using a varying mixture of lead sources including research, networking, and cold calling into targeted companies; you will contact appropriate prospective clients in the designated marketplace.

A great fit for this organization would be someone who would like to be part of a collaborative, innovative team. They will be a personable, ambitious, self motivate person who is passionate, and takes pride in their work.


Supports the achievement of corporate, regional and individual revenue targets and margin targets

Identifies and qualifies new prospective clients and opportunities to maximize business opportunities.

Focuses on building relationships through outside selling skills, attending conferences/seminars, hosting lunch and learns with prospective clients, etc.

Establishes and builds relationships with senior executives and line managers of prospective and established customers

Closes new business opportunities by working with both internal and external customers.

Maintains proactive relationship management and regular/consistent contact

Maintains an awareness of competitors strategies, providing feedback internally to enhance positioning in the marketplace

Provides feedback to sales management and business owners to ensure company’s solutions continue to meet client needs.

Manages and maintains prospect database.

Works with Project Managers, other departments and management team to develop quotations and project proposals

Thinks like an owner and is directly involved in seeking out and executing rapid improvement projects.


  • Degree or Diploma in business, marketing, or related field is ideal.
  • 2-3 years of business-to-business sales experience in a lengthy sales process, preferably in power, oil and gas, construction, engineering or related field.
  • Knowledge of costing and estimation best practices from the construction industry.
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office Skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Project). Working with a CRM system is a definite asset.
  • Knowledge of business principles involved in resource allocation, production methods and coordination of people and resources.


  • Positive Relationship/Network Building
  • Presenting to an Audience
  • Planning and Organization
  • Analytical Thinking and Judgement
  • Effective Interactive Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Reading an Audience
  • Conceptual Thinking

For further information or to apply, contact Tracy Arno at Essence Recruitment directly.

Human Resources Administrator

The Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association Inc. (SCSA) is an industry-funded non-profit organization that provides cost-effective, accessible safety training and advice to employers and employees throughout the province of Saskatchewan. With locations in Saskatoon and Regina, the SCSA equips more than 10,000 workers each year with the education and training they need to achieve their organizations safety goals. The Mission of the SCSA is to provide quality safety training and advice to construction employers and employees that will lead to reduced human and financial loss associated with injuries in the construction industry. For further information go to

This position is a 14-15-month contract full-time role located in Regina, SK. Reporting to the CEO, the Human Resources Administrator will be accountable for providing day-to-day human resources administrative support to managers and employees. The incumbent will have direct contact with all employees of the SCSA and work closely with the Operations leadership team, Finance Coordinator and Executive Assistant. They will represent the Safety Association as called upon to liaise with government agencies, external service providers, and other related organizations. This position carries out responsibilities in the following areas: recruitment and staffing, training and development, HR programs administration maintenance and document development and maintenance.

This role is a great fit for someone who is looking to develop their HR career with an ambition to learn and mature throughout the term, has a passion for safety, a self-starter and enjoys working in a collaborative office setting.


  • Assist with recruitment services in an effective and efficient manner including liaise with external recruitment agencies, preparation of internal documents/communications.
  • Track and register employees for training & development as requested and provide resources to employees and managers with respect to career development.
  • Coordination and maintenance of HR related programs including performance management system, employee onboarding, employee surveys.
  • Administer Health and Safety and Return-to-Work programs.
  • Maintain and update HR documents such as job descriptions, personnel records and related policies/procedures/guidelines.
  • Support a positive, collaborative work environment by leading by example and supporting employee relations activities and communications.
  • Compile HR related metrics, analyzing, reporting and identifying trends with recommendations provided.
  • Audit internal payroll administration for accuracy and validity.
  • Provide research as requested and complete other related duties and projects as assigned.



  • Certificate or diploma in Human Resource Management or similar
  • Two years of HR experience or a suitable combination of education, training and experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of multiple human resource areas
  • Demonstrated knowledge of applicable employment as well as health and safety legislation
  • Computer literacy, including effective working skills of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Email


  • Self starter, ability to problem solve independently
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize and effectively manage time
  • Strong presentation, written, and verbal skills
  • Attention to detail in all areas of work
  • Ability to work individually as well as part of a team
  • High level of integrity, confidentiality and accountability

To inquire or apply, contact Nicole Sebastian at Essence Recruitment directly by December 4th, 2017. / 306-652-5209

Civil Engineer Saskatoon, SK

Our Client, MPE Engineering Ltd, a consulting engineering company, offering a full range of engineering services in the municipal, building services, and water resources fields, enjoys a solid reputation for quality service, client commitment and high professional standards.  MPE brings dedication, commitment, and innovation to their clients to exceed their expectations for service, quality and value.

MPE Engineering Ltd. has provided consulting engineering services for over 30 years. With over 200 staff in six offices located in Alberta and Saskatchewan, their engineering services range from planning and feasibility studies to detailed design, construction, project management, training, and operational assistance.  MPE Engineering Ltd. prides itself in having numerous employees who have been with the firm for over 20 years, and understand that they can only succeed if their staff are successful, therefore, are committed to promoting and supporting their development. For further information about MPE Engineering, visit their website at

We want to hear from you if you bring dedication, commitment, and innovation that exceeds expectations for service, quality, and value.  You strive to build and maintain strong long-term relationships with your staff, clients, and communities – based on integrity and respect. A self -directed employee who looks for new opportunities and imagines fresh possibilities that will represent MPE Engineering Ltd.  You will step up and take ownership in solving problems and achieving the right results.



  • Manage, design, develop, create and maintain small-scale through to large-scale construction projects in a safe, timely and sustainable manner
  • Conduct on site investigations and analyze data (maps, reports, tests, drawings and other)
  • Undertake technical and feasibility studies
  • Complete designs and technical specifications
  • Assess potential risks, materials and costs
  • Provide advice and resolve creatively any emerging problems/deficiencies
  • Monitor progress and compile reports in project status
  • Manage budget and purchase equipment/materials
  • Ensure the project complies with legal requirements, especially health and safety
  • Oversee and mentor staff and liaise with a variety of stakeholders
  • Undertake business development work
  • Respond to Request for Proposals

Skills & Competencies

  • BSc in Civil, Municipal or Civil Environmental Engineering.
  • 8-10 years working experience in civil /municipal engineering
  • Interest in Municipal (distribution, collection, and transportation) Engineering.
  • Expertise in AutoCAD
  • Project Management and supervisory skills
  • Aptitude for general construction methods.
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Possess good written and verbal communications skills.
  • Must be eligible for membership in APEGS

Personal Attributes

  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively to others involved in a project.
  • Able to plan and see the “big picture”
  • Self-motivated
  • Competent in conflict and crisis management
  • Excellent leadership and human resources management skills
  • Aptitude to delegate tasks to those capable of completing them, or assign workers to oversee areas of a project.
  • Can evaluate progression and adherence to deadlines on a routine basis. When something changes, you may need to re-prioritize your planned activities and tasks.
  • Skilled at problem solving by considering potential problems faced in a project. Come up with solutions to problems that others have not considered.
  • Understands how to create an environment of teamwork and willingness to help coworkers.


To apply or for further detail, contact Joanne Oliver at Essence Recruitment directly.

306.652.5233 /


Publishing Assistant

Within the newly created publishing division of Banda Marketing Group, the PUBLISHING ASSISTANT will assist the publisher with a wide range of tasks to support the division’s short- and long-term goals. The projects themselves may include ongoing business activities or one or more specific shorter-term projects, each with multiple deadlines requiring a great deal of coordination. As a critical thinker, this person will manage a flow of work that includes dealing with suppliers, ensuring activities are completed on time, performing online research to collect appropriate data, and following the task or project through to completion.

Responsibilities can include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with project management through coordination of resources, scheduling meetings, and ensuring effective communication on project details with all parties involved.
  • Ensuring that contracts are in place for advertisers and that appropriate files are delivered to the design studio on time.
  • Updating contact database and exporting data for advertising campaigns or similar.
  • Posting information on the company’s website and social media platforms.
  • Conducting online research to find information to support management decisions.

This dynamic role is an attractive career for the right person as there is opportunity for continued education and career development. This role is a great fit for someone who enjoys working on a variety of projects simultaneously, is excited about research, and loves working within technical systems and databases. The successful candidate will be able to learn about new industries and work independently. This person will have a strong work ethic demonstrating pride in and accountability for the quality of their work.

For further information or to apply, contact Tracy Arno, Essence Recruitment directly. All inquiries are welcome.


Outside Sales Representative

In business for over 30 years, our Client is the distributor for a variety of top quality grain cleaning and handling equipment. Offering a variety of equipment lines for seed processing, handling, and packaging enables our Client to design complete processing facilities or offer upgrades to existing facilities. They have three offices in Western Canada with a highly experienced staff who are committed to today’s agri-business.


We are currently recruiting for a full-time Outside Sales Representative for Manitoba. The successful candidate will ideally be based out of Brandon, MB and be responsible for sales and customer account relationships, which have a huge impact on the business. This is a great position for someone with experience developing and fostering excellent relationships and focusing on high quality customer service and follow up. You will be conscientious, respectful, take initiative, be a great listener, as well as being resourceful and persistent, all while maintaining a positive attitude. You must also be able to work independently and have a drive for success.

Duties and Responsibilities will include but not limited to:

  • Promote sales within your specific region
  • Achieve and exceed stated quarterly and yearly sales goals in your assigned territory
  • Estimate and quote prices on equipment
  • Maintain current product knowledge of all equipment, parts, and services available to customers
  • Prepare sales plans and daily call reports
  • Maintain and build customer relationships
  • Develop new accounts while maintaining existing accounts
  • Educate customers about equipment through demonstrations
  • Influence customers by addressing current and future needs
  • Maintain current knowledge of financing options to assist customer’s financial needs
  • Engage with dealership personnel in completing a sale answering customer account questions, and ensuring customer account needs are met
  • Provide value to customers by developing solutions that save time, reduce risk, and increase profits
  • Monitor and communicate in a timely manner any competitive activity to management
  • Attend applicable sales training events/seminars
  • Perform other duties as required


Education and Experience:

  • 2-5 years of experience in sales and/or marketing
  • University degree in agriculture, marketing, commerce, or equivalent would be considered an asset
  • Demonstrated understanding of farming practices in Western Canada

Competencies and Skills Needed:

  • Outstanding relationship management and networking skills to function in a diverse environment
  • Proven leadership, people development, and coaching capability required
  • Excellent time management and prioritization skills
  • Ability to solve problems independently and as a team
  • Exceptional interpersonal and written/oral communication skills
  • Ability to use Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Knowledge of basic safety equipment procedures
  • Must have valid driver’s license with a clean driving record
  • Must to able to work in all types of weather conditions
  • Ability to lift up to 75 pounds
  • Able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to travel to and from job sites and customer locations

To apply or for further detail, contact Joanne Oliver at Essence Recruitment directly.

306.652.5233 /

Project Manager

Project Manager

Our client Meridian, is an industry leader in real estate development and is at the forefront of construction practices.  Meridian is looking for a passionate individual to help them foster creativity and innovation in the planning and execution of their residential and commercial construction projects.  For further information about Meridian, visit their website at

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the project manager is responsible for the project’s overall performance including safety, quality, budget, schedule, and customer satisfaction.  This is a great fit for a project manager that is experienced in residential and commercial construction and wants to work with a local, successful and innovative company.


  • Develop and review a project schedule with senior management and all other staff that will be affected by the project activities; revise the schedule as required;
  • Determine and estimate a project budget that includes all resources required to complete the project;
  • Ensure that projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget;
  • Ensure adherence to all health and safety standards and report issues;
  • Manage and support project team including answering questions and providing guidance when needed;
  • Review the quality of the work completed with the project team to ensure it meets the project standards;
  • Provide support in supervision of the job site;


Education & Experience

  • Post-Secondary Degree in Engineering or similar
  • PMP or equivalent certification will be a benefit
  • 10 plus years’ in residential and commercial construction project management experience that includes basic engineering and building construction skills as well as structural design, blueprint reading, building layout surveying and quantity surveying
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Office

Skills & Competencies

  • Ability to lead, supervise, and manage others to achieve the desired results of the organization
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbally and written
  • Planning and time management skills to ensure projects are being completed within outlined time frame
  • Strong interpersonal skills along with the ability to problem solve and deal with conflict resolution in a professional manner
  • Extremely organized, able to prioritize with a high attention to detail

Personal Attributes:

Leader, confidant, personable, organized, professional, reliable

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to contact Essence Recruitment. Contact Joanne Oliver directly at: 306.652.5209