Towson University is currently accepting applications for an Associate Director of Procurement. This position performs all aspects of highly complex procurement activities in support of all University departments. Duties include the full range of procurement activities from initial planning through contract formation and award. Applies IT expertise (including PeopleSoft) to solve business problems and improve operational efficiency. Acts for the Procurement Director in his/her absence. Functional responsibility for PeopleSoft E-Pro, Purchasing, Contracts, Receiving, Workflow, Security, year-end processing and training.
The Associate Director of Procurement supervises various buying and clerical staff, managing the day-to-day activities of the procurement and contract administration staff, including minority business enterprise (MBE) and Small Business Reserve (SBR) compliance issues. Coordinates procurement planning and execution with Procurement Director. Advises/guides buyers and University faculty and staff on the most appropriate and practical approach to completing each project, including the most appropriate procurement method. Prepares contract and solicitation documents necessary to conduct the widest range of procurement and contracting practices permitted by applicable law and policy. Solicits bids and proposals, conducts pre-bid meetings and bid openings, and prepares all correspondence and documents necessary for final contract award, including submission to the Board of Public Works, the University System Office and the Board of Regents. Reviews supplier offers and contracts for appropriateness and compliance with terms and conditions. Regularly involved in negotiations relating to a variety of contracts, including capital construction/renovations, facilities maintenance, complex services, commodities and information technology. Leads and manages IT-related initiatives in Procurement including business process design and requirements identification, system testing, fit/gap analysis and issue resolution, preparation of end-user documentation and training, and execution of other conversion activities.
Bachelor's degree and five years of experience in public or higher education procurement; preferably at a management/supervisory level. Ability to manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines and work independently, with consultative supervision. Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally, including high-level public meetings. Competence in analyzing data to improve department management and institutional compliance. Skill in managing staff and resolving differences among diverse groups. High-level decision-making ability. Knowledge of public procurement law, principles, and best practices for contract administration and supply chain management. Experience managing project budgets and schedules.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in the higher education setting, particularly with capital projects and information technology. Expert knowledge of University business practices and their execution within an ERP system. Knowledge of PeopleSoft software application. Ability to work with construction and IT industry professionals to develop and manage contracts and assure adherence to terms and conditions. Knowledge and understanding of MD procurement law and Board of Public Works advisories, as well as USM Procurement Policies & Procedures preferred.
A criminal background investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.
Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary and full University benefits that include 22 days of annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission. To learn more about our benefits, click here.
This position will be open for a minimum of 14 days. Cover letter and resume are requested, but not required.
Internal Number: 180000JG
About Towson University
The largest comprehensive university in the Baltimore area, Towson University is nationally recognized for its excellent programs in the arts and sciences, communications, business, health professions, education, fine arts and computer information systems. Located in suburban Towson, eight miles north of Baltimore, our beautifully landscaped, 328-acre setting offers a pleasant environment for study and a diverse campus life, as well as easy access to a wealth of university and community resources. Towson University's educational experience branches out to off-campus locations throughout Maryland, including a number of online options. Our many interdisciplinary partnerships with public and private organizations throughout Maryland provide opportunities for research, internships and jobs. Towson University is a founding member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).