Reporting to the Associate Vice President for University Business Services & Chief Procurement Officer (AVP/CPO), the University Director of Procurement Services is responsible for day-to-day supervision of purchasing operations and assigned staff at all University campuses, including UConn’s main campus in Storrs, all regional campuses, and UConn Health in Farmington, CT. The University Director participates in efforts leading to cost optimization, improved quality and enhanced innovation through the development of strategic sourcing initiatives, assurance of sourcing compliance, adherence to State, Federal and University policies and procedures, effective vendor negotiation and staff development and training.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, leading a team of procurement professionals; managing procurement operations and staff at all UConn campuses; serve as an integral member of the unit’s leadership team, working closely with the AVP/CPO in establishing and implementing the unit’s strategic mission and goals; develop, recommend, implement and maintain University-wide policies, procedures, and process improvements; identify opportunities for improvement; assist in the preparation and projections of the annual budget; lead large-scale projects in support of the University’s ‘One-UConn’ initiative; serve in a consultative role with peers throughout the University; exercise proper decision-making through designated signature authority to contractually bind the University in legal agreements and issue purchase orders; assess existing and prospective vendors and evaluate the products and services offered; serve as primary resource for customers, vendors, and staff as necessary; ensure compliance with all applicable Federal and State rules and regulations, e.g., Connecticut General Statutes, Uniform Guidance, and with other Federal and State agencies having jurisdiction over the acquisition of products and services; actively participate in a variety of procurement organizations, such as the Connecticut Colleges Purchasing Group (CCPG) and the National Association of Education of Procurement (NAEP); responsible for the development, management and tracking of unit-wide metrics and key performance indicators as defined with oversight of procurement analysts; prepare complex reports, presentations and other documents in response to University constituents, vendors, and state and federal regulatory agencies; develop strong collaborative relationships with key internal stakeholders to strategically manage capital project contracts and vendor relationships; serve as subject matter expert in consulting with University business units on negotiation strategies, contract review, vendor management, procurement laws, regulations, policies, and best practices; dependable transportation and ability to travel to all University campuses and/or visit suppliers in support of University initiatives as needed; perform other related duties as required.
MBA, JD, advanced degree in Business or Public Administration or similar field.
Seven (7) years of experience in procurement management, sourcing administration and negotiation with at least five (5) years of experience at the level of supervisor.
Considerable knowledge of principles of procurement, compliance, procurement law, familiarity of State and procurement statutes, federal regulations, and other public procurement in a state or federal environment.
Knowledge and ability to apply management principles and techniques; strong bid development and negotiation skills; strong knowledge of procurement legal issues including applicable Federal and State laws, statute and regulations. Ability to design, monitor and implement departmental and institutional policies and procedures. Understanding of significance and commitment to supplier diversity programs.
Facilitate vendor management ensuring increased communication with vendors that improves business processes, affect demand for services or changes in market conditions, and obtains feedback to enhance opportunities to better serve the campus community.
Strong leadership, organizational, project management and planning skills with the ability to meet deadlines and facilitate solutions in a fast-paced higher educational environment.
Strong interpersonal and persuasive skills with the ability to work effectively with all levels of employees and management.
Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
Considerable knowledge of academic institutional program needs including research and outreach programs and information technology needs.
Knowledge and familiarity of web ordering environments, contract management systems and principles, standardization programs, supply chain and materials management programs and distribution methods. Demonstrated familiarity with financial system concepts, eProcurement systems, and actual utilization including sourcing activities.
Ability to analyze market trends and benchmarks for best practices and to develop specifications.
Excellent computer skills with strong technical skills to work with multiple database programs including Microsoft Access.Knowledge of automated procurement systems (e.g. Jaggaer) and reporting tools (e.g. Web Focus).
Demonstrated leadership skills and a commitment to mentoring, coaching, and developing a team.
Experience making presentations that represent the department and University to external groups.
Must be able to travel frequently and have reliable transportation.
Advanced degree in an area such as Business or Public Administration or advanced Law Degree (Masters of Law, Doctor of Judicial Science, etc.).
Certification by a recognized professional organization, including: Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM), Certified Associate in Contract Management (CACM), Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM), or Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP).
Demonstrated, professional procurement experience preferably in a higher education institution (public or private) or Fortune 100 company.
Familiarity and working knowledge of SciQuest/Jaggaer and Kuali Financial Systems.
Strong understanding with demonstrated success in strategic procurement principles and approaches.
This is a full-time position. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition reimbursement at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment. Salary will be commensurate with successful candidate’s background and experience.
Please apply online at UConn Jobs, (www.jobs.uconn.edu), Staff Positions. Interested candidates must submit a letter of application, resume and contact information for three (3) professional references, including a reference from applicant’s current place of employment. Please note that references will not be contacted without prior discussion with applicant.
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