Purchasing Department University Services Michigan State University
MSU Classification Title: Assistant Director University Services - Procurement Working Title: Head of Procurement - APSA 17 Posting #570429
Job Summary Michigan State University (MSU) is one of the nation's leading land-grant institutions with a reputation for excellent and affordable education. University Services provides supply chain management for MSU through the departments of Purchasing, University Stores and Logistics, Mail Services, and Capital Asset Management. The Head of Procurement reports to the Director of University Services and Supply Chain Management, and has associated responsibility for all University Services functional areas. The Head of Procurement primarily manages the Purchasing Department, which provides the central procurement function for MSU. The department has a staff of 25 employees and an approximate annual spend of $350 million for scientific, health, maintenance/repair, office products, information technology, custodial, research, agricultural commodities, and vehicles.
The Head of Procurement is responsible for strategy, financial oversight, compliance, performance management, and technical innovation for procurement. Business strategies are implemented in partnership with the professional supervisory team, defining goals and objectives, and guiding change processes. The Head of Procurement oversees compliance with procurement-related federal, state, international, and university policies and regulations. The Head of Procurement guides professional staff in managing complex bidding and negotiating strategies, establishes and monitors the department budget, prepares reports and metrics for executive management, identifies best practices and leads organizational change initiatives, defines goals and objectives for the department, and promotes professional development.
The Head of Procurement mediates solutions to complex business needs in the university community, communicating with tact and discretion, and in accordance with university policies. Frequent interaction occurs with the academic scientific research community to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. The Head of Procurement is a resource to logistics professionals for strategic procurement issues. The position requires effective integration of day-to-day results-driven procurement production with future-oriented system and process innovation.
The Head of Procurement models excellent relationships with staff, suppliers, contractors, the campus community, and professional associates at other organizations and institutions. This leadership role fosters an environment that supports diversity, inclusion, initiative, innovation, service excellence, and sustainability.
Additional duties include serving as a resource to Logistics operations and contributing to unit-wide and institutional goals, initiatives, and strategic imperatives.
Minimum Requirements A bachelor's degree with course work in supply chain management, procurement, materials management, personnel and labor relations, business law, accounting, information systems and/or industrial engineering; eight or more years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in procurement management; knowledge and practical experience with procurement policies, procedures, practices, productivity tools, and risk management; experience in establishing and managing a departmental operating budget; supervisory experience with demonstrated success in leadership, planning, change management, collaboration, and decision-making in a large complex organization; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Desired Qualifications Comprehensive knowledge of higher education or public procurement processes, with a broad background in related supply chain management functions such as logistics and payables. The preferred candidate will possess superior interpersonal skills for managing change in a complex regulatory environment. Integrity and sound judgment in decision-making are priorities for success in this position. This individual must be an effective leader of both people and process in change management. Desired qualifications include comprehensive knowledge of higher education or public procurement processes, spend analytics, and legal/policy considerations for procurement. It is expected this individual will have career experience managing teams and projects. A broad background in related supply chain management functions such as logistics and payables is desirable. Master of Business Administration or Supply Chain degree is preferred. CPM, CPSM, CPPO or equivalent certification.
MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals.