Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position please visit our website Benefits page.
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
Our Procurement Services Department has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Contracts Specialist.
The Senior Contracts Specialist will identify contracting opportunities, conduct solicitations and execute and manage the resulting contracts. The position serves as an institutional purchasing authority, identifying emerging issues and trends in various commodity areas. The position assures compliance with federal, state and University requirements while meeting the business needs of customers and suppliers.
Reporting to the Manager of Procurement Services, the Senior Contracts Specialist will contribute to the Procurement Services Culture of Service, focusing on delivering value for others inside and outside the organization and across the University through customer service, operational effectiveness and employee satisfaction.
Create contract management plans. Serve as liaison with other buying staff, the customer and the supplier to ensure a seamless procure to pay process. Regularly review contract spend analytics and communicate with supplier and customers. At contract end, review and implement extension options as appropriate.
Develop an interactive relationship with key suppliers. Identify metrics for evaluation and develop scorecard or rating system. Conduct biannual performance reviews with suppliers.
Conduct solicitations and negotiate contracts in the best interest of the University, applying an understanding of the fundamentals of contract law, the elements of a contract, contracting authority and working with counsel. Identify, assess and mitigate risks for the University.
Utilize reporting tools to manipulate data for analysis. Identify opportunities for creating contracts that will increase the University's contract-covered spend.
Develop and Maintain Commodity Expertise
Conduct ongoing research to maintain knowledge of emerging market trends and current technical knowledge of commodities.
Develop and Maintain Positive Department Support Relationships
Manage relationships with customers. Partner with departments to promote utilization of established contracts and efficient use of procurement systems. Work collaboratively with customers to maximize contract benefits and address any issues promptly.
LEAN and department activities.
Participate in or lead internal or cross-departmental continuous improvement projects utilizing LEAN methodology and tools. Contribute to all assigned project teams.
Demonstrate proficient use of Ariba procurement systems and assist customers and suppliers to utilize systems efficiently.
Minimum of four years of progressively responsible experience in purchasing and contracting management. Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for the stated requirements.
A track record of successfully managing multiple procurement projects and delivering projects on schedule. Ability to develop and track procurement project schedules ;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills for a variety of audiences. Ability to lead meetings, give presentations; work with facts and be able to tell a story with numbers;
Demonstrated success in building and sustaining positive customer and other relationships
Commitment to working within an organizational framework of continuous process improvement;
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Experience in public higher education, especially in a research or information technology setting.
Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) or Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) certifications
Conditions of Employment:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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