Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Procurement and/or designated supervisor the Purchasing Agent 1 is responsible for independently performing a full range of routine procurement duties involving the purchase of audio visual, telecom, IT hardware, or other assigned commodities requiring specialized technical expertise in limited areas. This position will support the audio visual, telecom and IT hardware needs across all University campuses, including the Health Center in Farmington.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Reviews limited value purchase orders and purchase requisitions for assigned commodities [audio visual, telecom, IT hardware, or other as assigned] for accuracy; determines correct method for procuring goods and services in accordance with state statutes, rules and regulations, and University policies and procedures.
Authorizes limited value purchase orders within specified and authorized dollar limits.
Solicits competitive bids from vendors; assists in developing specifications to clearly define precise product requirements; develops special terms and conditions, as required, to protect the University’s interests relative to contractual obligations.
Works with Procurement Sourcing Specialists in evaluating sources that can provide essential goods and services to support the University’s needs; analyses and interprets price trends and market conditions which affect assigned commodities and makes recommendations to Associate Director or designated team leader.
Monitors vendor and product performance to ensure compliance with contractual obligations; develops vendor database and continually maintains and updates this list to reflect changes relative to new techniques discontinued capabilities, new services added and salient information relative to past vendor performance.
In area of assigned commodities [audio visual, telecom, IT hardware, or other as assigned], works with requesting departments recommending procedures that will accomplish their business goals in the most cost-effective manner.
May provide staff training for Purchasing Assistants on the buying team; provides training for clients relative to State and University purchasing policies and procedures.
Acts as team leader for the acquisition of all assigned commodities during the absence of the Purchasing Agent 2.
Assists team leader, as required, with annual performance evaluations for team members.
Serves as a liaison between the University, Department of Administrative Services and/or other State agencies, as required.
Negotiates settlements as necessary to resolve disputes arising from the purchase of assigned commodities. e.g., product replacements, acceptance of damaged goods with price concessions, out-of-warrant product failures, additional vendors services, etc.
Travels to all Regional Campuses and UConn Health, as required.
Performs related duties as required.
Bachelor’s degree in discipline appropriate to assigned commodities and one year professional experience in a comparable environment OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
Comprehensive working knowledge of topics specific to assigned commodities.
Ability to analyze complex proposals.
Demonstration of good organizational and interpersonal skills.
Experience with computers and Microsoft Office Suite (including Excel, Access, PowerPoint).
Dependable transportation and ability to travel.
Experience with KFS or similar electronic financial records system.
Strong accounting skills with experience monitoring and reconciling accounts/purchase order balances.
Experience performing purchasing and accounts payable functions.
Experience and understanding of the requirements associated with competitive bidding processes, i.e. Requests for Proposals (RFP’s), Sole Source Justifications, etc.
Knowledge of State procurement laws relative to assigned commodities.
Experience in working with vendors in obtaining quotes and/or other pertinent vendor information.
This is a full-time position. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits including employee and dependent tuition waiver at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment. Salary will be commensurate with successful candidate’s background and experience. For more detailed information about this job opening please visit: http://www.procurement.uconn.edu/.
Interested candidates must submit a letter of application, resume and contact information for three (3) professional references, including one reference from current place of employment. Please apply on-line at UConn Jobs, www.jobs.uconn.edu, Staff Positions. Please reference Job ID 2018234. Screening will begin immediately. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2018234)
This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on March 2, 2018.
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Internal Number: 2018234
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