Purchasing Manager 5 (Director of Procurement)
The Pennsylvania State University seeks a highly skilled and motivated leader to be responsible for the overall vision and direction for Procurement Services, which includes centralized purchasing, e-procurement, the purchasing card program, strategic purchasing, and diversity supplier and travel initiatives. The director reports to the Associate Vice President (AVP) for Auxiliary and Business Services and is a critical member of the AVP's leadership team. The director is responsible for the overall administration of the purchasing department and includes assuring compliance with federal, state and University regulations, policies, certifications, and procedures; providing University-wide tools and resources to meet users' needs for goods and services; developing revenue generation, cost reduction, cost savings, and risk mitigation strategies in the purchasing arena; promoting environmental stewardship and diversity supplier initiatives; and, providing exceptional customer service. The scope of Procurement Services encompasses University Park and all Commonwealth Campus locations. Responsibilities of the director also include strategic planning; defining and articulating vision, standards and expectations; supervision; budgeting, financial and facility management; human resource management; problem-solving and conflict resolution, quality improvement and stakeholder involvement; and, policy/procedure/process and program review and development. Other duties include the following: Review and authorize high dollar purchase orders and contracts. Work closely with the Controller's Office, Legal Counsel, Internal Audit, and Risk Management in addition to other units and colleagues. Ensure compliance with all audit requirements to include maintaining an approved purchasing system as mandated by the Federal Government through their Contractor Purchasing System Review process. Review, negotiate, modify and execute vendor contracts for all University procurement including hardware, software, service contracts and consulting agreements. Serve as project manager for University initiatives such as the selection and implementation of the e-procurement system. Represent Procurement Services on various University committees. Within Procurement Services, there are 37 staff and staff support employees. Over 18,000 purchase orders and over 100,000 invoices totaling more than $357M annually flow through Procurement Services. The University Purchasing Card Program has over 9,000 cardholders and an annual spend of more than $70M. The electronic procurement system has over 4,000 users who process over 54,000 orders in excess of $18M annually. The successful candidate will: Be an effective leader, with the ability to inspire the workforce and build a sense of team in a large, diverse and complex organization. Be a strategic thinker who can translate vision into actions and implement solutions to highly complex and often controversial problems that may have University-wide impact. Have a strong and demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion. Evidence excellent communication and customer service skills including diplomacy in persuading, influencing, negotiating and resolving disputes with a wide variety of stakeholders, internal and external to the University. Successfully manage large-scale projects and change initiatives while prioritizing and balancing multiple and sometimes conflicting demands and issues. Serve as a responsible steward for University assets. Display an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit coupled with an adherence to best business practices and ethics. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus ten years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master's degree or equivalent is preferred. Additional experience in progressively more complex roles is preferred. Experience in higher education is preferred. Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) and/or Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) certification preferred. Supervisory experience is required.
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