Responsible for management and leverage of sourceable spend of approximately $2 billion across all commodities and accountable for professional staff and budget supporting all major areas of University contract spend including Harvard schools and departments. Establishes and maintains key high level leadership relationships with constituents integrating purchasing strategy with other functional strategy for departments by ensuring that purchasing input is considered in the development of department unit and supply chain strategies. Oversee development and implementation of category management strategies for individual categories for innovation, cost reduction and/or value enhancement that result in tangible benefits to the bottom line. Oversee and guide finalization of category-specific road map for institutionalizing category management focus (activities, timing, resources, dependencies, etc.). Oversee tracking and monitoring of supplier markets for key categories during the duration of contracts (including benchmarking against industry/market standards). Evaluate strategies based on changing market conditions and provides input during strategic sourcing activities, including internal and external analysis and negotiations. Support supplier risk assessment, performance and relationship management requirements to establish and maintain collaborative, long-term relationships with strategic suppliers for all assigned categories. Effectively communicate market dynamics to department unit leaders ensuring alignment of category strategies. Lead and promote change management as required to ensure success in sourcing activities and attainment of savings and risk mitigation objectives.
Closely monitor progress in all assigned relationships and categories, and develop and oversee reporting for savings, opportunity identification, risk and performance as the result of the category sourcing activity. Key role in the design, development, and implementation of Strategic Procurement strategy, policy/process and technology planning and design. Serves as primary back-up for Director, Strategic Procurement.
Please note: Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening.
Harvard University is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship.
This position has a 90-day orientation and review period.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Harvard's Financial Administration Department (FAD) is dedicated to supporting the teaching and research missions of Harvard University by providing outstanding financial services to the Harvard community; by providing support, guidance and consultation; by working to ensure compliance with University and federal guidelines; by mitigating risk; and by promoting the financial health of the University.
FAD is responsible for oversight of the University's finances, including efficient and accurate transaction processing, financial reporting, budgeting and financial planning, cash and debt management, internal audit services, risk management and sponsored program administration, and administrative systems services.
The department, led by the Vice President for Finance (VPF), is comprised of eight reporting units:
Financial Systems Solutions
Office of the Controller
Office of Finance and Administration
Office of Financial Strategy and Planning
Office for Sponsored Programs
Office of Treasury Management
Risk Management and Audit Services
To consistently deliver high-quality, innovative service and leadership in financial planning, analysis, operations and compliance, in support of Harvard's teaching and research objectives.
We aspire to provide the Harvard community with outstanding financial services to enable the dissemination of knowledge and the advancement of intellectual discovery. We commit to steward the University's assets efficiently, such that resources are assured for current and future generations of faculty and students.
Salary Grade: 061
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Minimum 15 years or more of relevant sourcing or related experience for large-scale operation including management and development of team.
MBA/JD degree in finance/supply chain or related field preferred.
Demonstrated track record of success leading major strategic sourcing and supplier management programs across a range of indirect/professional services categories.
Global category management and sourcing experience, with proven experience managing cross-functional and/or global teams in a highly matrixed environment.
Excellent organizational, analytical, time management skills.
Excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation, negotiation skills with strong influencing and persuasive talents.
Self-motivated, takes initiative and has the ability to effectively organize, multi-task and prioritize a wide array of initiatives.
Has an aptitude for innovation. Must have high integrity and strong ethics.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. T...he University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.