Chief Procure To Pay Officer

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 24, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Chief Procure To Pay Officer

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
Northeastern University seeks a creative and forward-thinking Chief P2P Officer who will lead a unified Procure to Pay (P2P) Organization to include Strategic Procurement, P2P Operations, and Service & Quality Assurance teams and will create a center of service excellence. This is an exceptional opportunity for an accomplished professional to join a world-class academic institution and to support the university's continued global expansion. The Chief P2P Officer will bring intellectual agility and creativity to the development of priorities and strategies that elevate the work of the university community. The individual will oversee an infrastructure that will support the university community to meet its goals in charting a path for continued success and ensuring best-in-class service as a standard.

The Chief P2P Officer builds relationships with key university stakeholders to develop, communicate, and maintain university P2P policies and best practice in alignment with the university's mission, vision, strategy and goals. The individual is responsible for assessing new university business opportunities/initiatives globally as it relates to all procure to pay functions and makes recommendations on P2P strategy to senior leadership. The person in this role must have a strong background in managing contemporary procurement and payment systems and as needed, make recommendations on P2P technological solutions to champion continuous improvement.

The Chief P2P Officer provides university-wide leadership and operational oversight of Strategic Procurement and is responsible for developing a global procurement strategy and overseeing functions including supplier information and relationship management, strategic sourcing and negotiations, buying requisitioning, compliance and specialized procurement including but not limited to sponsored research programs. The procurement strategy must comply with all local, state, federal agencies and regulations. The position manages all P2P related relationships with external partners domestically and globally where specific technical compliance or local sourcing expertise is required.

The Chief P2P Officer will also oversee P2P Operations and will focus on vendor payment strategies and increasing efficiency through automation across the entire procure to pay functions within the university's global operation. This area will also include all vendor disbursement and reporting functions including card management and travel and expense.

The position will also oversee Service and Quality Assurance, driving an increasingly more integrated service enterprise designed for efficiency and maximum return on investment. Additionally, the Chief P2P Officer will ensure that the team is responsive to divisional and institutional goals and priorities, anticipating and addressing issues related to the alignment of infrastructure with business objectives or best practices, and proactively recommend and implement solutions. This role requires a high degree of collaboration in a decentralized budget model and must have the skillset to influence change university-wide.

In support of the university's efforts to emphasize, deepen, and enlarge our ongoing efforts to be actively engaged in Boston and in communities surrounding all our campuses, Northeastern has made a commitment to strengthening ties with minority-owned businesses. The individual in this role will guide Northeastern's ongoing efforts to encourage business opportunities and diversity among its vendors by promoting minority business development as a shared responsibility across the university. In this effort, the Chief P2P Officer will ensure that the team increases awareness of minority suppliers and creates opportunities for minority-, women-, veteran-, and LGBTQ-owned businesses.

Championing a culture in which teamwork, collaboration, boldness, and innovation are expected and rewarded, the Chief P2P Officer will lead by example with regard to effective communication with university colleagues providing a high level of customer service, cross-organizational cooperation, and reliance on clear standards of professional and ethical conduct.

Finance employees are stewards of the university and trusted partners, bridging aspirations to business solutions in thoughtful, grounded, and agile ways to advance Northeastern's mission.

The ideal candidate will bring a background in the following areas: procurement, including supplier diversity initiatives, accounts payable, service delivery, business process automation, cost reduction, and productivity improvement. They will bring sound judgment to the role and the ability to make independent decisions while working collaboratively with colleagues across campus. Additional qualifications include:

  • A minimum of ten years' experience, including management responsibility in procurement/AP operations
  • Demonstrated effectiveness as a leader and strategic thinker who thrives when working as a member of a dynamic leadership team
  • The credibility and maturity required to effectively engage colleagues, build trust, and make connections across the university
  • Ability to troubleshoot and make sound decisions in response to rapidly changing often complicated situations
  • Skilled as an outstanding coach, mentor, and motivator of professionals with a dedication to hiring, retaining, and developing talent within an inclusive environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving business opportunities and diversity among its vendors by promoting minority-owned business
  • Able to clearly and effectively communicate up, down, and across a decentralized matrix organization
  • Proven change management skills and ability to affect change
  • Exceptional negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent analytical skills and quantitative approach to decision making
  • Proven skills to deliver high quality customer service
  • Knowledge of relevant legislative and regulatory requirements particular to higher education a plus
  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) preferred
  • Experience in international/global sourcing is a plus

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    Additional Information:
    A criminal background check is required for this position.

    Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

    All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

    To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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