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Procurement Manager

Colorado School of Mines
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 7, 2023

Engineering a world of possibilities

The Procurement Manager will direct, manage, and oversee the Procurement Department including supervising a team of procurement agents. For more on the procurement team at Mines, please visit:

The ideal candidate will have strong problem-solving and negotiation skills and the ability to handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy. They will be customer-focused with excellent communication and relationship-building skills. If you are a detail-oriented leader with excellent time management and project management skills, apply today!

This is a hybrid work environment, working some days on campus and some days remotely, based on business and department need and in accordance with Mines Flexible Workplace Policy.

Direct, Manage, and Oversee the Procurement Office
  • Direct, manage, oversee and supervises the Procurement Office including staff.
  • Develop and track goals for ensuring effective and efficient operations of the Procurement Department.
  • Train, assign duties, and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel.
Internal Process Management
  • Review and evaluate purchasing methods, assignments, policies and procedures to increase efficiency and effectiveness of purchasing operations. Implement and coordinate enhancements to automated systems.
  • Work with campus constituents to implement new procedures and to train on new automated processes.
  • Conduct in-service training to University personnel on laws, regulations, policies and procedures related to purchasing.
  • Communicate with campus constituents to resolve issues and improve the procurement function.
Compliance and Reporting
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate the maintenance of records of purchasing compliant with retention policies.
  • Ensure compliance with Federal and State statutes, regulations, and Mines policies governing purchasing operations.
  • Apply monitoring techniques to mitigate risk of non-compliance. Conduct surveys and compiles statistical reports on various phases of the purchasing programs.
  • Ensure that internal controls, encumbrances, accruals, capital vs operating expenditures are recorded/reported consistent with proper accounting principles as they relate to procurement.
  • Prepare written and oral reports concerning purchasing practices.
  • Perform complex and technical purchases of services, materials, equipment and supplies.
Strategic Procurement Directive
  • Develop and oversee the strategic procurement plan for the university.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in business, accounting, finance or related field
  • Professional Procurement Certification (e.g., CPPB and/or CPPO)
  • At least three (3) years of public procurement experience.
  • Progressive experience as a professional in Procurement including knowledge and comprehensive understanding of theories, principles, and best practices of procurement
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working in an institution of Higher Education, preferably the Colorado School of Mines
  • Demonstrated familiarity with Banner or other Oracle-based financial system
  • Management or supervision experience at the professional level
  • Demonstrated experience in writing policies and procedures
  • Experience training team members, colleagues, or constituents
  • Advanced degree in business, accounting, finance, law or other related field: in lieu of advanced degree, demonstrated experience
  • Experience navigating complex procurements
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, including the ability to prepare clear and concise contracts, solicitations and proposals.
  • Progressive experience in creating, negotiating, preparing contracting and negotiation of vendor contracts
Salary and Benefits

$87,700 - $96100

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Colorado School of Mines offers a robust portfolio of benefits for all employees. For this role, that includes:
  • Fully paid health and dental premiums

  • Generous sick/vacation time: 13 paid holidays per year – including a week-long winter break for entire campus.

  • Fully vested retirement plan on first day of employment, with generous employer contribution

  • Tuition benefits (6 credits per year for employees, 50 percent discount for dependents)

  • Free RTD Ecopass

All Mines employees also have access to discount programs through the State of Colorado and free tickets for Mines Athletics home games, as well as access to the on-campus Recreation Center (fitness classes and training, swimming pool and more), equipment rentals through the Outdoor Rec Center, the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP), and backup child and elder care. Coming soon is an on-campus daycare center. For more information about benefits at Mines, go to .

How to Apply

Applicants must:
  • C omplete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veteran status)

  • U pload a resume or CV

  • Upload a cover letter

This posting will close December 20, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Applications will not be accepted after that date. Application review will begin immediately following the close date; we anticipate that the first round of interviews will be scheduled the first week of January.

  References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.

Mines welcomes everyone to our team; in your application, please feel free to note which pronouns you use (For example - she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, etc ). If you need reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.

Successful Completion of a Background Investigation is Required for this Position.

About Mines & Golden, CO

When the world looks for answers, the world looks to Mines.

Colorado School of Mines is a top-ranked public university solving the grand challenges facing our society, particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment. Founded in 1874 with specialties in mining and metallurgy, Mines’ scope and mission have continually expanded to meet the needs of industry and society. Today, we are the No. 38 public university in the nation, recognized for our innovation and undergraduate teaching in science, technology engineering and math (U.S. News and World Report, 2023).

Mines graduates are change makers, boundary breakers and problem solvers. Since our earliest days, a Mines education has been and continues to be a transformational opportunity, with one of the strongest returns on investment out there for talented STEM students of all backgrounds.

At the same time, Mines faculty members are pushing their fields in new directions, whether that’s manufacturing, space resources, quantum engineering, carbon capture or more. Mines was recently classified as a R1 “Very High Activity” research institution by Carnegie, a notable feat for any university but particularly one of our size .

That size – roughly 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students – also translates to a close-knit campus community, where employees have opportunities to get involved in multiple ways, continued professional learning is valued and everyone can make an impact.

Community Alliance groups bring together employees for professional development, networking, cultural awareness and community involvement, and all Mines employees also have access to the wealth of activities happening every day on campus – nationally-renowned speakers, special events and Mines traditions like Engineering Days, just to name a few.

And don’t get us started on our hometown. We are located in the heart of Golden, Colorado --with its charming historic downtown and nearby hiking trails – and in close proximity to all that Denver and the Rocky Mountains have to offer. That includes the sunny, high-altitude climate and outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities that make the Denver area an ideal place to live, work and play.

Are you looking for an inspiring, mission-driven workplace where you can contribute to solving the world’s problems and educating the next generation of change makers? Are you an individual who values a diverse and inclusive community, where our different perspectives, experiences and cultures enrich the educational and work experience?

Look to Mines.

Equal Opportunity

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Colorado's premier engineering and applied science university for 150 years and counting

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