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Purchasing Manager

Kettering University
Flint, Michigan (US)
Commensurate with experience
Date posted
Apr 10, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
  • Manage the daily operations of the purchasing function to ensure that the university’s policies and practices allow timely, efficient, and ethical delivery of essential goods and services to the Kettering community.
  • Evaluate, make recommendations, and develop University-wide procurement policies and procedures for the implementation of standards that represent best practices in compliance with all applicable Federal and State rules and regulations.
  • Develop positive relationships and partner with Vice Presidents, Provost Office, Deans, Directors, Department Heads, and other campus constituents to develop and implement procurement initiatives that improve procurement processes, increase contract compliance, reduce purchase and invoice transactions and ensure support for the unit and the mission of the university. This may include planning sessions designed to educate customers about procurement processes, supplier selection processes and supplier relationship management.
  • Negotiate contracts for the acquisition of goods and services, as well as lead complex and detailed initiatives that are directly related to procurement. Promote strategic activities with commodities; focusing on supplier management.
  • Recommends overall contracting strategies and negotiates legal and business terms to support goals of the requester in alignment with contracting and regulatory requirements.
  • Apply facilitation and leadership skills to obtain end-user participation in and support for large scope purchasing projects.
  • Assist end-user departments in the formulation of bid specifications; facilitate and lead cross-functional task teams to garner end-user support on projects.
  • Contribute to the efficient operation of the business unit by partnering with the CFO; provide information, insight, analysis, and recommendations to maximize revenues and profits.
  • Initiate cost savings programs, management and growth of a portfolio of contracts, providing vision and leadership in identifying strategic procurement initiatives.
  • Develop specifications, issue, and analyze requests for proposals and award contracts to successful suppliers.
  • Act as an agent of the university to negotiate with vendors and approve purchase orders within university approved budgets.
  • Employ data and metrics to manage the effectiveness and efficiency of procurement and contract operations.
  • Serve as backup to other areas of the Business Office.
  • Routinely update and maintain desk procedures for all related purchasing tasks.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Controller.

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