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Director of Campus Services Procurement

Harvard University
Massachusetts, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Nov 4, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Executive, Other Executive
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Full Time
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Harvard University seeks a leader with exceptional strategic, operational, and interpersonal skills to join the Campus Services team as Director of Campus Services Procurement.  The Director is responsible for the day-to-day management and strategic operations and oversees the entire procurement function in a customer-focused, strategic, and sustainable manner.

Harvard University is one of the world’s preeminent research universities. Campus Services at Harvard serves as a part of the central administration with a goal to advance Harvard’s mission of teaching and research, by partnering to provide stewardship, strategies, and services that create exceptional community experiences.  In addition to Procurement, Campus Services includes: Energy & Facilities; Environmental Health & Safety; Capital Projects; Dining Services; Housing; Real Estate; Office for Sustainability; Transportation Services; Global Support Services; Common Spaces; Faculty Club and Harvard Magazine. Campus Services has 1600 employees with an operating budget of $550M and an annual capital budget of $150M.

 Reporting to the Managing Director & CFO, the Director of Campus Services Procurement works in close collaboration with Campus Services business units and University stakeholders to lead contract negotiations, strategic sourcing, supply chain management and other vendor engagement issues.  The Director of Campus Services Procurement is responsible for developing, documenting, and implementing innovative strategies that leverage the University’s buying power and drive cost savings, improve vendor relationships, enhance service levels, and create an efficient procurement process to meet business goals and initiatives. 

 The Director will build strong customer relationships through thoughtful outreach, serving as the primary advocate at all levels of the Campus Services organization for priority purchasing initiatives. The Director manages a procurement and administrative staff of ten in support of the above endeavors.  Non-capital controllable spend is $110M (excluding employment and utility costs) and includes $19M in food purchases.

 A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience, minimum of 10 years’ relevant work experience and supervisory experience are required. An MBA or Master’s degree in relevant field, professional certifications (CPSM/ CPSD) and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, intermediate excel skills, advanced financial operations principles, and federal regulations related to grant spending preferred.

 For a full description of the role, please click here.


Harvard University has engaged Opus Partners to support the recruitment of this position.  Katie Dean, Associate Partner, is leading the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be submitted by email to Katie at  

 Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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