Director of Purchasing

Colgate University
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Nov 8, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Financial Affairs, Development & Advancement, Alumni Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Department Statement
Colgate University, a highly-selective residential liberal arts university with 2,900 students, is a very special place to work. A diverse group of individuals from local and worldwide communities, our staff is critical to preserving the university’s high standards and strong reputation as a leader in higher education. We nurture an inclusive, collaborative culture, where each employee is treated as an important contributor, offer generous benefit packages and encourage staff wellness, learning and advancement. We offer staff opportunities to audit Colgate classes, as well as earn credits towards a Colgate undergraduate degree. Our friendly staff can be found attending lectures, working out together at our state of the art gym facilities, kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing on Lake Moraine, and participating in one of the many daily events that take place on campus and in the Village of Hamilton. Accountabilities
Accountable for development and implementation of sound strategies for all University procurement, vendor negotiations and relationships, purchasing processes and policies as well as surplus property. Responsible to ensure compliance with federal and state procurement requirements. Accountable for vendor negotiation and vendor performance regarding University travel and transportation needs. Responsible for cost efficiency, revenue generation and continuous improvement of University purchasing strategies and vendor performance. Coordinates procurement initiatives with the NY Six. Represents the University in various purchasing related professional groups.

Responsible for the effective supervision of staff as assigned. Ensures selection and hiring of high quality employees; ensures appropriate distribution of work assignments and high quality of employee work product; ensures fair and accurate performance assessments and feedback to include identifying areas for professional development and documenting and conducting disciplinary measures, as needed. Responsible for ensuring fair and accurate decisions regarding employment status (hire, promotion, salary increases, termination ); ensures the creation of effective opportunities and programs for employee mentoring, development and sustained performance. Professional Experience/ Qualifications
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree plus at least 5 years of experience, or a combination of education and work experience from which comparable skills have been obtained is required.

- Knowledge of purchasing information systems and corresponding best practices.
- Experienced at contract review and development.
- Must possess knowledge of major RFP development and execution.
- Proven ability to successfully implement best practices policies and procedures.
- Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to influence others.
- Demonstrated expertise in Microsoft Office Suite and experience using and learning other accounting and financial systems.
- Excellent communication skills; both written and verbal.
- Must be capable of working collegially with a diverse group of faculty, staff and students within a university setting. Preferred Qualifications
- Certifications such as a CPM or CPPO .
- Experience in higher education.
- Knowledge of, and familiarity, with contract negotiation.
- Experienced in supplier management. Education
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required, or a combination of education and work experience from which comparable skills have been obtained. Job Open Date 11/08/2021 Job Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions Summary EEO Statement

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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