Department:Purchasing and Contracting Services Appointment Type and Duration:Regular, Ongoing Salary:$120,000-$140,000 per year Compensation Band:OS-OA12-Fiscal Year 2018-2019 FTE:1.0
Application Review Begins Monday, September 17, 2018; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants In addition to your online application, please include: 1) A cover letter that clearly articulates how your knowledge and experience meets the minimum and preferred qualifications for this position 2) A current resume or CV 3) Three professional references
Department Summary The Chief Procurement Officer reports directly to the Vice President and General Counsel (VPGC), who reports directly to the President. Purchasing and Contracting Services (PCS), a department within the VPGC’s management portfolio, serves as the central coordination point for conducting procurement activity, negotiating contracts, and making purchases on behalf of the University of Oregon. As such, the Chief Procurement Officer is the primary contracting and procurement officer for the University of Oregon.
PCS is a fast-paced, high volume workplace that places a premium on the ability to: (1) find ways to reduce enterprise costs and/or improve enterprise operational effectiveness related to procurement and contracting; (2) avoid or solve problems by developing practical solutions informed by best practices, strategic planning, legal advice, and policy objectives, as well as political, public relations, and programmatic considerations; (3) manage university projects that have enterprise contracting and procurement components; and (4) educate campus stakeholders and conduct outreach to the business community, including Disadvantaged Business Entities (DBEs).
Position Summary The Chief Procurement Officer is primarily responsible for leading and managing the procurement function institution-wide with a focus on refinement and evolution of procurement initiatives. This position will lead, develop, and implement short and long-term strategies. These strategies include, but are not limited to, a focus on sourcing, effective contracting, and spend analytics. The Chief Procurement Officer will also oversee the execution of daily functions of the procurement office including employee supervision, budgetary responsibility, operations and strategic initiatives across the procurement function. This position will also establish, ensure, and maintain consistent and compliant contracting policies across the institution and will lead outreach to campus stakeholders, peer agencies, and the regional business community, including DBEs. The Chief Procurement Officer also negotiates a wide variety of transactions, including drafting contracts and solicitation documents to effectuate them. This position oversees, reviews, and manages similar work done by others.
The Chief Procurement Officer must be comfortable exercising a broad authority in a highly regulated environment with prescriptive procurement and contracting policies and rules with advice and assistance from the Office of the General Counsel. The Chief Procurement Officer is responsible for ensuring proper use of university resources, the adequacy of internal purchasing and contracting controls, and establishing and teaching sound business practices and judgment. The Chief Procurement Officer must have an understanding of public university finance and budgeting, as well as a thorough understanding of policy, practice, administrative rules, and applicable state and federal law.
The Chief Procurement Officer will also perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Requirements • Bachelor’s degree. • Seven years of experience in contract negotiation and/or creation.
Professional Competencies • Demonstrated analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills. • Superb professional judgment. • High ethical standards. • Demonstrated management and leadership style that reflects modern practices. • A commitment to diversity and the ability to work with divergent personalities.
Preferred Qualifications • Experience working in higher education, a large government agency, or regulated industries. • Experience negotiating and creating complex contracts, including real estate transactions. • Experience managing complex procurement activities. • Experience working with Oregon state law and federal regulations, including public procurement law. • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school, or similar graduate degree.
All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.
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