The IT Procurement Manager manages a team of Buyers responsible for purchasing information technology, including software, hardware, SaaS, services and related commodities.
The IT Procurement Manager reports to the Assistant Director of Procurement and uses extensive knowledge and expertise to execute or negotiate complex, large dollar purchases that support multiple operations. The procurement assignments frequently contain sensitive, critical, or enterprise-wide components with broad impact.
The Senior Purchasing Agent /Supervisor (IT Procurement Manager) leads a team which employs advanced analytics to evaluate spend and activity data and determine sourcing strategies. The individual in this role helps the team to formulate specifications for complex and unique items; develop and reviews enterprise level RFPs; conduct public bid openings, evaluate proposals, prepare bid analyses; and negotiate large dollar orders. The Senior Purchasing Agent develops and maintains awareness of changing commodity-related business trends in the market and their impact to the university and serves as a professional resource to campus Stakeholders and Purchasing Department staff.
The Senior Purchasing Agent/Supervisor assesses current and future suppliers’ capacity, capability and overall supplier health, evaluating for compliance and risk, utilizing performance measurement tools and decision modeling practices. The individual in this position will have a lead role in establishing supplier health measures in the IT space. This position develops and manages supplier relationships that ensure contract compliance. Partnership with MSU IT Security, General Counsel and Risk Management offices occurs as a component of supplier assessment and when negotiating supplier contracts and agreements. Periodic business reviews ensure that both technical needs and regulatory requirements are met.
Communication, collaboration, and interaction are frequent with management, key stakeholders, and current/potential suppliers. The Senior Purchasing Agent /Supervisor leads task forces or project teams formed to accomplish unique or high-impact purchases. This function involves high levels of collaboration and skilled facilitation for project management and decision-making. The Senior Purchasing Agent/Supervisor builds effective relationships to meet the objectives of both the Purchasing Department and campus customers. This position actively promotes the Purchasing Department diversity/inclusion and sustainability programs.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Business Administration with relevant coursework in marketing, business law, finance, public relations and computer science; five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in sales, purchasing/buying and accounting; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
The successful candidate will have knowledge equivalent to that which would be acquired by completing a four-year university degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Business, Supply Chain Management or a related field; five years of IT and/or purchasing (preferably IT), IT Procurement, including Cloud Software Procurement, and three years of recent supervisory experience; demonstrate results in sensitive, high-dollar procurement negotiations and/or contract management, along with the use of ethical and regulatory-based decision-making skills; effective interpersonal skills to facilitate and resolve situations with differing objectives; experience leading project teams; ability to design and apply data analytics to purchasing decisions; and breadth in supply chain knowledge of logistics, compliance/risk management, and import/export regulations. An advanced degree in supply chain management, business, or law is desirable.
Required Application Materials
Resume and cover letter
Bidding eligibility ends on 2/4/2020 at 11:55 PM
Internal Number: 634918
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