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Assistant Director - Procurement | Ast Dir of Univ Services-Procurement

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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 675046
Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 17
Major Administrative Unit / College: Finance
Department: Purchasing 10074704
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Professional Supervisory- APSA, Administrative/Business/Professional, Financial/Accounting, Union

Working/Functional Title

Assistant Director - Procurement

Position Summary

Michigan State University (MSU) is one of the nation’s leading land-grant institutions with a reputation for excellent and affordable education. University Services provides supply chain management for MSU through the departments of Purchasing, University Stores and Logistics, Mail Services, and Capital Asset Management, including Accounts Payable and Analytics. The Assistant Director of University Services-Procurement reports to the Director of University Services and has associated responsibility for all University Services functional areas. The Assistant Director primarily manages the Purchasing Department, which provides the central procurement function for MSU. The department has a staff of 20 employees and an approximate annual spend of $350 million for scientific, health, maintenance/repair, office products, information technology, custodial, research, agricultural commodities, and vehicles.

The Assistant Director is responsible for strategy, financial oversight, compliance, performance management, and technical innovation for procurement. Business strategies are implemented in partnership with the professional supervisory team, defining goals and objectives, and guiding change processes. The Assistant Director oversees compliance with procurement-related federal, state, international, and university policies and regulations. The Assistant Director guides professional staff in managing complex bidding and negotiating strategies, establishes and monitors the department budget, prepares reports and metrics for executive management, identifies best practices and leads organizational change initiatives, defines goals and objectives for the department, and promotes professional development.

The Assistant Director mediates solutions to complex business needs in the university community, communicating with tact and discretion, and in accordance with university policies. Frequent interaction occurs with the academic scientific research community to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. The Assistant Director is a resource to logistics professionals for strategic procurement issues. The position requires effective integration of day-to-day results-driven procurement production with future-oriented system and process innovation.

The Assistant Director is a manager of managers and as such models excellent relationships with staff, suppliers, contractors, the campus community, and professional associates at other organizations and institutions. This leadership role fosters an environment that supports diversity, inclusion, initiative, innovation, service excellence, and sustainability.

Additional duties include serving as a resource to Logistics operations and contributing to unit-wide and institutional goals, initiatives, and strategic imperatives.         

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

A bachelor's degree with course work in supply chain management, procurement, materials management, personnel and labor relations, business law, accounting, information systems and/or industrial engineering; eight or more years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in procurement management; knowledge and practical experience with procurement policies, procedures, practices, productivity tools, and risk management; experience in establishing and managing a departmental operating budget; supervisory experience with demonstrated success in leadership, planning, change management, collaboration, and decision-making in a large complex organization with similar or greater spend footprint; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

A broad background in related supply chain management functions such as demand forecasting, supply chain risk assessment, price /volume curve setting and contract structure as well as procure to pay processes, including logistics and payables. The preferred candidate will possess superior interpersonal skills for managing change in a complex regulatory environment. Integrity and sound judgment in decision-making are priorities for success in this position. This individual must be an effective leader of both people and process in change management. Desired qualifications include comprehensive knowledge procurement processes, federal procurement, spend analytics, and legal/policy considerations for procurement. It is expected this individual will have career experience managing teams and projects. Master of Business Administration, Juris Doctorate or Master of Supply Chain degree is preferred.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Resume and Cover Letter

Work Hours


Bidding and Eligibility Ends on 10/6/2020 at 11:55 PM

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Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

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