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  • AVP, Purchasing & Contract Services
    Procurement Services
    University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

    Position Summary
    Business Services at the University at Buffalo is seeking an Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Purchasing and Contract Services.

    The AVP reporting to the Associate Vice President for Business Services and Controller is responsible for the strategic vision, leadership, planning and management of the purchasing functions for the university and oversees the execution of daily work with in Purchasing and Contracts Services, including budget authority over department expenditures, and supervision of staff.

    The AVP is responsible for the development of value-added business processes, optimizing cost savings on purchases, facilitating contract and guiding supplier diversity initiatives.

    This position is expected to develop and implement short and long-term strategies to proactively maximize the use of university resources with a visionary and continuous improvement mindset, including, but not limited to, effective contracting, efficient sourcing and supply management, and detailed spend analytics. The AVP is expected to continually look for ways to streamline and eliminate unnecessary or redundant business processes. The AVP will work to enhance equity and inclusion goals in hiring, business process, and supplier diversity.

    The AVP is responsible for ensuring proper use of university resources and the adequacy of internal controls related to contracting and procurement. The AVP establishes and maintains consistent and compliant contracting policies, procedures and guidelines across the institution and 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 AVP is expected to keep abreast of any changes that affect the university concerning contracting and procurement, and to inform or otherwise provide training to their staff and other stakeholders.

    The AVP also negotiates a wide variety of sensitive and high-level university contracts and partners with General Counsel and senior leadership on university initiatives. On behalf of the university, the position will lead outreach to campus stakeholders, peer agencies, and the regional business community, including MBE entities, and ensure access to university business opportunities.

    To be successful in this role the AVP must demonstrate:

    Leadership and interpersonal skills, including capacity to foster constructive outcomes in a complex environment involving an array of distinct stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
    Experience in the development of policies that direct the conduct of contracting and procurement processes to eliminate bias and barriers for businesses owned by minorities, women, and veterans and emerging small businesses to procure goods and services development.
    Extensive experience and ability, at management level in a strategic, procurement and contract management function.
    Effective change management leadership.
    Ability to identify and predict real potential long-term implications of policy decisions concerning, contracting and procurement.
    Experience fostering inclusive excellence to enable success for people from diverse backgrounds, while looking to diversity as a source of enrichment and strength.
    Listening skills and the ability to interpret the needs of units and departments across campus to ensure their procurement needs are met.
    High ethical standards, mature judgments, and discretion.
    High standards of accuracy and precision and be highly organized.
    Ability to establish credibility and influence across the organization.
    Ability to foster a culture where creative solutions are encouraged, explored and evaluated.
    Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    The ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships across a wide stakeholder group.
    The ability to prioritize workload and proactively manage expectations in relation to agreed deliverables, even when faced with competing priorities.

    Outstanding Benefits Package
    Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit – all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our benefit packages.

    About UB
    The University at Buffalo is SUNY’s most comprehensive public research university, and an outstanding place to work. UB amplifies ambition for faculty and staff by offering endless possibilities to achieve more. Here, people from all backgrounds and cultures challenge and inspire each other to discover, learn and succeed. Dedicated staff and engaged faculty collaborate to further knowledge and understanding, and develop tenacious graduates who are valued for their talents and their impact on global society. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo.

    University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or other related field required.
    Seven years’ experience negotiating contracts and procurements and/or seven years’ experience drafting complex contracts and procurements.
    Five years’ experience managing, directing, and coordinating the workload and work product of others to strategic outcomes.
    A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

    Preferred Qualifications
    Experience in establishing procurement processes that eliminate bias and barriers for businesses owned by minorities, women, and veterans and emerging small businesses to procure goods and services development.
    Experience working with State and Federal Regulations, including public procurements laws.
    Governmental and/or High Education procurement and contracting experience.
    Experience providing training on contracting and procurement regulations and policies to diverse audiences.
    Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM), Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM)< Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) or other industry recognized professional certification in procurement, contracting, or supply chain management.

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