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Under general direction, develops, negotiates, and maintains University purchasing department contracts for products and services; prepares final contract information; solicits and analyzes incoming product proposals; services assigned customers; interacts with departments to improve processes; measures contract effectiveness; compiles statistical reports.
Knowledge of products and services required in a higher ed setting. Ability to intepret and adhere to purchasing policies and practices
Knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Office Suite, and in particular Excel
Knowledge of contractual terminology
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Strong negotiation skills
Customer service skills
Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality
Strong Presentation Skills
Bachelor’s degree; supplemented with minimum of four (4) years of related experience in purchasing, customer service, accounting, or sales. SCT Banner operating system experience preferred.
Develops and maintains relationships with vendors and internal customers for assigned products and services; investigates and identifies new product areas; meets with suppliers and customers; prepares final contract information for publication and distribution, with purchase order and contract sign-off authority.
Negotiates with suppliers for major commodity-based products and services to obtain agreeable price, delivery schedule, and payment terms and discounts; sources a wide array of products and services for departments.
Develops request for proposal, requests for information for depts. (RFP). Solicits and analyzes incoming proposals for assigned products and services; monitors and analyzes competitiveness of data with comparable market data.
Services assigned customers by telephone and in person; communicates contract initiatives and existing contract values; ; educates departments to improve processes and ensure more effective purchasing practices.
Develops methods to measure the effectiveness of assigned contracts according to appropriate actions; compiles statistical reports; ensures University compliance with grant guidelines and information to support initiatives and activities; supports purchasing staff in problem resolution.
Performs other duties as assigned.
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