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The Senior Procurement Specialist II is a key member of the Procurement team who is responsible for providing a professional business function including, but not limited to: leading, planning and facilitating the procurement process; vendor relationship development; project management; program development and continuous monitoring of supplier performance to meet requirements while maximizing cost containment; and ensuring compliance of contract terms and conditions.
The Senior Procurement Specialist II is responsible for specifying, sourcing, bidding, analyzing, negotiating contracts and ultimately procuring goods and services for the university. With a customer service-focused approach, the Senior Procurement Specialist II develops and maintains on-going relationships with strategic internal constituents; planning and managing bid processes and contracts, providing applicable training, assisting with capital and operational budget estimates, and assisting in the implementation and compliance of campus procurement policy. The Senior Procurement Specialist II will develop and maintain an awareness of changing commodity/service related business trends in the marketplace and the possible impact to the university.
Bachelor’s degree in a business-related discipline, supervisory experience and CPM/CPSM desirable, 7-10 years of broad purchasing experience in higher education, business or industry required.
Very strong administrative, analytical, negotiating, listening and communication skills, positive leadership qualities and strong computer literacy required. Strong understanding of procurement and business procedures and best practices. Experience with and knowledge of Banner by Ellucian system preferred or experience with other work-flow or ERP systems.
Extensive experience performing research and preparing specifications based on customers’ needs assessment, writing specifications and RFP documents, sourcing, managing formal bid processes, creating and presenting comprehensive analysis of proposals, negotiating procurement details, pricing and delivery terms; recommending appropriate and cost effective alternatives, maintaining knowledge of new products and services.
Demonstrated ability to analyze and dissect information in a clear, concise, and expedient manner within a fast paced, changing work environment.
Experience in benchmarking total cost and developing strategic reporting for management. Capable of creating databases and preparing reporting related to departmental budgets and other statistical and financial reporting.
Comprehension of E-Procurement tools and the ability to incorporate them into sourcing strategies and contract terms. Demonstrated ability to identify and engage contracts which can be incorporated from higher educational consortia and group buying organizations. Ability to organize time while prioritizing various responsibilities.
A proven ability to communicate effectively with internal customers and outside vendors in a professional manner both written and verbally. Must hold and maintain a valid, unrestricted US driver’s license, with an insurable driving history as determined by Bentley’s insurance carrier.
Construction, alterations and Facilities Management Services, Information Technology- related purchasing experience is highly desirable. Strong problem solving and decision-making skills.
Bentley University requires reference checks and may conduct other pre-employment screening.
Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity.
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