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Senior Purchasing Agent

Iowa City, IA

Job Reference #: 72069

Job Information:

The University of Iowa is seeking two Senior Purchasing Agents to fill roles on our Commodity or Strategic Sourcing Teams. These individuals must be proficient in procurement principles, bidding, and contracting for a variety of goods and services. Responsibilities include: Management and monitoring of purchase contracts ensuring compliance with contract terms. Develop, manage, and issue competitive solicitations including Request for Quotes, Request for Proposals and Requests for Qualifications for major and complex acquisitions as needed capturing the unique needs of users across campus and of other agencies. Participate in and lead implementation of new contract programs, resolve contract performance and payment issues, and maintain related purchase orders, contracts, catalog items and numerous strategic sourcing opportunities. Negotiations of on-going complex contracts. Exercise considerable knowledge of contract administration. Research market conditions and determine trends. Research and analyze commodities and services to maximize cost savings. Evaluate and recommend appropriate methods for procuring requested goods and services. Effectively use analytical tools. Participate on teams to implement new processes and system. May provide functional and/or administrative supervision of staff. Ensure compliance with Federal and State Laws, Regents and University policies and procedures and the University's Strategic plan, plus departmental and divisional mission statements.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • Three to five years experience in procurement processes is required.
  • Must be proficient in computer software applications.
  • Good organizational and analytical/statistical skills are required.
  • Strong customer service skills are required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required. A writing sample will be required at time of interview.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office, such as Excel and Word, are required. Excel work sample will be given pre-interview or at the time of interview. 
Desirable Qualifications
  • Knowledge of strategic sourcing and automated purchasing system is desirable.
  • Experience with purchasing of numerous strategic sourcing items and services is desirable.
  • Some experience with MS Access is desirable.
  • Knowledge of University business policies and procedures are desirable.
  • Familiarity with PeopleSoft/Oracle purchasing and contract module is desirable.
  • Master of Business Administration is desirable.
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The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Posted 01/08/18

Job ID: 33762867