The Office of the Vice President for Finance and Deputy Treasurer is responsible for all aspects of University finances, including treasury services, accounting, taxation, financial planning and reporting, financial performance, risk management, financial controls, procurement services and financial information systems, and cashiering functions. The Associate Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer is responsible for leading and managing Strategic Procurement Services, Accounts Payables, UD Credit Card program, and related technology systems. Strategic Procurement Services provides sustained enterprise-wide leadership and the operational services and supports to ensure the University of Delaware and its employees can obtain the best value in efficiently procuring the goods and services needed to fulfill the UD institutional mission.
The AVP and Chief Procurement Officer works with key stakeholders to develop, maintain, revise and communicate Strategic Procurement Services’ overall policies, mission, vision, guiding principles, plans, strategies, practices and tools and to ensure alignment with the needs and mission of the University. She / He must establish and maintain strong senior leadership level relationships across the University to communicate and obtain support of Strategic Procurement initiatives which provide value, increase efficiency and reduce costs. The AVP and Chief Procurement Officer develops plans and measures performance to ensure that customer service, procurement value, and cost savings goals are met or exceeded.
Success in this position involves a strong understanding and appreciation of:
Strategic Procurement as an enterprise wide service.
High quality customer service.
The University’s education, research and service mission.
Applicable legal and other regulatory or quasi-regulatory procurement requirements, including those which establish open a competitive procurement process as the standard method of the University of Delaware.
Strong understanding and ability to manage contracting process, reviews, and language with agreements related to Goods & Services.
The AVP and Chief Procurement Officer directly supervises the Purchasing Manager, and Accounts Payable Manager, and is responsible through these positions and additional indirect reports for the smooth daily functioning and long-term success of Strategic Procurement Services.
Develop and champion the Strategic Procurement Department’s vision, mission, and guiding principles to plan for and achieve targeted outcomes for customer service, process efficiencies and cost reductions.
Design, establish, and maintain an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish Procurement Services’ goals and objectives; recruits, employs, trains, supervises, and evaluates unit staff.
Manage collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including the Procurement Advisory Committee & Council, to communicate, solicit feedback, and obtain support of the Strategic Procurement process.
Maintain Strategic Procurement fiscal policy and budget. Maintain cost effective procurement procedures. Define, plan and implement Strategic Procurement projects and initiatives on time and within budget.
Act as negotiator between the university and vendors/suppliers on procurement contracts; keep informed of all new developments relative to available resources; make recommendations designed to reduce costs, update systems, and provide environmentally approved materials and services.
Administer, monitor and improve UD’s procurement card system.
Create and review major procurement contracts; coordinate contract compliance, change orders, and problem resolution in conformance with contract law; consult with legal counsel as required.
Direct and oversee the University's Accounts Payable activity, ensuring operational compliance with relevant University, state, and federal policies and regulations.
Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree, MBA or job-related graduate degree preferred; and eight years of experience in a large, complex procurement environment (such as a university, hospital, corporation, government or military organization), or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Strong knowledge of and experience with automated eProcurement, Travel & Expense, and Accounts Payable systems such as Jaggaer/SciQuest, Concur and PeopleSoft.
Ability to prepare bids, requests for quotes, and proposals consistent with University business policies.
Experience in and knowledge of contracting process and associated local, state, federal, and other regulations.
Knowledge of contract law and the ability to assess contract compliance.
Knowledge of accounts payable principles, disbursement technologies, procedures, and standards.
Ability to positively motivate, effectively supervise and train employees; skill in developing, teaching and mentoring subordinate employees.
Effective interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
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The University of Delaware has a great tradition of excellence, from our roots extending back to a small private academy started in 1743, to the research-intensive, technologically advanced institution of today. Our alumni tell our story of achievement, from our first class, which included three signers of the Declaration of Independence and one signer of the U.S. Constitution, to the more than 154,000 living Blue Hens who are making vital contributions to the world. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his wife, Jill, are both UD alumni. The University received its charter from the State of Delaware in 1833 and was designated one of the nation’s historic Land Grant colleges in 1867. Today, UD is a Land Grant, Sea Grant and Space Grant institution. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a research university with very high research activity—a designation accorded less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. UD ranks among the nation’s top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering. A state-assisted, privately governed institution, UD offers a broad range of degree programs: 3 associate programs, 147 bachelor’s p...rograms, 119 master's programs, 54 doctoral programs, and 15 dual graduate programs through our seven colleges and in collaboration with more than 70 research centers. Our student body encompasses more than 17,000 undergraduates, more than 3,600 graduate students and nearly 800 students in professional and continuing studies from across the country and around the globe. Our distinguished faculty includes internationally known authors, scientists and artists, among them a Nobel laureate, Guggenheim and Fulbright fellows, and members of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. State-of-the-art facilities support UD's academic and public service activities. Our 146-foot coastal research vessel, Hugh R. Sharp—the most advanced in the U.S.—helps scientists across the region explore the sea. World-class figure skaters train at our High Performance Figure Skating Center. Partnerships with Nemours/A. I. du Pont Hospital for Children, Christiana Care and Thomas Jefferson University; the U.S. Army; Winterthur; Longwood Gardens and Hagley Museum offer unparalleled experiences in health sciences, defense research, art conservation, horticulture and history. The University is now transforming a 272-acre parcel, the site of a former auto assembly plant, into the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus. Distinguished speaker series, symposia, 21 intercollegiate athletics programs and numerous intramural and club sports, more than 300 student organizations, concerts, exhibits and other arts and cultural activities enrich campus life.Thomas Jefferson once described Delaware as a "jewel" among states due to its strategic location on the East Coast, halfway between Washington, D.C., and New York City. Today, however, the location of Delaware's flagship university increasingly is invoked as "halfway between Los Angeles and London."In addition to our Georgian-inspired main campus in Newark, Del., UD has locations across the state--in Wilmington, Dover, Georgetown and Lewes. A thriving study-abroad program and expanding international partnerships further enhance our students' education as global citizens. We invite you to visit our campus or take our virtual tour today! http://video.realviewtv.com/education/udel/