Director of Purchasing

Lawrenceville, GA
Aug 15, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Statement:

Founded in 2005, Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) is the 31st member of the University System of Georgia. GGC is a premier 21st century liberal arts institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. With a current enrollment of over 12,000 students, enrollment is projected to exceed 13,000 students in 2017, including both residential and commuter students. GGC’s innovative practices, caring culture, and extremely affordable tuition are changing the game in higher education and changing the future for students at all levels, of all ages, and from all walks of life. Gwinnett County (pop. 850,000+) is home to a variety of businesses, including organizations involved in health care, education and information technology.

Position Title:
Director of Purchasing

Job Category:

Purchasing - 7010330

Business & Finance

Required Documents:
Cover Letter, Resume

The Director of Purchasing ensures all activities related to the procurement of goods and services are performed in strict accord with all Federal, State, Board of Regents, and GGC policies, rules, regulations and sound business practices. The position plans and directs the work of the Purchasing Department employees in an effort to meet the College's goals and initiatives.


  • Serves as the focal point of contact for all purchasing-related activities, including providing advice and recommendations on contract development, purchasing policies, procedures and administrative issues
  • Ensures all purchasing-related activities are consistent with the Board of Regents, College, State and/or Federal law, rules, regulations, and sound business practices
  • Assists in the development and implementation of short and long term plans and procedures to enhance the level of service provided to customers
  • Serves as the departmental representative and issuing officer in coordinating bids, awards of contracts, and open market purchases processed on behalf of the College
  • Maintains supervisory responsibility for the Purchasing department. Ensures departmental personnel are continually providing the best available service to customers. Ensures departmental adherence to the Business & Finance Division and College's mission, vision, goals and objectives. Ensures workloads are evenly distributed to staff. Ensures projects are processed in a timely manner. Provides guidance and clarification to staff when required. Recommends training, professional growth and development opportunities to staff
  • Conducts vendor interviews and inspections for development of alternate sources of supply. Conducts prebid, bid openings, pre-award and post-award conferences
  • Reviews and revises current operating policies and procedures to ensure they are continuously updated to comply with revisions mandated by the State of Georgia or other regulatory agencies
  • Manages asset management and surplus property
  • Files insurance claims on behalf of the College
  • Performs other duties as assigned?

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with education and experience with excellent benefits

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications:



  • Bachelor's degree
  • Demonstrated work experience in supervising and directing the work of others
  • Demonstrated proficiency with the purchasing module of Oracle (PeopleSoft), Microsoft Office Suite, and database programs
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state and local compliance rules and regulations
  • Demonstrated knowledge of accounting principles
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Board of Regents' and Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) policies and procedures


  • Advanced degree in finance or accounting
  • Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO)
  • Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council


  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stressful situations?

Position Disclosure:

Due to the volume of applications, applicants may not receive a reply from the College unless an applicant is selected for an interview. Review of applications will continue until positions are filled. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and proof of eligibility will be contemporaneously required upon acceptance of an employment offer. Any resulting employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation and credit check if applicable to the position, as determined by Georgia Gwinnett College in its sole discretion. Georgia Gwinnett College, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or religion. Georgia is an open records state.


Position may require local travel. Position requires individual to maintain a purchasing card, therefore successful completion of a credit report is a condition of employment. Ability to lift and carry files and materials. Ability to move from one office to another office on campus. Adequate vision, hearing and manual dexterity to interact with people in person, on the phone and in writing. Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations.

Work Hours:
Position may require non-standard work hours (nights and weekends).

Position Status:



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