Senior Purchasing Agent/S

East Lansing MI
Aug 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Working/Functional Title

Senior Purchasing Agent/Supervisor

Position Summary

The Senior Purchasing Agent/Supervisor supervises a team of procurement professionals responsible for a broad range of commodities and services. In addition, this position conducts complex procurement and contractual assignments. The Senior Purchasing Agent formulates specifications for unique, multi-faceted, and/or large-scale purchases with a value up to $500,000; processes sealed bids, RFIs, RFQs and RFPs; negotiates, approves, and administers contracts; processes purchase orders with related documentation; and ensures compliance with university policies and procedures along with federal and state requirements and all applicable laws.

There are four procurement teams in the Purchasing Department reporting to the Assistant Director-Procurement. The Senior Purchasing Agent/S has a substantial supervisory role in mentoring a professional team. Team management includes hiring, performance appraisal, and coaching via developmental experiences that enhance team member competencies. The mission is realization of enterprise-wide cost saving opportunities through sourcing analysis and execution of strategic contract opportunities.

The Senior Purchasing Agent reviews and refines existing business procedures to incorporate process improvements and best practices, leads client meetings and presentations, and prepares written communications for executive reporting. Collaboration occurs with other supply chain professionals and department clients to accomplish goals for the department and the university.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Business Administration or a related field with coursework in procurement and Supply Chain Management; five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive supervisory experience, along with work experience in procurement and supply chain management; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

An advanced degree; professional certification (CPM, CPSM, or CPPO); experience in higher education procurement management; metrics; policy and procedure development; demonstrated skills in mentoring professional staff; effective communication and interpersonal skills for relationship-building throughout the University; ability to prepare and present information to a variety of audiences; practical application of negotiation skills; demonstrated ability to achieve individual and team results within designated time frames.

Required Application Materials

Resume and Cover Letter

Work Hours


Bidding eligibility ends on 9/5/2017

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