Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager for Research & Life Sciences

Job description

Job location: 3401 Walnut Street

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-08-20
Req: JR00004373
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager for Research & Life Sciences

Job Profile Title

Procurement Specialist Senior

Job Description Summary

The Business Services Division (BSD) supports the individual and collective needs of the Penn community by promoting a hospitable, customer-friendly campus environment through the provision of mission-critical services and essential operations. BSD’s mission is to provide high-quality service in a fiscally responsible manner. The Division is currently focused on three major initiatives: Revenue growth/retention through improved marketing efforts, extended services, and development of new distribution channels; driving productivity for the Division and its customers through the better use of technology, and enhancing service offerings through upgrades and expansions of facilities.

Purchasing Services provides efficient and effective buying methods, purchasing policies and procedures, and customer support for Penn faculty and staff. Purchasing Services also manages the University's economic inclusion program and Green Purchasing initiatives, and establishes strategic supplier relationships to provide lowest "total cost" products and services to the Penn community. https://

Job Description

The Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager for Research & Life Sciences provides strategic procurement oversight of the University’s research related supplies, equipment, and services, while supporting additional spend categories as needed. Specifically, the Manager directs centrally-led strategic sourcing initiatives; develops, negotiates and executes category-related contracts; leads strategic supplier relationship management (SSRM) activities; and provides category-related customer support to the Penn research community and other internal stakeholders. Reporting to the Director of Strategic Sourcing & Sustainability within the Purchasing Services department, the Manager operates in accordance with departmental priorities, delivering impact in the areas of cost containment, risk mitigation/safety, regulatory compliance, economic inclusion, environmental sustainability, and innovation. The Manager will engage extensively with Penn’s researchers/managers/administrators, suppliers, and external collaborators including peer institutions and community business partners.


A Bachelor's Degree and CPM certification is required plus at least 5 - 7 years of demonstrated experience negotiating, evaluating and providing strategic procurement services for a diverse client group, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. Substantial experience negotiating and critically evaluating legal contracts which evidence value generation for stakeholders. Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and enhance preferred supplier programs. Demonstrated procurement experience in research procurement required plus experience working in one or more of the following commodity areas highly favored: athletics, facilities and construction, energy, printing and reprographics, travel, finance, or professional services procurement. A minimum of five to seven years of experience with ERP systems (Oracle preferred) and eSourcing technologies; Microsoft Office, data management tools and reporting. Ability to lead cross functional sourcing and project teams to ensure timely supply of products and services, while meeting cost containment objectives. Excellent communication, analytical, relationship-building and presentation skills. Knowledge of and support for environmentally preferred purchasing strategy; LEED or similar certification highly regarded. Demonstrated ability to develop a diverse supplier base and support economic inclusion goals.  Familiarity with higher education sector highly regarded. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of stakeholders to identify current and future procure-to-pay objectives that require the support of and contribution from the supply chain organization.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Business Services

Pay Range

$59,703.00 - $113,435.00

Affirmative Action Statement 
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.




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Posted: 8/22/2019
Application Due: 11/20/2019
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