Director of Purchasing

Job Details

Director of Purchasing

Job ID: 233382
Location: Columbus State University
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Summary
Columbus State University has an opening for a Director of Purchasing. This position will provide professional leadership, direction, planning, management, and supervision of procurement and business activities and operations while assuring maximum cost effectiveness, quality, and value.

Significant responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Working with the Office of the Vice President of Business and Finance (VPBF) to align efforts and provide high-quality procurement services to University strategic sourcing initiatives.
  • Participating in the development and implementation of strategic plans, budget, departmental goals, objectives, and systems as it relates to the procurement function.
  • In conjunction with the VPBF Office, identify best practice Government Procurement programs and initiatives to enable University missions and secure effective purchasing outcomes, and develops plans to implement such programs/services.
  • Leading and providing accurate, timely, and transparent analyses on purchasing efforts and outcomes across the portfolio to identify strategic opportunities, and inform purchasing decisions and processes Service Delivery.
  • Ensuring that Procurement services delivery meets expected standards; implements changes and improvements.
  • Working with Faculty and Staff to ensure effective and collaborative working relationships across each college and department.
  • Developing and implementing clear communications within the Department and with internal and external stakeholders to support efficient processes and procedures.
  • Providing dispute resolution review, recommendations, and determinations.
  • Providing procurement training to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Overseeing vendor relations.
  • Provides technical guidance, recommendations, and oversight for contract administration of all contracts that involve University spend.
  • Provides strategic support to University Administration, Faculty, Staff, and Students while developing and implementing procurement policy and program recommendations.
  • Oversees procurement function to ensure that the purchases and contracts are audited, dispatched, and completed in the most efficient and effective manner possible, in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies, including Federal, State of Georgia, and local governing bodies.
  • Solicits high dollar, highly complex technical or critical procurements through RFPs, RFQs, RFQCs, RFIs and/or Sole Sourcing/Branding.
  • Oversees the specification and scope of work development process to ensure appropriate competition.
  • Assists the VPBF Office with delegated authority for purchase orders, contracts, sole source procurements and emergency procurements.
  • Interprets and implements statutory, policy and procedural requirements as they pertain to purchasing and contractual issues and contract administration.
  • Reviews, approves, or denies sole source and emergency procurements within delegated authority.
  • Provides daily management and oversight for the procurement and contracting processes.
  • Administers and implements all updates with University's P-Card Program.
  • Supervises a team of four (4) full and part-time employees.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a minimum of four years of public purchasing experience. The successful candidate must have a Georgia Certified Purchasing Associate Certification (G.P.C.A.) or the ability to obtain the certification within one year of employment. Previous experience leading a team of professionals is also required.

Proposed Salary
The annualized salary range for this position is $58,468 - $65,776 and includes full benefits.

Required Documents to Attach
  • Cover Letter/ Letter of Application
  • Resume

Contact Information
If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Office at 706-507-8920 or e-mail to [email protected].

Conditions of Employment
Successful completion of a criminal background investigation and legal authorization to work in the US prior to employment is required.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Columbus State University is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. It is the policy of Columbus State University to recruit, hire, train, promote, and educate persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Special Applicant Instructions
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. All applications and required documents must be submitted using Columbus State University's online employment site and a complete packet must be submitted for full consideration.

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Founded in 1958, Columbus State University, with an enrollment of over 8,000, is part of the University System of Georgia. CSU offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and is ranked among the top public regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report. It maintains two campuses: its original campus on 150 acres in midtown Columbus, and its RiverPark campus, nestled in the city’s historic downtown overlooking the Chattahoochee River. Columbus, Georgia, located 100 miles southwest of Atlanta and the second-largest city in Georgia, is recognized as a vibrant and contemporary cultural community, which is an asset to the university’s recruitment and retention success. With an annual economic impact exceeding $247 million, CSU is a top-10 employer in a community of 350,000 residents that is also home to world-class enterprises such as Aflac, Synovus, W.C. Bradley Company, TSYS and Ft. Benning, the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters. Learn more about the area and its diverse business, recreational and social amenities at

The university’s 14 men’s and women’s NCAA Division II sports teams compete in the Peach Belt Conference, which adds to CSU’s vibrant campus life experience. The university serves the greater Columbus region through its abundant art, music and theatre offerings, as well as its nationally recognized outreach programs that span topics ranging from art and science appreciation to leadership development.

Guiding the university is its current seven-year strategic plan ( and the core values that undergird it and all that Columbus State is. CSU’s commitment to fostering greater inclusion and diversity, found among its core values, includes a focus on attaining “a level of diversity among faculty and staff that more closely reflects the student population.” This commitment is woven through the university’s student and employee recruitment, retention and mentoring programs.
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