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Chief Procurement Officer

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

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Position Information: Description

Reporting to the Associate VP for Finance, the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) will manage the end-to-end procurement process, including all procurement activities as well as   accounts payable and its P-Card, V-Card and SUA Programs. The leader will be an important change agent at the University. UND is undergoing a transformational process of building a best-in-class procurement organization.

The CPO will manage a total spend of over $200 million and a total team size of about fourteen people.  The leader will be expected to develop a strategic roadmap for transformational change and build out a customer- centric procurement organization across the University. The goal is to maximize internal customer satisfaction, deliver total value, and achieve synergistic savings.

The leader will be expected to build out a category-led strategic sourcing function and an infrastructure that includes strategic sourcing, spend analytics, e-Procurement contracting, procure-to-pay process and supplier relationship management (SRM). 

This change agent will become a trusted advisor to the senior leadership team and internal customers on all matters related to procurement and payables.  The leader must have superb skills in terms of engaging both internal stakeholders and external stakeholders.  He/she needs to be a polished representative and spokesperson when interfacing with the public in any matters related to UND.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develop a strategic roadmap for the transformation of end-to-end procurement.
  • Identify bottlenecks and gaps on the process side of procurement and streamline the contracting and procurement process.
  • Develop procurement metrics and other KPIs to measure performance of the procurement function.
  • Build out a category-led strategic sourcing organization with extensive category expertise/knowledge across the organization.Develop a comprehensive e-Procurement function with extensive catalogs.Optimize the full suite of Jaggaer modules including spend analytics, contract life cycle, e-Procurement and procure-to-pay.  Create a robust vendor management function with a university-wide database on vendor performance.Manage all aspects of procurement contract compliance with state and federal regulations.Create and utilize key performance indicators (KPIs) for the end-to-end procurement function, including accounts payable.Initiate a timetable for RFPs, RFQs, and RFIs across all categories of spend and aggregate spend across the University.Create an organizational infrastructure and develop the team to meet the needs of procurement transformation. Build strong relationships with internal customers.   Develop on-going customer and vendor surveys to measure customer satisfaction.  Create realistic targets for savings and means of validating all savings with stakeholders.Manage the procurement, accounts payable and Systems and Analytics teams.Create policies and procedures for the procurement of all goods and services at the University.Create university template agreements and standardized terms and conditions for vendors. Work collaboratively with the office of the General Counsel to create these templates.Increase the use of electronic invoicing and electronic payment.Build Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) to ensure strategic relationships with suppliers for future capabilities.Become a valued advisor to the senior leadership and to all stakeholders across the University.Interface with internal customers on contracting/procurement for sponsored research.  Ensure compliance with FAR and UGG regulations and procurement regulations on all spend for sponsored research.Mentor, train and develop a strong team to meet the operational and strategic needs of the University and help UND create a landscape which fosters increased sponsored research.Effectively work and communicate with stakeholders across the university at all levels of the organization.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.  An advanced degree of MBA or JD is highly preferred. Additional professional certifications in procurement (e.g., CPM, CPSM, CPPO or equivalent) are preferred.
  • 10+ years of Procurement Experience with increasing levels of responsibility required; 10 years of progressive experience leading teams in indirect procurement and managing a spend of more than $100 million is preferred
  • Ability to identify and leverage people, process, and technology to achieve a transformation across procurement and accounts payable at UND.
  • Extensive experience as a process owner of procure-to-pay.  Knowledge of PeopleSoft and Jaggaer would be a plus.
  • Knowledge of FAR and UGG and integration of procurement with grants for sponsored research is preferred.
  • Experience in aggregating spend in a complex and highly decentralized culture.
  • Diverse category knowledge across an array of spend categories.
  • Deep knowledge of end-to-end procurement including P2P and accounts payable.  This includes the process side of procurement, spend analytics, e-Procurement, Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), compliance and contracting.
  • Track record of having built out a category-led strategic sourcing function
  • Skillful in developing and measuring procurement metrics and KPIs.
  • Dynamic and articulate leader with the ability to inspire and motivate both the procurement/AP team and others across the University.
  • Experience working in state or federal government or other highly regulated industry a plus.
  • A quantitative approach to decision making.
  • Executive presence.
  • Superb verbal and written communication skills.
  • Long track record as a successful change agent. Track record of leading significant transformations. 
  • Stellar skills in stakeholder engagement.
  • Well established ethics, sense of mission and personal integrity.
  • Membership and/or Leadership role in professional organizations such as NAEP highly preferred.
  • Regular presence on campus will be necessary. 
To Apply

The University of North Dakota has engaged a national procurement search firm, Lutzer Global Inc., to manage the search process. 

All applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to the search firm:  Steven Lutzer c/o Lutzer Global Inc.  Email:  [email protected]

Additional Information

All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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