Chief Procurement Officer

Friday, March 5, 2021 - 00:00
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Omaha, NE

Assistant Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions you should review before applying for the opening. To apply for the position, please click the Apply for this Job link/button. If you would like to bookmark this position for later review, click on the Bookmark link. To email this position to a friend, click on the Email to a Friend link. If you would like to print a copy of this position for your records, click on the Print Preview link. Please see Special Instructions for more details. Follow instructions to complete the Applicant Profile. Along with your application, attach a resume, cover letter highlighting your experience and interest in the position, and three professional references with contact information. Direct questions about the position to:

Direct questions about the on-line application process to: (402) 472- 3701. Working Title Assistant Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer Position Number 203 Job Description Summary The University of Nebraska seeks an innovative, collaborative leader to serve as its Assistant Vice President ( AVP ) and Chief Procurement Officer ( CPO ). This is a significant leadership opportunity for an experienced professional to formulate strategy and direct a Procure-to-Pay (P2P) organization. The position reports to the University's Vice President for Business and Finance/ CFO

To become more efficient and effective, the University is transforming from a decentralized procurement model to a Center-led P2P model for the four campuses

Lincoln ( UNL ), Omaha ( UNO ), Kearney ( UNK ), Medical Center ( UNMC ) - and the system office, which is known officially as Central Administration ( UNCA ). The AVP

CPO will have direct responsibility for University-wide procurement strategy and category management; contract administration; procurement operations; supplier management; and a unified payments area composed of accounts payable, travel and Pcard programs. Operationally, the P2P organization will be comprised of approximately 50 full time equivalent staff. Qualifications, Attributes And Competencies Required qualifications include a bachelor's degree that provides the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities, and at least 8 years of progressively responsible experience in relevant procurement and/or finance related duties. Preferred qualifications include a master's degree and demonstrated business acumen and supply chain experience with higher education, government, research, or healthcare institutions. Relevant knowledge and understanding of educational/governmental procurement regulations; professional certifications such as CPP , CPM , CPSM , CPPM , CPA ; and managerial experience overseeing operations at multiple locations and remotely is also desired. The AVP

CPO will be a visionary and inspiring leader with a track record of providing strategic direction and organizational effectiveness in an entity of significant scale and complexity. The AVP

CPO will bring broad-based procurement and business experience and success at leading change, managing resources, and streamlining processes and systems. This individual will be a person of the highest integrity with a collegial style that engenders trust and inspires collaboration, and who is enthusiastic about the day-to-day management of efficient operations and the delivery of excellent customer service. The AVP

CPO will have strong interpersonal abilities, including skills in verbal and written communication, and mature organizational skills to collaborate with multiple entities, solve problems, and navigate a complex higher education and research enterprise. They will demonstrate managerial expertise and the capacity to mentor a leadership team and further develop a high-performing, professional, client-focused service organization committed to advancing the University's goals, objectives, and priorities. In Addition, The AVP

CPO Will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to manage relationships among strategic suppliers;
  • Bring experience with procurement strategy development to successfully promote collaboration and collegiality and to advance mission;
  • Show knowledge of procurement technology platforms to take full advantage of feature capabilities available to streamline P2P processes and provide business intelligence capabilities to analyze and manage spend;
  • Bring proven knowledge of and leadership to implementing innovative procurement programs involving sustainability and supplier diversity;
  • Demonstrate ability to negotiate and contract with the University's best interest in mind;
  • Sustain a commitment to diversity and inclusion and assemble track record of creating a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming professional environment.