Strategic Sourcing Specialist

Friday, January 20, 2023 - 00:00
University of Colorado
Denver, CO (hybrid)

Position Summary:

This Strategic Sourcing Specialist will help CU make a difference in the world. This role will perform strategic sourcing and category management with a primary focus on those commodities that support sustainability with a focus on Scope 3 emissions. You will act as a liaison for the PSC and serve as the chair on the Sustainable Steering Committee – a multi-campus team of sustainability experts. Your focus, energy and drive will create Procurement strategies to maximize sustainable spending, reduce consumption and meet internal and external goals. As our sustainability subject matter expert, you will build a strong network that fosters collaboration with customers, suppliers, key stakeholders, and team members that will allow you to contribute to and assist with the implementation of strategic plans that deliver operational efficiency in support of our entire CU community. If you are someone that excels in relationship development, business partnering, and implementing work plans across multiple campuses based on data analytics, we hope you will review this job posting and consider joining our dynamic team as we help us make a difference in the lives of others!

This Strategic Sourcing Specialist will focus on those commodities that have the greatest impact on sustainable procurement and it will support the University as a whole, and individual campuses, in developing, measuring, and achieving a broad spectrum of sustainability goals. This position works closely with the Senior Procurement Manager, fellow Strategic Sourcing Specialists, Procurement Service Center (PSC) staff, and other CU campuses to identify sustainability opportunities that intersect with the procurement process and help to promote, integrate, and advance sustainability throughout CU’s procurement process. These opportunities include, but are not necessarily limited to, product selection and usage, life cycle cost analysis, awareness campaigns, participation in appropriate sustainability organizations and conferences, identification of critical supplier partnerships, and building relationships with key University and supplier stakeholders. This position will act as a lead and subject matter expert on out facing sustainability activities and awareness, including website content, campus events, scheduled communication, and direction of enterprise-wide sustainability steering committee meetings and objectives. In coordination with the Senior Manager, this position assists in establishing and monitoring a strategic approach to product usage and product catalog content.

Who We Are:

The Procurement Service Center: The University of Colorado’s (CU) Procurement Service Center (PSC) is one of the leading higher education procurement offices in the nation. The PSC is dedicated to using data and technology to enhance the University’s programs and create efficiencies within policies, procurement workflows, and the end user experience. The PSC supports the entire CU community, comprised of four campuses plus system administration by assisting customers with their procurement, spend management, contracting, procure-to-pay, and travel management responsibilities. The PSC partners with CU constituents and suppliers to provide collaborative, innovative, and leading practices that deliver high quality expertise, significant value, and excellent customer service.

This position is located in Denver at 1800 Grant Street and is approved for a Hybrid work arrangement. This position also has the ability to work remotely within the United States.

Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado System Administration Office is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse workforce. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community and all veterans.

Duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

Sustainability Initiative Maintenance and Creation:

  • Maintain and enhance roadmap of procurement (Scope 3 emissions) related sustainability initiatives.
  • Collaborate with internal procurement stakeholders in implementing sustainability initiatives including drafting sustainable solicitation language and evaluation criteria.
  • Maintain current knowledge of applicable sustainability laws, regulations, products, programs, and best practices and ensure that information is distributed appropriately to stakeholders. Read articles, participate in workshops and webinars, etc. (i.e. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education [AASHE]).
  • Measure and report progress related to sustainability initiatives.
  • Partner with campus customers, Strategic Sourcing Specialists, and Purchasing Agents on sustainability opportunities.
  • Create meaningful measurements and success indicators for the program, including assisting campuses with their reporting requirements as appropriate.

Category Strategy & Strategic Sourcing

  • Understand and develop actionable plans based on research and analysis to establish short and long-term sustainability efforts focused on sustainability, supply market intelligence, customer requirements, demand patterns, spend management, and user experience.
  • Identify and lead sourcing events that are generated from both the PSC and campus customers based on data analysis, market awareness, and subject matter expertise. Focus areas include sustainability, total cost of ownership, value proposition, renewals, supplier consolidation, and customer experience.
  • Work with appropriate Procurement staff to develop communication models that keep campus category stakeholders engaged in current and future sustainability activities as well as identify continuous improvement opportunities throughout the procurement process.
  • Establish and acts on a framework for analyzing category spend data to identify enterprise-wide sourcing and procurement opportunities.

Campus Engagement and Outreach:

  • In collaboration with key campus and PSC stakeholders, guide the Scope 3 emissions content in the Sustainability Steering Committee activities.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with key University stakeholders to build successful and collaborative partnerships between the PSC and its customers.
  • Create, organize, and participate in cross-campus committees for the purpose of increasing and enhancing collaboration and strategic alignment between campus stakeholders.
  • Partner with University departments to understand current and future projects and roadmaps. Identify strategic overlap amongst campuses to drive collaborative efforts that maximize efficiency and fully leverage University spend and sustainability goals with suppliers.
  • Prioritize and organize campus outreach events, end-user engagement surveys, communication with stakeholders, and website content related to sustainability.
  • Act as primary point of contact and resource for sustainability practices in procurement.
  • Create and maintain sustainability content on PSC website, customer newsletters, and sustainable procurement guidelines.

Contract and Supplier Management

  • Create meaningful sustainability supplier partnerships by building upon existing and new supplier relationships to ensure product selection, price point, sustainable product attributes, and catalog functionality are all aligned with overall sustainability goals.
  • Act as a lead and subject matter expert on assigned strategic contract portfolio and ensure ongoing monitoring of category framework.
  • Define and establish contract Service Level Agreements (SLA's), Key Performance Indicators (KPI's), and mutually agreed upon goals with suppliers that are both meaningful and impactful to the campuses.
  • Lead negotiation of business terms, pricing and structure for enterprise agreements and provides support and consultation for department-level agreements and supplier engagements.
  • Assist the campuses in navigating the supplier ecosystem in accordance with University Procurement Rules to deliver and facilitate optimized solutions, sustainability, and pricing in alignment with University strategy.

What We Offer:

Salary: The anticipated hiring range has been established at $75,000-$78,000

How to Apply:

For full consideration completed applications must be submitted by January 31st, 2023. For full consideration, please attach the following as separate documents to your application:

  1. A cover letter identifying the job specific minimum qualifications you possess
  2. A resume including any and all relevant experience to be accurately assessed against the qualifications listed in the posting.

Reference checking is a standard step in our hiring process.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education, or equivalent professional experience (professional experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis)
  • Four (4) years of experience in a procurement role, which may include experience working with sustainability activities, initiatives, and/or programs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the field of Environmental Science, Sustainability, or related field.
  • Six (6) years of experience in a procurement role, which may include experience working with sustainability activities, initiatives, and/or programs. This may also include experience coordinating procurement related activities and initiatives
  • Two (2) years’ experience in public procurement, preferably in Higher Education
  • Professional certification such as a Certified Green Purchasing Professional (CGPP), Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM), Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), or Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP)