The Director of Purchasing supports the University’s community and mission by providing leadership, direction and expertise in contract and procurement services that ensure quality products and services are purchased in a cost effective, efficient and ethical manner. These duties require strategic planning skills, visionary leadership, a comprehensive knowledge of industry trends, advanced technology applications involving e-commerce, and the ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse audiences throughout the campus community. The Director supervises the Purchasing Department staff, currently consisting of a PCard Administrator and an Assistant to the Director of Purchasing and is responsible for the creation and implementation of departmental policies and procedures. This position reports to the Associate Vice President for Finance.
Manage the Purchasing function for the University in an efficient and cost-effective manner
Work with the highest ethical standards and create an environment that demands ethical
behavior from all constituents
Build strong relationships with key stakeholders across the campus community, at both the
leadership and operational levels, to identify and implement strategic sourcing initiatives
Create and evaluate policies and procedures for the Purchasing Department and help ensure the
University community is educated and informed on the policies and procedures
Ensure compliance with all federal, state and local regulations including those related to
sponsored program initiatives
Set the overall vision and strategic direction, both long and short-term, for the Purchasing
Department as well as coaching and fostering professional development of the Purchasing staff
Negotiate and monitor University contracts
Review contract language for desired terms and conditions
Drive innovation and evaluates new suppliers as a part of the supply chain management process
Responsible for reporting out of the Purchasing Department including spend analytics and other
Design and manage the competitive solicitation process (RFP’s, RFI’s, RFQ’s, ITN’s and ITB’s) and
negotiates business terms with vendors for the purchase of goods and services for the
Manage the bidding process including pre-bid meetings, bid openings and award
Supervise and support the processing of University Purchase Orders and the University’s
Purchasing Card (PCard) program
Participate in the development of eCommerce, eProcurement and other IT initiatives based on
best practices for efficient operations
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
A Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration or related field, 8 years of progressive purchasing experience with at least 5 years of supervisory experience. Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, effective organizational and negotiation skills and the ability to lead and motivate staff. Must also possess a good working knowledge of business law concepts and legal aspects of contract administration and purchasing best practices. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite with intermediate excel skills. Working knowledge of federal rules and regulations as related to grant spending.
Additional Qualifications Desired:
A Master’s degree in business administration or comparable advanced degree is preferred as is a professional procurement certification, eg., CPP, CPPM, CPM, CPSM, CPSD. Prior purchasing experience preferably in an academic environment. Experience with Ellucian’s Banner ERP system is highly desirable.
Internal Number: 21-16A
About University of New Haven
The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education.Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960 and opened its Orange Campus in January, 2014. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities.The University enrolls approximately 6,800 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 5,000 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, and Tagliatela College of Engineering, UNH offers over 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 500 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.