The Procurement, Contracts, and Materials Management department is seeking a Chief Procurement Officer. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE),12-month, professional faculty position.
Building on 150 years as Oregon's land grant institution, Oregon State University (OSU) serves the state, the nation and the world as a premier 21st-century research university. We go wherever the challenges are, push ourselves to the very edge of what's known and keep going. We are determined to forge solutions. We are diverse and welcoming. We embrace our responsibility to Oregon and the world, building a future that's smarter, healthier, more prosperous and more just. We see what could be and have worked relentlessly for 150 years to make it so.
As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research, and outreach and engagement, Oregon State University promotes economic, social, cultural, and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation, and the world.
The Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President for Administration (SAVPA), is responsible for the strategic vision, leadership, planning, and management of the purchasing and materials management functions of the entire university and oversees the execution of daily work in Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management, including budget authority over department expenditures, and supervision of unit head staff.
The CPO is responsible for the development of value-added business processes, including enabling an efficient procure to pay process flow, optimizing cost savings on purchases, facilitating the business contract programs and efficient materials management.
This position is expected to develop and implement short and long-term strategies to proactively maximize the use of university resources with a visionary and continuous improvement mindset, including, but not limited to, effective contracting, efficient sourcing and supply management, and detailed spend analytics. The CPO is expected to continually look for ways to streamline and eliminate unnecessary or redundant business processes. The CPO will work to enhance equity and inclusion goals in hiring, business process, and supplier diversity.
The CPO is responsible for ensuring proper use of university resources and the adequacy of internal controls related to contracting and procurement. The CPO establishes and maintains consistent and compliant contracting policies, procedures and guidelines across the institution and must have an understanding of public university finance and budgeting, as well as a thorough understanding of policy, practice, administrative rules, and applicable state and federal law. The CPO is expected to keep abreast of any changes that affect the university concerning contracting and procurement, and to inform or otherwise provide training to their staff and other stakeholders.
A division within the CPO span of control is Contract Services which reviews and executes contracts when OSU is: providing services; granting access to OSU equipment or land; establishing internships, student abroad and exchange programs; receiving donations or sponsorships; or entering into athletic agreements.
The CPO also drafts and negotiates a wide variety of sensitive and high-level university contracts and partners with General Counsel and senior leadership on university initiatives. On behalf of the university, this position will lead outreach to campus stakeholders, peer agencies, and the regional business community, including historically disadvantaged business entities, and ensure access to university business opportunities. This position will serve on the SAVPA's Leadership Team and be involved with strategic decision making that helps to shape the unit while ensuring the services and programs provided to the university align with our mission and strategic plan 4.0.
To be successful in this role the CPO must demonstrate:
Leadership and interpersonal skills, including the capacity to foster constructive outcomes in a complex environment involving an array of distinct stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
Experience in the development of policies that direct the conduct of contracting and procurement processes to eliminate bias and barriers for businesses owned by minorities, women, and veterans and emerging small businesses to procure goods and services development.
Extensive experience and ability, at management level in a strategic, procurement and contract management function
Effective change management leadership.
Ability to identify and predict real potential long-term implications of policy decisions concerning, contracting and procurement.
Experience fostering inclusive excellence to enable success for people from diverse backgrounds, while looking to diversity as a source of enrichment and strength.
Listening skills and the ability to interpret the needs of units and departments across campus to ensure their procurement needs are met.
High ethical standards, mature judgment, and discretion.
High standards of accuracy and precision and be highly organized.
Ability to establish credibility and influence across the organization.
Ability to foster a culture where creative solutions are encouraged, explored and evaluated.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
The ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships across a wide stakeholder group.
The ability to prioritize workload and proactively manage expectations in relation to agreed deliverables, even when faced with competing priorities.
Typically requires Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or field related to assigned responsibilities. 7 years senior level management, supervisory experience in governmental and/or higher education procurement, contracting and materials management administration. Accredited Purchasing Professional (APP) or Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) or Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO).
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or other related field required.
Seven years' experience negotiating contracts and procurements and/or seven years' experience drafting complex contracts and procurements.
Five years' experience managing, directing, and coordinating the workload and work product of others to strategic outcomes.
A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
Oregon State University is following physical distancing directives form state and local governments as part of the collective effort of combat the spread of COVID-19. Onsite work in the interim will vary for units and for specific positions and will be discussed with your supervisor.
In normal conditions, this position will work within an office environment and may be expected at times to work after hours to complete projects and/or meet objectives. The CPO will interact and communicate with faculty and staff in person, by phone, via email and/or virtually.
Oregon State is a leading research university located in one of the safest, smartest, greenest small cities in the nation. Situated 90 miles south of Portland, and an hour from the Cascades or the Pacific Coast, Corvallis is the perfect home base for exploring Oregon?s natural wonders.Oregon State University has always been a place with a purpose ? making a positive difference in quality of life, natural resources and economic prosperity in Oregon and beyond. Through discovery, innovation and application, we are meeting challenges, solving problems and turning ideas into reality.Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state?s Land Grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. Oregon State is also the only university in Oregon to hold both the Carnegie Foundation's top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification.As Oregon?s leading public research university, with $261.7 million in external funding in the 2011 fiscal year, Oregon State?s impact reaches across the state and beyond. With 12 colleges, 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, 35 county Extension offic...es, the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport and OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon State has a presence in every one of Oregon?s 36 counties, with a statewide economic footprint of $2.06 billion.Oregon State welcomes a diverse student body of over 26,000 students from across Oregon, all 50 states and more than 100 countries. They can choose from more than 200 undergraduate and more than 80 graduate degree programs, including over 30 degrees online offered through Oregon State Ecampus. Oregon State increasingly attracts high-achieving students, with nationally recognized programs in areas such as conservation biology, agricultural sciences, nuclear engineering, forestry, fisheries and wildlife management, community health, pharmacy and zoology.Oregon State also ranks high in sustainability, fourth among universities nationwide for using renewable energy and first in the Pac-12 Conference. And our students literally help power the university: 22 exercise machines at Oregon State University has always been a place with a purpose ? making a positive difference in quality of life, natural resources and economic prosperity in Oregon and beyond. Through discovery, innovation and application, we are meeting challenges, solving problems and turning ideas into reality. For more information visithttp://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/index.cfm.The 400-acre main campus in Corvallis includes a Historic District, making Oregon State one of only a handful of U.S. university campuses listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The district includes such icons as Weatherford Hall, the Memorial Union and Benton Hall, the oldest building on the oldest building on campus.OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.