Director of Procurement Services - FA034
Norfolk State University - Norfolk, VA

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Norfolk State University is seeking a Director of Procurement Services. The Director will provide leadership and overall direction for development, implementation and evaluation of the University's procurement services and warehouse operations. Reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Plans, organizes and directs professional staff in procurement of commodities and services such as telecommunications equipment and services, computer hardware and service, professional services and construction; supervises warehouse operations and surplus property disposal; oversees maintenance of systems and reporting requirements for compliance with contracts, small purchase and travel cards programs and department objectives; develops, evaluates and interprets policies to maintain legal compliance, financial accountability and effective resource utilization; administers large, complex budgets; represents the University in negotiations and contract awards; directs preparation of bid specifications, quotes, bids, requests for proposals and issues orders to successful bidders; trains, supervises, and evaluates staff; investigates and resolves procurement, contract administration and vendor performance issues; mediates and resolves problems between end users and vendors; maintains consistent, high quality customer service orientation with general public, internal end users, external constituents and vendors; and provides training programs for procurement staff, administrative and academic departments end users.

Minimum Qualifications
Master's Degree in business administration, public administration or field of study directly related to the position is required. Extensive knowledge of governmental policies and procedures used in contract administration, material management, large scale warehouse operations, technical purchasing practices, records retention, property and equipment management.

Experience in public sector procurement/materiel operations, contract administration or governmental purchasing; several years of experience in procurement, including several years of supervisory experience; proven leadership in design and implementation of efficient organizational processes and customer service initiatives. Supervisory experience of staff involved in procurement, warehouse operations, surplus property and contracting administration.

Experience evaluating technical bids and proposals. Experience with fixed asset inventory systems and automated procurement systems such as e-commerce and e-procurement. Budget development and management experience in governmental or higher education environment is required. Strong oral and written communication skills.

Certification as a Virginia Contract Officer (VCO) required.

Preferred Qualifications
Certification as a Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO), Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M), Certified Public Professional Buyer (CPB), or other national professional certification preferred.

Special Requirements
Selected candidate must pass a criminal background check.

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