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Date Posted:
August 31, 2015
Job Title:
Contract Officer III, Service Agreements
Columbia University
Salary withheld
    Reporting to the Director, Service Agreements, the Contract Officer III is responsible for the review, negotiation and administration of some of the University's most complex service contracts in order to meet the University's business needs through third party agreements.

    • Lead the review and negotiation-and in some cases, the development-of complex multi-party agreements in support of collaborations and joint ventures undertaken by the University.
    • Incorporate new terms and conditions in University contracts to support evolving compliance requirements
    • Identify and develop tools to work in conjunction with new terms and conditions to promote compliance
    • Review and negotiate agreements covering global activity or activity in a specific country in support of a University program
    • Identify opportunities for development of agreement templates for common agreement types and lead the development of those templates
    • Negotiate agreements (i.e. terms, scope, service level agreements, etc.); assist and advise University departments in obtaining the best total value considering quality, service and cost on a timely basis
    • Develop effective working relationships with suppliers in order to negotiate the best possible value, ensure the quality of services (and some goods) purchased, and fully meet the needs of end users.
    • Responsible for the collection of documentation that provides compliance of University Purchase Order requirements and prepare for review by Procurement management.
    • Track status of all agreements in process
    • Ensure full compliance of all related transactions with University purchasing policies as well as federal and other applicable regulations
    • Facilitate, review and track customer and/or supplier requests for modifications to University accepted standard terms and conditions
    • Assist Director, Service Agreements in the on-going development and refinement of related materials supporting contracting process.
    • Conduct education, communication and training activities to promote increased.
    • Represent the Purchasing Department at customer and supplier meetings.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    POSITION REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree plus a minimum of five years' experience in a purchasing/contract management area, with a significant amount of that experience in technology related contracts, such as software, web services, data management and security required. Advanced degree preferred. SPSM Certification a plus

    Experience with the development and review of varied contracts, agreements addressing global activity, and must have a general understanding of the laws, rules, and regulations related to UCC. Experience Oracle/PeopleSoft, preferred.

    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
    • Ability to prepare reports, summaries and analyses and present findings and recommendations
    • Experience with automated purchasing systems preferred
    • Must be detail-oriented with strong organizational and problem solving skills, and have the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously
    • Must be able to effectively manage high transaction volumes on an on-going basis
    • Must be a self-starter and capable of operating with minimal supervision
    • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including active listening skills, plus the ability to work closely and effectively with a diverse group
    • Must be able to negotiate issues and resolve problems

    Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.

Job Location:
New York, NY, USA
To Apply:
To be considered an applicant, all interested parties MUST apply through the Columbia University online employment application system at: jobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=150480
Date Posted:
Job Title:
Manager, Purchasing Services
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Kwantlen Polytechnic University is recruiting for a full-time position of Manager, Purchasing Services in the Financial Services division, located in Langley, B.C. This position reports to the Director, Financial Operations and provides direction, leadership and assistance to the University in areas of procurement, goods and service contracts/agreements. The manager is responsible for development of procurement processes and management, for the supervision and allocation of resources in Purchasing Services, and the integration of procurement processes into KPU business operations and is a hands on management position. The Manager, Purchasing Services is responsible for ensuring that University policy is adhered to with respect to procurement of goods and services, managing risk and maximizing best value opportunities within legal and legislative rules, directives and guidelines. This position interacts internally with all levels of the University externally with regulatory bodies, shared services groups, industry groups and suppliers of goods and services. The successful incumbent must be computer literate and well-versed in communications within the Internet, and e-commerce systems. A professional designation (SCPM, P.Logistics, CPO, or equivalence) is required along with a Bachelor's degree in a related field. Also required is a minimum of 7 years' experience in a senior, supervisory procurement position and a minimum of 10 years' experience in developing specifications for and negotiating the purchase of a large variety of technical/instructional equipment, and contracts for a wide range of supply services. Experience in a post-secondary education environment is preferred along with experience and demonstrated ability with enterprise resource planning system. Experience with Ellucian Banner would be an asset.

Job Location:
Langley, BC, Canada
To Apply:
email Darelene at: employ@kpu.ca
Date Posted:
Job Title:
Manager of Purchasing and Distribution
Woodland Park Zoo
Compensation based on experience
Job Location:
Seattle, WA
This is your opportunity to join the dynamic Zoo Operations team at Woodland Park Zoo. Applications are now being accepted for Manager of Purchasing and Distribution in the Animal Management department. There is one full-time, regular, benefited position to be filled at this time.

Oversees the operational and fiscal activities of purchasing and distribution for the zoo, to include obtaining the best value for the dollar in goods and services consistent with legal and best purchase practices.

*Oversees distribution center and purchasing operations, including protecting inventory and satisfying internal customers.
*Plans and develops systems and procedures to improve quality and efficiency of the operation.
*Manages competition process for large single purchases and recurring purchases to establish vendors of record.
*Works with internal customers to define needs, prepare specifications, define vendor lists, disseminate RFPs, evaluate proposals, award contracts, and place orders. Assists other departments with product/service definition, pricing, sourcing, follow-up, and defining acquisition cost.
*Coordinates bidding process to ascertain accuracy, proper accounting, and conformity with bid/quote.
*Drafts, or assists other departments in drafting, specifications for equipment purchases; submits requests for bids/proposals to vendors or service providers, reviews/analyzes bids and makes purchasing recommendations.
*Manages the fiscal activities of purchasing and distribution for a variety of departments.
*Assists with compiling inventory reports, recording the quantity, type and value of on-hand materials, equipment and stock.
*Plans, develops and oversees the creation and implementation of a budget for purchasing and distribution.
*Represents purchasing and distribution in meetings.
*Perform other duties as assigned.

Directly supervises Warehouse staff. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
*Broad knowledge of purchasing best practices and awareness of true acquisition costs.
*Knowledge and practice of personnel management techniques with the ability to handle sensitive or difficult employee relations issues.
*Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to relate well with external suppliers and internal customers.
*Ability to analyze quotations and to prepare and analyze spreadsheets.
*Ability to create specification and statement-of-work documents.
*Robust knowledge of ethical and legal purchasing practices.
*Considerable knowledge of budgeting techniques.
*Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institution's Core Values.

Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) from an accredited college or university; and five years related experience and/or training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

*Valid Washington State Driver's License required.
*TB test done annually.
*Membership in the AZA at a professional level.
*Membership/participation in local/national purchasing organizations preferred.

Solid computer skills including proficiency working with databases and Microsoft Office suite (particularly Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point) required. Experience with Access or similar database preferred.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee is occasionally required to sit or stand; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 30 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather) and variable weather conditions. The employee is occasionally in direct contact with exotic animals. The employee is exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; exposure to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock and vibration. The noise level in the work environment varies.

Job Location:
Seattle, WA
To Apply:
Applications are only accepted online through our Jobs page at www.zoo.org; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are REQUIRED when applying for this position. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications are due prior to 12:00 AM on the posted Close date (i.e. by 11:59 PM the evening before).

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