Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 93-27925
School Name Business Services
Org Penn Purchasing Services
Posted to the Web 02/14/2018
Posted Job/Salary Grade 029
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 8am - 5pm M-F
Months 12
Position Length Ongoing
Position End Date
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Business Services Division (BSD) supports the individual and collective needs of the Penn community by promoting a hospitable, customer-friendly campus environment through the provision of mission-critical services and essential operations. BSD’s mission is to provide high-quality service in a fiscally responsible manner. The Division is currently focused on three major initiatives: Revenue growth/retention through improved marketing efforts, extended services, and development of new distribution channels; driving productivity for the Division and its customers through the better use of technology, and enhancing service offerings through upgrades and expansions of facilities.


Reporting to the Executive Director of Purchasing Services, the Director, IT Sourcing & Contracting is responsible for overseeing Purchasing Services’ IT Sourcing & Contracting service center. The position currently includes one direct report, and together the team manages contracting, project sourcing, customer support, supplier management, program management, spend analytics, and business case development/presentation. As part of this responsibility, the Director is accountable for driving measurable impact in the areas of cost containment, economic inclusion (diversity and local purchasing), and sustainability. The Director is responsible for working closely with University stakeholders to implement and manage strategic supplier solutions and relationships that leverage Penn’s purchasing volume while mitigating risk to the University. The Director will work collaboratively within Purchasing Services, including other sourcing directors and managers, as well as the eBusiness/Procure-to-Pay team to help drive advancement of various procurement efforts and initiatives including spend analytics, business intelligence, and improved contract life cycle management. The Director will promote a positive work environment, spirit of cooperation, and a customer-centric approach to procurement. The Director will be held to the highest standards of stewardship ensuring compliance with all related financial policies and procedures. As part of that responsibility, the Director will report all known or suspected non-compliance or irregularities to the Executive Director of Purchasing Services and/or the Vice President of Business Services. Critical to the effectiveness of the Director will be his or her ability to understand customer needs, educate customers on key IT procurement issues and opportunities, support wide-ranging customer procurement needs, and serve as a University authority in IT procurement.


A Master’s Degree and 5 to 7 years of experience, or a Bachelor’s Degree and at least 7 to 10 years of progressive technology procurement/supply chain management experience. Graduate qualifications in business or a related field preferable. Demonstrated procurement experience in the Information Technology category, with extensive software contracting experience are critical. Experience in additional procurement categories including facilities and construction, life sciences, printing, travel, and professional/support services. Advanced proficiency with procurement systems including ERP systems (Oracle preferred), eProcurement systems, and online bidding tools. Experience in multi-year strategic business development and planning. Proven track record of managing enterprise-wide cost containment and revenue generation projects that produce measurable return-on-investment. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of stakeholders to identify current and future procure-to-pay objectives that require the support of and contribution from the supply chain organization. Supervisory experience preferred. Familiarity with the higher education sector highly regarded. Knowledge of, and passion for, sustainability including economic inclusion (diversity and local purchasing) and environmentally sustainability. LEED or similar certification highly regarded.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
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