VP Procurement & Contract Management

Washington, DC
May 17, 2023
May 28, 2023

AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to the more than 100 million Americans 50-plus and their families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

The Controller's Office is responsible for AARP's enterprise-wide accounting activities. This includes maintaining internal controls; compliance with federal, state, and other legal reporting requirements; grants management; revenue recognition; general ledger activity; accounts payable/receivable; payroll; tax; and procurement functions to include managing strategic outsourcing, contract negotiation and supplier management.

The Vice President, Procurement and Contract Management is responsible for the creation, implementation, and oversight of the overall strategic vision for the organization's acquisition and supplier contract activities, controls, policies, approval authority, processes, and workflow. This includes equipment, services, supplies, and all materials needed by the organization and the processing of contracts, purchase requisitions, purchase orders, change orders, and requests for bids to suppliers. Oversees collaboration with cross-functional teams to prepare and negotiate purchasing contracts, subcontracts, statements of work, and other contractual agreements. Champions and oversees the supplier diversity program and monitors, tracks, and promotes spend with diverse business enterprises throughout the organization. Collaborates with senior leadership to develop long-term procurement strategic plans to position the organization for success.


  • Oversees organization-wide sourcing engagements to include Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Requests for Quotes (RFQs,) and Requests for Information (RFIs) to help realize cost reductions and/or process improvement.
  • Oversees collaborations with multiple cross-functional teams to prepare and negotiate all Master Services Agreements (MSAs), purchasing contracts, subcontracts, Statements of Work (SOWs), and other contract agreements. Oversees administration of and enhancements to the contract and procurement information system of record (PeopleSoft).
  • Oversees the supplier diversity program and works with organization leadership to monitor, track, and promote spend with small and diverse business enterprises. Oversees and establishes procurement and contract governance including objectives, scope, strategies, tactics, metrics, controls, training, operational transparency, and performance management.
  • Establishes procurement infrastructure including organizational structure, organizational diversity, roles and responsibilities, internal and external business interfaces, communication channels, policies, procedures, workflows, recruiting, mentoring, and structured training and development of personnel.
  • Defines, implements, leads, manages, controls, and assures compliance with leading strategic sourcing, pricing, contracting, negotiation, purchasing, service level agreements, purchase order and contract life cycle management, and supplier management functions, structures, and core processes in support of organization requirements.
  • Conducts research on existing and emerging procurement and contract management technologies, processes, products, services, and leading industry performance benchmarks. Ensures effective oversight of continuous improvement and cause corrective action processes in procurement and contract management activities and tools.
  • Collaborates with organization operational groups and accounts payable in the establishment and achievement of procure-to-pay and working capital objectives.
  • Maintains regulatory compliance related to procurement and contracting operations, activities, and documentation, including but not limited to management and control of the organizations procurement and contracting-related information including Master Services Agreements (MSAs) and Statements of Work (SOWs).


  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Economics, or a related discipline, Master's preferred.
  • 10+ years of relevant experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of contract administration, procurement management, and related policies.
  • Expertise in negotiation of contract terms and conditions, bargaining techniques, and conflict resolution.
  • Thorough understanding of financial planning and budgeting processes.
  • Proven leadership skills and hands on management style.
  • Self-aware and able to connect authentically with others.
  • Experience in developing and motivating complex and highly skilled teams.
  • Excellent oral and written presentation skills with the ability to convey key takeaways simply and visually.

Additional Requirements
  • Regular and reliable job attendance.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Exhibit respect and understanding of others to maintain professional relationships.
  • Independent judgement in evaluation options to make sound decisions.
  • In office/open office environment with the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate noise.

Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)

AARP observes Mondays and Fridays as telecommuting workdays, except for essential functions. Remote work and telecommuting can only be done within the United States and its territories.

Compensation and Benefits

AARP offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including a 401(k); 100% company-funded pension plan; health, dental, and vision plans; life insurance; paid time off to include company and individual holidays, vacation, sick, caregiving, and parental leave; performance-based and peer-based recognition; tuition reimbursement; among others.

Equal Employment Opportunity

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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