Senior Buyer

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Mar 17, 2022
Jul 07, 2022
Full Time
Senior Buyer, PurchasingThe George Mason University Purchasing Office is seeking a talented Senior Buyer to perform complicated and highly technical procurement activities for a wide variety of goods and services, including, but not limited to IT hardware, software, cloud services, MRO, and furniture.George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About Fiscal Services:Fiscal Services supports the university's mission by promoting financial best practices, forming strategic partnerships, establishing efficient systems, and pursuing continuous improvement. We create and maintain a sustainable financial framework and strong internal controls to promote sound fiscal management, careful stewardship of university resources, and accountability. We foster innovation to support Mason's overall mission by employing new methods to deliver financial services and collaborating on process improvements and new initiatives. Fiscal Services provides accurate and timely financial data to ensure comprehensive reporting, compliance, and analysis to enable strategic decision-making. The Purchasing Department oversees the procurement of goods and services by collaborating with units in making strategic purchasing decisions.Responsibilities:The Senior Buyer shall ensure that purchases are made in accordance with the Code of Virginia, university policy, and purchasing best practices.Essential duties include:Manage procurement cycle for the purchase of the most complex goods and services, including those related to IT software, hardware, cloud services, MRO and furniture;Receive and review requisitions, specifications, and scopes of work, and assimilate into detailed needs statements and bidding documents;Analyze bids and proposals, work with evaluation committees to determine the best value, and award contracts;Develop, champion, and ensure implementation of strategic sourcing principles that will optimize total cost of ownership for assigned spend category;Develop contract negotiation strategies, and serve as the lead in driving contract negotiations to achieve stated goals and objectives;Utilize rate control terms within agreements to maintain pricing in alignment with market through contract life cycle;Work collaboratively with business stakeholders to analyze, monitor, and manage internal demand for related goods and services within assigned spend category; andAssist in developing and executing category management strategies to include risk assessments, overall market, industry and supply base analysis, and category and vendor segmentation.Required Qualifications:Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;Considerable purchasing experience (4 years);Recent experience leading the request for proposal (RFP) process for complex goods and services, with a dollar value frequently in excess of $1M; andAbility to manage complex, highly technical contract negotiations with minimal assistance.Preferred Qualifications:A nationally recognized certification in the field of procurement;A certification in contract management; andPrior experience in a higher education or government purchasing environment.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 00412Z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, a list of three supervisory references with contact information.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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