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Core/FlexForce Buyer / Senior Purchasing Agent

Company: Michigan State University
Location: East Lansing
Posted on: November 18, 2022

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Job postingsCore/FlexForce Buyer / Senior Purchasing Agent Share this:+ + + + + - More (http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250=pageup) Back to search results Apply now Job no: 810268 Work type: Support Staff Pay Grade:14Major Administrative Unit / College:University Procurement And LogisticsDepartment:Procurement 10074704Sub Area:AP- ProfessionalsSalary:Salary Commensurate with ExperienceLocation: East Lansing Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Administrative Professionals- AP, Full Time (90-100%), Union, Remote-Friendly Working/Functional TitleCore/FlexForce BuyerPosition SummaryThe Core/FlexForce Buyer is responsible for purchasing a variety of complex commodities requiring extensive knowledge and expertise. The Purchasing Agent will negotiate and execute complex, large dollar purchases.**Buyer positions will be hired at either level 12 or 14 depending upon qualifications and experience. Candidates with greater than three years of relevant experience will be considered.**Majority of work may be performed remotely. This position requires on-site attendance minimally for quarterly meetings.Current CompensationCompensation for this support staff position includes generous paid time off; a 10% retirement match with a 5% employee contribution to the base retirement plan; health and dental insurance plan options with premiums paid fully by MSU; education assistance benefits for employee and dependents; employer-paid life insurance; and a large menu of voluntary benefits. Details can be found in the Support Staff Open Enrollment Guide and respective collective bargaining agreements on the MSU Human Resources website at https://hr.msu.edu.The individual in this role will:Collaborate with university stakeholders and subject matter experts to get the best value on complex commodities in support of world class research and education at Michigan State University.Demonstrate honesty and integrity to serve the mission of MSU and UPL and add value to the procurement process while ensuring compliance in all matters.Participate in a team of procurement professionals working together to provide the MSU community expertise and financial stewardship and maintain equally high motivation and performance with individual work assignments.Utilize procurement expertise and technical knowledge to evaluate purchase requisitions for appropriateness, content, and clarity.Manage the procurement process by writing, issuing, and soliciting requests for information, proposals, and/or quotations (RFIs, RFPs, and/or RFQs). Assemble stakeholder specifications for complex, unique, and large-scale purchases, determine suppliers to be solicited, evaluate proposals, and prepare bid analyses.Source suppliers by selecting the appropriate procurement methodology (such as strategic contracts, bid solicitations, sole source) in alignment with UPL Procurement department and university business policies and procedures.Communicate frequently with a diverse group of stakeholders, including faculty, staff, and suppliers, to ensure supporting document needs are met, requirements are clear, and to foster positive relationships.Employ broad procurement expertise and analytical skills to manage supplier relationships, assess supplier health and outlook utilizing performance measurement tools and decision modeling practices.Illustrate strong negotiation skills, including negotiation strategy development, while partnering with MSU legal and risk management offices to negotiate supplier contracts and agreements.Provide compliance management and risk mitigation measures when assessing suppliers, including collaboration on policy development.Uphold a mentality of stewardship, sustainability, diversity, equity, and inclusion as these are integral themes of the MSU Strategic Plan.Partner with the Accounts Payable department to resolve invoice discrepancies in order to preserve positive supplier and stakeholder relationships.Provide flexibility to the department by providing coverage of other commodities and duties as needed to provide the highest level of service to university stakeholders.Demonstrate superior customer service and professional communications to internal and external partners, both written and verbal, as this is core to our service mission to Michigan State University by being responsive and customer focused.May support team supervisor by using deep knowledge and experience to lead and manage team workflow while serving as a resource and mentor to procurement colleagues.May lead policy and procedure development and implementation.Participates in and/or leads large, complex projects including process improvement initiatives to best serve the university community.Unit Specific Education/Experience/SkillsSenior Purchasing Agent - Level 14+ Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Supply Chain Management, Business, Engineering or a related field; five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in sales, purchasing/buying and accounting; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.Purchasing Agent - Level 12+ Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Business or Communications with relevant course work in Purchasing, Materials Management and Inventory Control or related field; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in purchasing and economic and accounting business methods; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.Up to 4 Buyer positions will be hired at either level 12 or 14 depending upon qualifications and experience. Candidates with greater than three years of relevant experience will be considered.Desired QualificationsThe successful candidate will demonstrate sound procurement negotiations and contract management skills, along with the use of ethical and regulatory-based decision-making in high-pressure situations; effective interpersonal skills to facilitate and resolve situations with differing objectives. An advanced degree in supply chain, business, STEM or law field is desirable though not essential. They will also demonstrate breadth in their supply chain knowledge of compliance, risk management, and import/export regulations. Prior participation in an ERP implementation project is beneficial.Equal Employment Opportunity StatementAll qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.Required Application MaterialsResume and Cover Letter.Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:https://msu.edu/together-we-will/Work HoursSTANDARD 8-5Websiteupl.msu.eduRemote Work StatementMSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.The Bidding Eligibility ends on 09/06/2022 at 11:55 PMAdvertised: Aug 31, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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