The Director, Purchasing and Contracts is a strategic partner to advance the College’s mission of student success. Primary responsibilities include coordination, direction, and budget oversight of the procurement and contract administration which includes managing monthly procurement board action reports, liaison with government purchasing cooperatives, disposal of surplus/obsolete assets, manage procurement card (P Card) program, facilitate major construction project purchases/contracts, administer insurance and bond requirements, manage new vendor intake, vendor file maintenance, and annual vendor performance reviews and administer the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program.
Responsibilities also involve ensuring compliance with federal, state and local regulations pertaining to the purchase of goods and services. This would include promoting the use of full and open competition in awards made of College-wide contracts and changing procedures that may be impeding the competitive procurement process. Responsible for implementing e-procurement technology critical for improved financial system integration, increased strategic sourcing and improved inventory control requirements.
The successful candidate must possess the ability to think critically, analytically, and strategically to address the ongoing and changing needs in higher education and government procurement, along with solid interpersonal skills and effective conflict management/resolution skills. Work requires considerable independent judgement, discretion and initiative in carrying out the operations of the department working with using departments.
The College of Lake County (CLC) is a comprehensive community college located in northeastern Illinois committed to being an innovative educational institution providing life-changing paths for our students by offering exceptional learning experiences.
The college is widely recognized for student success, business and community partnerships and for the achievements of our faculty, staff and alumni. Long-known as an employer of choice in Lake County, CLC was ranked #15 on the Forbes list of Top 100 Employers in the State of Illinois for 2019.
1. Master’s degree in business administration, finance or accounting with a minimum of five (5) years demonstrated progressive supervisory experience in procurement and contract administration within government or private sector. OR Bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance or accounting with minimum of eight (8) years demonstrated progressive supervisory experience in procurement and contract administration within government or private sector.
2. Thorough understanding of applicable contract law and related contract issues and trends.
3. Thorough understanding of State of Illinois Complied Statutes which govern procurement which is not limited to Community Colleges.
4. Advanced knowledge and experience with ERP systems (preference given to PeopleSoft & Oracle) and Microsoft Office Products.
5. Must possess strong collaboration skills and team-building skills along with strong organizational, time management, planning and project management skills.
6. Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, gender, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of the students we serve and sensitivity to and knowledge and understanding of groups historically underrepresented.
7. Demonstrated commitment to sustainability.
8. Professional communication skills, both written and verbal, with an ability to prepare clear, concise reports and documentation. Excellent customer service skills with strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with all levels of staff and constituents.
9. Innovative and creative thinker with effective problem solving skills.
10. Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise sound judgement and discretion.
11. Valid driver’s license.
Other requirements of the position: Position requires occasional local, regional and national travel; extended use of computers; and regular public contact – in person, telephone and electronic correspondence.
Proven ability to work effectively and constructively with persons of diverse cultures, language groups, and abilities; demonstrate sensitivity to and ability to work with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff, including those with disabilities; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Additional Salary Information: Salary, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment are highly competitive and will be commensurate with the candidate’s background and experience.
Internal Number: S01123
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