The Five Colleges of Ohio (a consortium of The College of Wooster, Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, and Ohio Wesleyan University) seeks its next Director of Strategic Procurement (DSP) to lead our strong shared procurement program, administer procurement software platforms, and leverage data to achieve strategic cost-saving initiatives and contracts.
The DSP fosters collaboration among college procurement personnel, advancing the strategic goals of cost savings/avoidance, service improvement, sustainability, and diversity. The DSP will use data, analytics, and benchmarking to evaluate vendor performance, consortial contracts, RFPs, and procurement-related risk, to identify opportunities for continuous improvement, and to inform the Ohio Five’s strategic procurement strategy.
The Director supports the shared Jaggaer e-procurement portal, overseeing project planning, implementation, and system administration at participating colleges while managing suppliers, PCard utilization, contracts, workflow management and financial approvals. The Director leads system enhancement implementations, integrates system data with college ERP systems, and provides meaningful spend analytics using system data.
The successful candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in business, operations, or finance with 3-5 years of experience in purchasing and/or contract administration. Strong system administration ability is key, with preferred experience with Jaggaer systems. We’re looking for a skilled facilitator who can foster successful collaborations among college purchasing, finance, and IT staff, with excellent analytical, research and problem-solving skills.
This position offers flexibility, with an office located on any of the five campuses, options for some remote work. Ohio Five supports regular travel to the five colleges as part of this position. It includes a generous Kenyon College benefits program (see below).
Full position description
Applications are invited at careers.kenyon.edu and should include a cover letter, current resume, and two references.
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Compensation and Benefits
Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.
We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Staff Handbook.
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