Director, IT Sourcing & Contracting
- University of Pennsylvania
Director, IT Sourcing & Contracting
The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.
Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.
The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.
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Director, IT Sourcing & Contracting
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Job Description Summary
Procurement Services, a department within the Division of Business Services, manages approximately $1 billion of spending at the University. Driven by the pillars of Penn Compact 2022 of Inclusion, Innovation, and Impact, Procurement Services offers the following core functions:
- Developing, implementing, and managing innovative procurement solutions to enable optimal process efficiency and make smart purchasing easy.
- Identifying suppliers from diverse and marginalized backgrounds with whom the University can activate mutually beneficial relationships.
- Sourcing and negotiating favorable procurement outcomes by leveraging the scale of Penn's spending to achieve best-value results.
- Managing supplier relationships to ensure that University buyers' (faculty, staff, and students) needs are met.
- Delivering positive impact in the areas of economic inclusion, environmental sustainability, and responsible supply chain management.
Reporting to the Senior Director of Strategic Sourcing & Sustainability, the Director, IT Sourcing & Contracting (Director) has primary responsibility for overseeing the categories of information technology, interactive communications, and related categories according to strategic priority.
The position currently includes two direct reports, and together the team manages contracting, project sourcing, customer support, supplier management, program management, spend analytics, and business case development/presentation. As part of this responsibility, the Director is accountable for driving measurable impact in the areas of cost containment, economic inclusion (diversity and local purchasing), and sustainability. The Director is responsible for working closely with University stakeholders to implement and manage strategic supplier solutions and relationships that leverage Penn's procurement volume while mitigating risk to the University. The Director will work collaboratively within Procurement Services, including other sourcing directors and managers, as well as the eBusiness/Procure-to-Pay team to help drive advancement of various procurement efforts. Critical to the effectiveness of the Director will be his or her ability to understand and support wide-ranging customer procurement needs, educate customers on key procurement issues and opportunities, and serve as a University authority in IT and Communications procurement.
The Director will promote a positive work environment, spirit of cooperation, and a customer-centric approach to procurement. The Director will be held to the highest standards of stewardship ensuring compliance with all related financial policies and procedures. As part of that responsibility, the Director will report all known or suspected non-compliance or irregularities to the Sr. Director of Strategic Sourcing & Sustainability, Chief Procurement Officer, and/or the Vice President of Business Services.
A Bachelor's Degree is required and at least 5 years to 7 years of progressive technology procurement/supply chain management experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Graduate qualifications in business or a related field desirable. Demonstrated procurement experience in the Information Technology and Communications categories, with extensive software contracting experience are critical. Experience in additional procurement categories including contingent labor, life sciences, printing, professional/support services, and facilities desirable. Advanced proficiency with procurement systems including ERP systems, eProcurement systems, and online bidding tools. Proven track record of managing enterprise-wide cost containment and revenue generation projects that produce measurable return-on-investment. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of stakeholders to execute complex technology sourcing strategies. Supervisory experience preferred. Familiarity with the higher education sector highly regarded. Knowledge of, and passion for, sustainability including economic inclusion (diversity and local purchasing) critical.
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
$88,861.00 - $168,837.00
Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
- Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
- Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
- Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
- Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
- Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
- Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
- Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
- University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
- Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
- Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
- Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
- Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.
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