Associate Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer  16037 
University Staff 



 The University of Colorado's Procurement Service Center is a nationally recognized procurement office dedicated to using technology to enhance the university's programs and create efficiencies within policies system wide. PSC supports the entire CU community, which includes four campuses plus system administration. CU is a public research university serving Colorado, the nation and the world through leadership in high-quality and professional training, public service, advancing research and knowledge and leading-edge health care.

Position Summary:
The Associate Vice President (AVP) and Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) of the University of Colorado directly oversees the University’s Procurement Service Center (PSC) system-wide, which includes procurement, strategic sourcing, procure-to-pay process, travel and payables services. The PSC has an operating budget in excess of $7.8 million, staff of approximately 50 full time employees, and oversees system-wide spend for CU over $1 Billion. The PSC supports all four campuses for the University of Colorado . The CPO reports into the Senior Associate VP and Chief Business Officer for the University of Colorado system. 

The AVP and CPO will be a successful change agent who can develop strong relationships with senior leaders and build collaborative partnerships with internal and external stakeholders. This position will play a critical role in setting the strategic vision for the future of the organization while working with internal stakeholders and the campus contingency to identify constituents’ needs, develop and implement strategies to meet those needs, and execute fiscal responsibility. Areas of focus will be long-term strategies that focus on category-led strategic sourcing, effective contracting and supplier relationship management (SRM) strategy, data analysis, spend analytics, and the end-to-end procure-to-pay process. In addition, the AVP and CPO will implement process improvements that increase operational efficiencies, aggregate spend, ensure accuracy of data and promote a positive customer experience. This position must uphold the core values of the PSC including: customer service, collaboration, value creation, innovation, and expertise. 
The individual in this position: (1) must possess advanced knowledge associated with the profession of procurement, strategic sourcing, travel-management and payable services and technology that serves these areas; (2) will apply associated theories, methods, principles, and practices; (3) will perform related duties requiring creative, analytical, evaluative, interpretive, and/or critical thinking; (4) will exercise discretion and independent judgment over the areas it oversees; and (5) will demonstrate exemplary leadership and promote employee development for PSC employees. This position reports directly to the Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Business Officer.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
The following duties and responsibilities illustrate the primary activities and functions of this position. However, it does not place a limitation on the scope or nature of other duties or responsibilities that are, or may be, assigned to this position in the due course of business. Accordingly, the AVP and CPO:


  • Defines and executes Procurement strategy ensuring alignment with campus needs.
  • Ensures the University’s procurement function achieves the following three objectives, while balancing their inherent conflicts:
    • Compliance with university policies and external rules, regulations and laws.
    • Efficient and cost effective purchasing to payment process.
    • Highest levels of satisfaction among University customers.
  • In consultation with the campus controllers, CFO’s and other stakeholders, develops and maintains efficient administration balanced with strong internal controls over procurement.
  • In consultation with the campus controllers, CFO’s, other stakeholders and the University Information Services, oversees the development and operations of university-wide procurement systems.
  • Possess strong knowledge of spend management/analytics and travel & expense technology systems. Influence the contracted companies to keep improving and bettering their systems. Continue to optimize the systems that have been implemented to get full value out of the University’s investment.
  • Consults with and advises the campus vice chancellors and campus controllers on procurement trends and problems; needed policy, standards and procedural rules; and public relations to most effectively meet the University's goals and strategic plan(s), Becomes a trusted advisor to senior leadership and internal stakeholders.
  • Certifies all management representations related to procurement required as a result of attestation engagements of the university, including annual audits of the university, and state statutes or fiscal rules.
  • Serves as the lead representative for the university on statewide and/or national procurement and travel committees.
  • Skillful at developing and measuring procurement metrics and measuring internal customer satisfaction.
  • Advances procurement and negotiation strategies for complex, high value procurements and aggregates spend in in a diverse array of indirect spend categories.
  • Dynamic leader of people with the ability to create a compelling vision, demonstrates flexibility in approach, and motivate others to achieve desired results. Cultivate a positive work environment that fosters team and individual performance while enhancing accountability. Ensures culture of PSC fosters creativity, growth, and innovation. Outstanding management skills and ability to attract, retain, motivate and manage exceptional talent.
  • Acts in a professional, respectful, and courteous manner when interacting with co-workers, members, and suppliers.
  • Initiate and develop an on-going procurement training program.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Exceptional leadership skills that are demonstrated by achieving desired results through others, while building effective internal customer relationships.
  • Proven strategic and critical thinking skills as well as an ability to execute.
  • Exceptional negotiation skills and the ability to coach and develop others to do the same.
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills, including minimum of five years of proven supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated excellent analytical skills and quantitative approach to decision making.
  • Superb written and oral communications and organizational skills. Executive presence.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and delegate appropriately.
  • Skills in all procurement process disciplines including spend category / commodity management, negotiation, supplier selection, supplier value management, e-Procurement, requisition to payment, and travel.
  • Demonstrated project management leadership and ability to meet deadlines as established in milestone plans.
  • Skillful at aggregating spend in a complex and decentralized organization. Understands how to navigate and lead in an opt-in culture.
  • Ability to present “total cost of ownership model of procurement” to internal stakeholders.
  • Experience in validating savings with internal customers.

Who we are: System Administration, which also houses the Office of the President, is located in the uptown neighborhood of Denver with an office in Broomfield and a few smaller offices located on the campuses. However, this position is located in Denver. Many of our departments support the educational and research missions of the four University of Colorado campuses. We provide diverse opportunities for professional development, innovation, and collaboration with talented staff and faculty. 

What we offer: 
Salary: Salary is competitive and commensurate with skills and experience.
Benefits: The University of Colorado offers an excellent benefits package including:
  • Medical: Multiple plan options
  • Dental: Multiple plan options
  • Additional Insurance: Disability, Life, Vision and Wellness
  • Retirement 401(a) Plan: Employer contributes 10% of your gross pay
  • Paid Time Off: Accruals over the year
    • Vacation Days: 22
    • Sick Days: 15
    • Holiday Days: 10
  • Tuition Benefit: System employees have the benefit on all campuses 
  • ECO Pass: RTD Bus and light rail service
  • Additional Perks & Programs: Click here to access a few more Perks and Programs

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The University of Colorado has engaged a national procurement search firm, Lutzer Global Inc., to manage the search process. 




 Minimum Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Ten years of progressive experience in procurement/supply chain management across complex organizations with a sizable indirect spend in a decentralized environment.
  • Ten years of progressive management experience in relevant procurement, strategic sourcing, supplier negotiations, e-Procurement, travel, and payables/ P2P operations in a complex organization either in the public or private sector.
  • Demonstrated project management leadership and ability to meet deadlines as established in milestone plans.
  • Experience in running a best in-class procurement organization.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An MBA or other advanced degree in a relevant field
  • Certification from the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) or Institute of Supply Management (ISM).
  • Prior work experience in a research university environment.
  • Knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning software, and specifically PeopleSoft, applications.
  • Knowledge of Concur Travel & Expense System.
  • Knowledge of Jaggaer Spend Management System preferred or alternatively comprehensive spend management system.
  • Experience managing a minimum spend of $400 million in indirect spend.
  • Proficiency in developing and utilizing spend analytics.
  • Consistent track record of being a successful change agent.
  • Experience managing commercial card programs.
  • Experience leading a managed travel program.


Special Instructions to Applicants: The University of Colorado has engaged a national procurement search firm, Lutzer Global Inc., to manage the search process. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Reference checking is a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including email addresses, for up to five references as part of the search process for this position. *Please note: All application materials must be submitted through CU Careers; emailed materials will not be considered.* To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires a verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment. We are committed to an inclusive and barrier-free search process. We provide accommodations for applicants requesting accommodation through the search process such as alternative formats of this posting. Individuals with disabilities in need of accommodations throughout the search process should contact the ADA Coordinator 
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