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Director of Purchasing

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Position: Director of Purchasing
Department: Purchasing

Position Description:

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Procurement and Support Services, the Director is responsible for the University-wide Purchasing operation. The function includes the operation of the Purchasing unit under the policies of the Adopted Procurement Rules of the Chief Procurement Officer for Public Institutions of Higher Education, the University Board of Trustee regulations, coordination with the Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative (IPHEC), and the development of related University operational policies in coordination with applicable Federal and State laws.

About Northeastern Illinois University

Founded in 1867, NEIU has a rich tradition of educational innovation, and in preparing teachers and administrators who make a difference in Chicago. That tradition continues to this day and has expanded to include an array of academic disciplines, allowing the University to embrace fully the community in which it resides. NEIU is regarded as the most diverse, public, comprehensive university in the Midwest, and is designated by the Unites States Department of Education as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Diversity is an important factor in the character of this urban institution and in the social fabric of its student body. ALANA students represent nearly 60% of the NEIU student body. The University offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, education, and business, and has additional campuses in the metropolitan area: The Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, El Centro, and the Center for College Access and Success. The University is also a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. Newsweek magazine named Northeastern Illinois University the “Sixth Best Investment” in the United States, and number one in Illinois. Northeastern shares the top-ten spot with Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and MIT. For more information, visit

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Directs all purchasing functions of the University including all campus sites.

• Establishes and maintains policies, rules and operations that will result in procurement of quantities of commodities, equipment, and services as requested by the various campus units, consistent with guidelines of price, service, quality, delivery and terms of sale; or give functional directions to others delegated the authority to perform such services.

• Ensures compliance with policies and procedures mandated by applicable state statute, the Illinois Procurement Code, the Adopted Procurement Rules of the Chief Procurement Officer for Public Institutions of Higher Education, and the NEIU Board of Trustees regulations.

• Supervises and directs the activities of the Purchasing Department staff.

• Oversees the competitive bidding process in accordance with the policies and procedures mandated by the Illinois Procurement Code and NEIU Board of Trustees regulations. Facilitates discussion of proposed purchases with administrative and academic officers and staff ensuring appropriate University participation.

• Serves as contract negotiator for the University, including negotiations for leases of real property, equipment and contractual services. The Director also serves as chief negotiator for all maintenance contracts and contractual disputes regarding the operational units of the University with outside vendors.

• Promotes the use of minority-, female- and disabled-owned business enterprises (MAFBE), Veteran owned and small businesses as suppliers of goods and services to the University. Establishes University purchase goals, develops action plans and measures performance to goals.

• Provides final approval of requisitions, ensures that requisitions have the appropriate authorization and approves/prepares contracts and purchase documents.

• Performs other duties as assigned Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, procurement, finance or related degree. Masters Degree in a business field preferred.

• Ten years of purchasing experience, five years of which were in a supervisory capacity.

• Knowledge of the State of Illinois Procurement Code and/or experience with contracting within a University environment is highly desirable.

• Strong oral, presentation and written communication skills along with demonstrated high level of competence in Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required.

• Possession of a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) or Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) designation, certified from the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC), or a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) designation from the Institute of Supply Management, is desirable.

• Experience with Banner, or equivalent ERP systems, is strongly preferred.

(Each position requires a background check.)

To Apply:
In order to be considered for employment by Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) you must submit the following and send all documents within one PDF document to mailto: No submissions other than through e-mail will be accepted.

• A letter of interest addressing your qualifications for this position

• Current Resume

• Three (3) current professional references (including one who has served as an immediate supervisor)

Employment Application

Affirmative Action Form

Statement of Annuitant Status

• Copies of unofficial transcripts are accepted; however, official transcripts will be required of candidates selected for on-campus interviews.

In addition to the links provided above for the Employment Application (fillable), Affirmative Action Form and Statement of Annuitant Status, you can also obtain these forms at the NEIU Office of Human Resources, Bernard Office Building (BOB), 5555 N. Bernard Street, Chicago, Il 60625, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by December 8, 2017.

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as other qualified individuals. Northeastern Illinois University’s positions are contingent upon the University’s receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.

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