ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF PROCUREMENT OFFICER
Location: Oakland Job ID: 17059
The University of California (UC) is the world's leading public research university system. With 10 campuses, 5 medical centers, 3 national labs, and a network of agricultural and natural research centers, the UC system includes 280,000+ students and 227,000+ faculty and staff, with 2 million alumni living all around the world. The only world-class public research university for, by, and of California, UC is committed to fostering innovation, championing sustainability, being a model for educational opportunity, and providing needed public services and spaces to California.
The Office of the President is the system-wide headquarters of the University, managing its fiscal and business operations, and furthering its public interest, academic, and research missions. It supports campuses and students through system-wide funding and programs; manages the University's multi-billion-dollar operations and investments; oversees medical centers and national labs; provides centralized labor relations and legal services; and promotes the well-being of its diverse and large workforce through benefits and retirement programs. The Office of the President coordinates activities that allow a complex and unique system to operate efficiently as one university, overseeing and managing programs that serve the entire system, and enabling campuses to capture the savings and efficiencies that come from centralized operations.
Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer of the University, the Associate Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) oversees a team of approximately 50 people. UC Procurement is transforming how the University purchases goods and services to maximize benefit to the system while improving quality and service to its campus partners. UC Procurement leverages its vast purchasing power to optimize University spend by using a system-wide approach, while considering individual campus needs. UC Procurement partners with campus procurement teams to standardize policies, practices, and agreements to make it easier to do business with the University. The CPO provides vision, leadership, and direction to support the achievement of UC's supply chain mission and strategic objectives.
This is an opportunity to build upon the significant achievements of UC Procurement to realize greater savings and deliver increased revenues to serve the mission of the University. The CPO will have the vision, diplomacy, dexterity, and drive to engage and motivate teams across a diverse and distributed system. This leader's success will be predicated upon the ability to build effective and trusted working relationships, influence and motivate others, and focus on delivering results. The opportunity is to advance an entrepreneurial vision for procurement and supply chain, leverage the power of the University's brand, collaboratively align priorities, identify and realize opportunities, mitigate risks, and achieve significant, measurable results.
Success in this role will benefit the University, its suppliers, local economies, and the general public. In addition to enhancing efficiency across the University, it has the potential to deepen the University's connections to small, local businesses with diverse leadership, to maintain established supplier relationships, and to ensure procurement practices are equitable and transparent. It can assist local economies in achieving procurement savings, and it can advance environmental sustainability and social impact.
The Associate Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer will have 15 or more years of progressively increasing responsibility and experience leading teams in supply chain management, procurement, and/or another related field in a large higher education system, public sector entity, or complex private sector organization. The CPO will possess strong knowledge of supply chain, strategic sourcing, category management, supplier management, supplier risk management, contract management, procurement operations, procurement policy, and budgeting and procurement strategy/planning. With strong knowledge of analytics and metric-driven performance, this leader will have demonstrated success in leading large and diverse teams through change and through long-term performance improvement initiatives. The CPO will have technical training and certification from either National Association of Purchasing Managers or Institute for Supply Management (CPSM, CPM).
Collaborative and able to influence others to coalesce around shared goals, the CPO will have the capacity to operate successfully in a large, complex environment. As a steward of the public trust, the Chief Procurement Officer will be motivated by public service, by the University's mission, and by its values - ethical behavior, inclusiveness, treating each other with respect, accountability, transparency, aiming to be the best at what it does, and valuing and encouraging open dialogue.
Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. Position applications and nominations are currently being accepted. To view the complete position profile and the application information, please see: https://caldwell.thriveapp.ly/job/961. The University of California has retained Caldwell Partners, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
About University of California Office of the President
The Office of the President is the systemwide headquarters of the University of California, managing its fiscal and business operations and supporting the academic and research missions across its campuses, labs and medical centers.