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Senior Buyer

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Vice President-Info Technology
Department: Information Technology Acquisitions
Location: Blacksburg - Main Campus
Categories: Information Systems / Technology

Job Description

The objective of the Senior Buyer is to manage all phases of the procurement process in accordance with state laws, the Purchasing Manual for Institutions of Higher Education and their Vendors as well as university policies and procedures, while ensuring that all purchases are performed accurately and timely. The successful candidate will perform research and analysis to identify potential strategic contract opportunities.

Responsibilities include solicitation and establishment of contracts for a wide variety of Information Technology goods and services as requested by university departments utilizing a variety of complex procurement methods. The successful candidate will also have the ability to lead projects and work with key university personnel. This position also assists in managing the software license review requests and associated workflow and will have the ability to act as a liaison to other project teams, university departments, and contract vendors. Use of best business practices to continuously improve performance, compliance, efficiency and effectiveness are ongoing.

The role of Senior Buyer requires customer service skills and experience with active listening, problem-solving, and communication in support of approximately 133 individual campus offices and staff. This position is located in Blacksburg, VA with an opportunity to work a telework schedule.

Required Qualifications

- Advanced education in business administration or similar area or equivalent education and procurement experience
- Experience with all phases of competitive purchasing processes and procedures
- Experience in developing, awarding, and administering complex term contracts
- Experience with use of internal ERP and automated procurement systems (e-procurement) and report generation
- Demonstrated analytical, planning, and time management skills
- Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team
- Ability to conduct business with professionalism and diplomacy at all levels within the university as well as vendors, manufacturers, and contractors
- Strong communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

- Experience with purchasing IT products and services
- Working knowledge of Jaggaer/HokieMart purchasing module functionality
- Procurement experience in a higher education environment
- Working knowledge of Cobblestone Contract Management System
- Working knowledge of ServiceNow ticketing system
- Professional procurement certification is desired and will be expected to be achieved within two years of hire

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Brittany Kessler at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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