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Procurement Specialist

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 04/16/2018
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 06/16/2018
Working Title Procurement Specialist
Job Classification Buyer IV
Department Name 02070-Purchasing Services
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0011707
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

The Procurement Specialist will work in the Purchasing Services Department and will manage and award a select number of University-wide contracts and commodities/categories.

The individual will sign or review and recommend for signature contracts for an assigned set of University departments.

The incumbent will also act as the primary liaison to an assigned set of University departments.

This includes:

- Meeting and educating all levels of University personnel, including Deans, Directors, and Department Heads.

-Evaluating client needs, identifying and researching relevant information, and making appropriate recommendations for the acquisition of goods and services, especially acquisitions that are large-scale, complex, and/or of a specialized nature.

- Directly assisting clients to develop purchasing strategies, including identifying opportunities for cost savings as well as improved products/services, supplier management, and business processes.

- Analyzing purchasing patterns as well as preparing and authorizing cost studies and analyses. As needed, this person will facilitate the development of complete Statements of Work (S.O.W.), ensuring that specifications and requirements for acquisitions are adequately detailed.

- Working with Payment Processing to resolve any payment, posting and other issues.

Education Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 3-5 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.

A JD or engineering degree is also desirable.

C.P.M. or CPSM certification is required or attainment of CPSM within one year of the start of employment.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check.
Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time
Percent Effort 100
Scheduled Work Hours Work Schedule to Vary
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify

M – F, 6:30 am – 5:30 pm with core hours of 9:00 – 3:00

If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
Campus Pittsburgh
University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree or will have completed one by the end of this current term?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
    • Career Development Center (CDC)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)
    • Currently a University Employee
    • Pitt Career Services
    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
    • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below
    • Internet Search
    • Other: (Please specify below)
  3. Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents