Chief Procurement Officer (504235)

  • California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office
  • Long Beach, California
  • Sep 28, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management Purchasing and Warehouse

Job Description


Chancellor's Office Statement

Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Chief Procurement Officer. The CSU Chancellor's Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Administrator IV

Position Information

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking a Chief Procurement Officer to facilitate the development of systemwide strategic sourcing contracts, systemwide P-cards programs and systemwide e-Procurement initiatives, facilitate systemwide implementation of Jaggaer and ensure good stewardship of the CSU resources. This critical role reports to the Executive Vice Chancellor/Chief Financial Officer (EVC/CFO) for the California State University.


Under the general direction of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial officer, the Chief Procurement Officer will:

-Work collaboratively as a change agent with Chief Administrative and Business Officers (CABO) on all campus procurement initiatives to create an innovative and responsive system of procurement that will drive savings.

-Collaborate with procurement leaders at the UC and FCCC systems to bundle spend as well as leverage existing centers-of-excellence, category expertise, and contracts throughout the CSU system.

-Develop a roadmap for progressive and incremental change across the entire supply chain by utilizing best practices in all aspects of procurement and end-to-end supply chain.

-Establish consistent contracting policies and procedures systemwide that comply with existing statewide laws, procedures, and regulations.

-Develop and implement policies on procurement to assure compliance with upcoming changes in statewide regulations, law and procedures.

-Roll out a procure-to-pay system across the CSU.

-Advocate on behalf of the CSU with external agencies, legislators and external stakeholders on all matters relating to procurement.

-Establish Chancellor's Office and systemwide metrics, cost savings, and measurable goals for procurement.

-Develop organizational capabilities for strategic sourcing from the systemwide strategic sourcing/ procurement office.

-Establish a true strategic and operational partnership with entire the procurement organization at the UC and FCCC systems.

-Develop and execute strategic sourcing initiatives, establish targets of cost savings with CABO at the CSU, and determine the overall financial impact.

-Develop and implement systemwide strategic partnerships, establish revenue generation and student benefit targets with campus CPOs, and other stakeholders at the CSU.

-Convey the existence of new strategic sourcing and partnership agreements to internal customers systemwide.

-Utilize spend analytics to convey a strategic vision to internal stakeholders and create a value proposition for strategic sourcing and bundling spend.

-Work closely with all internal stakeholders on any strategic sourcing initiatives. Include internal stakeholders early on for any initiatives that are launched.

-Increase adoption of a robust, efficient, and user-friendly systemwide e-Procurement program.

-Find synergies across the university and convey a future vision of a highly responsive customer service procurement organization.

-Develop and test pilot procurement programs on a few campuses prior to systemwide implementation.

-Be a trusted advisor and subject matter expert to campus Chief Procurement Officers, Directors of Procurement, CABO, EVC/CFO, as well as to the Office of the Chancellor.

-Establish both short-term and long-term financial targets for systemwide procurement savings in conjunction with the EVC/CFO. Measure and validate all savings across the system.

-Be a consistent change agent and advocate of strategic sourcing while collaborating with internal stakeholders.

-Build out an organization and infrastructure that is highly responsive to internal customers.


This position requires:

-Bachelor's degree required. MBA preferred. Advanced certification in procurement (CPM) would be an asset.

-Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience leading indirect procurement across complex organizations.

-Strong knowledge of vendor negotiations, competitive bidding, RFI, RFQ and RFP process, strategic sourcing, e-Procurement, procure-to-pay, and vendor management. Experience with Jaggaer would be beneficial.

-Track record of having refined a category-led (center-led) procurement infrastructure.

-Exceptional interpersonal skills (including active listening) in engaging internal and external stakeholders at all levels.

-Strong working knowledge of end-to-end procurement.

-Previous experience in implementing full cycle procure-to-pay systems.

-Adept at developing, utilizing spend analytics and sharing spend analytics with CABO.

-Consistent track record of being a successful change agent.

-Achieved significant transformational change in an organization that is complex with a highly decentralized spend in a regulated environment.

-Strong knowledge of ERP software.

-Highly knowledgeable of enhancing e-Procurement system.

-Seasoned in interacting with general counsel on contracts.

-Quantitative approach to the decision-making process.

-Understanding of how to drive change through metrics and spend analytics.

-Long track record of successfully engaging internal and external stakeholders as a trusted advisor at all levels.

-Extensive experience in managing P-card programs.

-Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

-Seasoned in coaching, recruiting new talent, and managing reports to achieve optimal performance.

-Adept at managing reports in highly complex organization.

-Executive presence with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.

-Passionate about the mission of public higher education.

-High degree of integrity and professionalism in all interactions.

-Articulate communicator. Seasoned in public speaking with very large groups.

-Inspirational and motivational approach to leading transformational change.

-Highly strategic thinker.

-Represent the Office of the Chancellor in a highly professional way.

-Excellent skills in being an advocate on the CSU's behalf with external stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications

-Experience developing and implementing strategic partnerships is preferred.

-Experience managing a minimum spend of $300 million is preferred.

Application Period

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by September 13, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the job posting is removed.

How To Apply

Please click "Apply Now" to complete the California State University, Chancellor's Office online employment application. Please also upload and submit a cover letter highlighting your experience to include but not limited to progressive experience leading indirect procurement across complex organizations, facilitating the development of strategic sourcing contracts, procure-to pay, e-Procurement initiatives, vendor negotiations, vendor management, and other applicable experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager at (562) 951-4070.

Title IX

Please view the Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator at:


This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are legally authorized to work in the United States.

COVID19 Vaccination Requirement

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The systemwide policy can be found at

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Conflict of Interest

The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, and on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.


The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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