The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Chief Procurement Officer (CPO). The Chief Procurement Officer provides leadership, direction and management of UCLA Campus Purchasing & Payables as it provides procurement, strategic sourcing services, and Business Contracts/revenue agreement negotiation to the campus and all non-payroll disbursement services to the campus, UCOP, and UC Merced. UCLA’s CPO also collaborates with other CPOs across the UC system in leveraging system-wide spend. The position works independently to establish strategies, controls, processes, policies, and procedures and consults with the Associate Vice Chancellor/Controller and other UC leadership as appropriate. He/She with lead and/or participate in significant projects system-wide in collaboration with the UC Chief Procurement Officer, others at the Office of the President and campus peers to drive Purchasing and Payables best practices and cost savings across the UC system.
The Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing units identify sources, competitively bid and negotiate pricing, terms and conditions, establish price reasonableness and award contracts for goods and services, including consulting and government subcontracts, leveraging approximately $1.2 billion in annual expenditures. The Strategic Sourcing program is a major campus-wide program designed to streamline procurement processes, leverage buying power through strategic alliances and drive electronic procurement. Construction contracting and purchasing for the UCLA Medical Center are handled by other organizations at UCLA.
Accounts Payable (AP) supports the UCLA campus, UCOP, and UC Merced by receiving invoices and making disbursements for the purchase of goods and services, including construction activity, processing over 800,000 invoices and disbursing $1.5 billion annually. AP makes payments by electronic funds transfer, virtual credit card, check and wire transfer. AP maintains the official accounting records in support of disbursements and the internal control structure in accordance with system-wide guidelines, regulatory requirements, sound business practices, and generally accepted accounting principles. As the leader of Campus Purchasing and Accounts Payable, this position is the business owner for purchase-to-pay technology, including the implementation of the P2P modules of Oracle Cloud Financials (slated to go live July 2021). The combined organization consists of a staff of 67 with an annual operating budget of $9 million, and generates roughly $7 million in annual incentive revenues, including patronage incentives, prompt pay discounts, and credit card program incentives.
UCLA seeks a dynamic and innovative CPO with extensive work experience, expertise and leadership responsibility in the procure-to-pay cycle at a large, complex entity. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated ability to establish and manage, directly and through subordinates, effective supplier relationships and performance expectations for strategic and alliance suppliers, consortiums and other suppliers; demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic planning processes, benchmarking, and organizational performance measures to drive operational improvement; demonstrated ability to apply technology in improving organizational effectiveness and enhancing productivity; excellent project management skills demonstrated by the successful implementation of a project at a large and complex organization; demonstrated strong personnel leadership; excellent relationship management abilities; high level of professionalism and integrity with a demonstrated ability to gain confidence at all levels; demonstrated ability to effectively interface, negotiate and exchange ideas, information and opinions with a variety of campus units and stakeholders; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively across all levels. Preference will be given to individuals holding an MBA plus C.P.M. or CPSM, and/or CPA certification.
Situated on 419 acres, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, UCLA is enriched by the cultural diversity of the dynamic greater Los Angeles area, as well as the geographic advantages of Southern California. One of the world’s preeminent public research universities, UCLA is an international leader in breadth and quality of academic, research, health care, wellness, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs, with more than 4,300 faculty members who teach approximately 45,000 students in the College of Letters and Science and 12 professional schools. UCLA is consistently ranked among the top institutions nationally for research funding, and has averaged nearly $1 billion annually in competitively-awarded research grants and contracts since 2010.
Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. To be ensured full consideration, please email a letter of interest and resume to UCLA’s Korn Ferry search consultants at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by November 8th, 2019.
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, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.
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