Commodity Manager at The Ohio State University

Commodity Manager at The Ohio State University

Job Type
Posting Date
December 26, 2018
Location of Position

Columbus, OH

Company Summary

For 144 years, The Ohio State University's campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. It's where friendships are forged. It's where rivalries and revelry are born.

The university's main campus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio's best and one of the nation's top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.

Duties and Responsibilities

Responsible for leveraging the assigned University's spend by establishing best value contracts for the enterprise.  Duties include: researching suppliers across the marketplace, defining specifications, sourcing and spend management strategies; soliciting, evaluating and awarding bids for goods and services that leverage enterprise-wide spend; works in conjunction with the contract administrator, senior buyers and analysts to conduct front-end strategic assessment of business best-value service and opportunities, proposal preparation, negotiation and award of contracts; establishes, tracks and monitors supplier performance standards; identifies and leads category cost savings and process improvement projects using internal and/or external cross-functional teams to benefit the University enterprise-wide; champions strategic sourcing initiatives and coordinates expertise to drive the entire procure to pay process; responsible for taking available data and analyzing for “ideal” state outcomes; collaborates with internal customers and suppliers to develop and manage continuous improvement programs; address quality, delivery, service and price.

Position Requirements


Experience in a procurement position for a large and complex organization; experience with e-procurement, Ariba and PeopleSoft, or similar procurement software, tools and technology (i.e. electronic bidding, reverse auctions etc); experience with bid and trend analysis; business writing skills; ability to drive results; creative problem-solving skills

Required Experience

Bachelor's degree in business, finance, supply chain management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Seven or more years of purchasing or other procurement experience; ability to work independently with minimal oversight; ability to successfully lead projects and negotiate with cross-functional teams and suppliers; ability to multi-task; self-starter; think proactively; demonstrated experience creating best value bids for a variety of products/services; experience performing data analysis; excellent interpersonal, presentation, and written and verbal communication skills. Proficient in Microsoft Office products especially strong excel skills.

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The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.