Senior Buyer at The Ohio State University

Senior Buyer at The Ohio State University

Job Type
Posting Date
August 7, 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; works in conjunction with the contract administrator, commodity managers and analyst 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 makes suggestions for cost savings and process improvement projects using internal and/or external cross-functional teams to benefit the University. The Senior Buyer reports to the Senior Procurement Manager and also works cooperatively with Operational Purchasing, Delegated Buyers, Service Centers, Senior Buyers and Category Managers for University, Research and Medical Center.

Position Requirements

Bachelor's Degree, in Business Administration, Engineering, Information Sciences desired. Three years purchasing experience, ideally in Strategic Sourcing; 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. Strong Excel and PowerPoint skills.

Required Experience


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.

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The Office of Business and Finance's atmosphere is one of collaboration and inclusiveness, where differences in thought and experience are embraced and celebrated. 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.