Director, Purchasing

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Deadline February 28, 2014
Date Posted January 30, 2014
Type Executive
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The UW-Madison Business Services Division is currently recruiting for Director-Purchasing. This position reports to the to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Business Services, this position is a key member of the Business Services leadership team and is responsible for university-wide purchasing functions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For additional information on Business Services Division go to:


The Purchasing Director is responsible for planning and directing the activities of the Universitys strategic purchasing programs in support of administrative, faculty and student users.  Strategic programs include sustainability practices in specification and development, as well as strategic sourcing principles of consolidation, standardization, and substitution to reduce campus-wide costs. The Purchasing Director also manages and directs the acquisition and disposal of all materials, services, supplies and equipment across the University.  This also includes the management of a UW System-wide e-commerce system and an off-site central distribution, storage and surplus property center.  UW-Madison is a world-class research institution with approximately 43,000 students, 22,000 employees, and a total annual budget in excess of $2.8 billion.  The Purchasing Director supervises approximately 50 staff and purchases of goods, services and equipment of approximately $600 million annually.


Qualified applicants will have seven years of procurement management, analytics, planning, supply chain or other related experience, including four years in a supervisory capacity, or a satisfactory equivalent combination of education/experience; excellent written and verbal communication skills; experience developing and monitoring budgets; and proficiency with MS Office.


Salary is negotiable.  This position is eligible for the State of Wisconsin benefits package. 


Interested applicants should submit Curriculum Vitae and letter of interested referring to PVL#78360



Application deadline: February 28, 2014. Applications or questions can be directed to Meghna Shah at 608-263-2650 or


Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. Finalist cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.


UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.