Company: University of Southern California
Location: Los Angeles
Posted on: January 16, 2022
Capitalizing on 140 years of history and tradition in downtown
Los Angeles, USC is poised to take its place as the preeminent
research institution of the 21st century. We are looking for
skilled, motivated professionals to help forge the future of higher
The University of Southern California (USC) Finance Division -
Business Services is seeking an experienced Buyer II to join its
Purchasing Services team.
About the Opportunity:
This position is a key member of the Procurement Services team and
is responsible for executing day-to-day procurement activities
which include collaboration with university departments and
suppliers, contract review, negotiations, issue resolution, risk
mitigation, supplier performance management, and assisting with
strategic sourcing initiatives. The buyer serves as the key link
between USC departments and suppliers to ensure a seamless flow of
goods and services to support university demands and
Preferred candidates for the position of Buyer II will meet the
* Bachelor's Degree (Business or related field is preferred)
* 2 years of procurement experience (3+ years of procurement
* Procurement certification (i.e. CPM) is preferred
* Knowledge of procurement regulations, and practices
* ERP system knowledge
* Strong communication (written & verbal)
* Exceptional time management, organization, and prioritization
* Superior customer service and adaptability to changing
* Outstanding conflict resolution and ability to effectively work
in a team environment
* Ability to negotiate and influence others
* Strong relationship building
* Excellent analytical & research skills
* Proficient in Microsoft Office suite products (i.e. word, excel,
* Manages and supervises the daily operation of the Procurement
department. Supervises all assigned subordinate staff. Recruits,
screens, hires, and trains staff. Evaluates performance and
provides guidance and feedback to assigned staff. Counsels,
disciplines and/or terminates employees, as required. Partners with
university campus departments to ensure procurement cycle is
performed efficiently, with quality and within university policy
and government regulations.
* Responsible for the complete procurement process. Procurement
responsibilities could cover a broad range of categories, including
goods, services, professional services, and independent
contractors. Must have a basic understanding of the general
procurement process, including complex bid solicitations,
deliverable schedules, and e-procurement ordering and payment
* Advises all levels of faculty and/or staff regarding purchase and
supply requirements, specifications, quantity and quality of
merchandise and delivery needs. Assists in obtaining proper
specifications, quotations, delivery terms and costs. Explores and
recommends alternatives to save money or improve delivery.
* Solicits and analyzes quotations for new or nonstandard items.
Recommends or approves awarding of contracts or purchase orders.
Places purchase orders based on assigned authorization or signing
* Surveys vendors regarding pricing, availability and delivery
times to determine best and/or possible new supply sources.
* Performs year-end review of maintenance contracts, standard
contract items and licensing agreements for renewal or
renegotiation. Negotiates contracts and price agreements to enhance
cost savings and quality of service.
* Bids and negotiates long-term contracts of unlimited amounts for
repetitively purchased items.
* Researches and resolves problems with vendors and university
departments to facilitate the purchasing process.
* Ensures purchases comply with internal and external requirements
and regulations as well as good purchasing practice. Provides
information to faculty and staff on government restrictions and
regulations and university policy and procedures related to
* Maintains proficiency in automated systems used for purchasing
functions such as inventory control, vendor contract information,
cost control and bid analysis.
* Maintains currency on latest products and trends by reading trade
publications, attending seminars and trade shows, and developing
and maintaining vendor contacts.
* Ensure assigned purchase orders are processed with proper terms &
conditions and within university policy & procedures.
* Maintain positive collaboration with Strategic Sourcing team on
day to day efforts required for implementing sourcing initiatives
and supplier performance.
USC is a leading private research university located in Los Angeles
- a global center for arts, technology and international business.
As the city's largest private employer, we offer the opportunity to
work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a
broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic
schools and units. As a USC employee, you will enjoy excellent
benefits and perks, and you will be a member of the Trojan Family -
the faculty, staff, students and alumni who make USC a great place
The USC department of Business Services is responsible for
purchasing and paying for goods and services on behalf of the
university and for processing purchases and payments in compliance
with policies set forth by the university, sponsored projects, the
Internal Revenue Service, and the California Department of Tax and
Fee Administration. The USC Finance Division - Business Services
values Accountability, Teamwork, Open Communication, Integrity, and
Opportunities for Growth & Professional Development. Learn more
about USC Business Services at:
The University of Southern California values diversity and is
committed to equal opportunity in employment.
Join us - apply today!
Minimum Education: Associate's Degree. Combined
experience/education as substitute for minimum education.
Minimum Experience: 2 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Strong knowledge of specialized field
USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status,
disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC
policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants
with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the
requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring
ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and
employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access
or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the
application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by
phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at email@example.com. Inquiries
will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.
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