Under the general direction of the University Director of Procurement Contracting & Compliance, the Associate Vice President for University Business Services & Chief Procurement Officer and/or designated administrator, the Procurement Services Senior Specialist is responsible for the oversight and administration of all contracting activities relating to the capital construction program for all University of Connecticut campuses, including UConn Health in Farmington
The Senior Contract Specialist is accountable for performing and managing the most complex tasks in their area of expertise with a primary focus on construction and related professional services. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to drafting, negotiation, and review of procurement and contractual documentation, agreements and reports; utilizes the University’s contract management system to upload, monitor and track vendor agreements and contract status; analyze technical data, i.e. product and pricing information; establishes and maintains contractual templates/language libraries; establishes internal contracting procedures; conducts training seminars for staff pertaining to compliance; develops and maintains necessary requisite knowledge of contracting and procurement law, principles and practices; and serves as a primary liaison with the Office of the General Counsel, Office of the Attorney General (when required), outside legal counsel and senior University administrators and officials.
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Business or appropriately related discipline, and six years’ professional experience in contract law, purchasing/procurement, or as legal counsel, paralegal, legal assistant, law clerk or similar in a comparable environment OR an equivalency of relevant experience which includes at least nine years’ professional experience in contract law, purchasing/procurement contracts, or as legal counsel, paralegal, legal assistant, law clerk or similar in a comparable environment.
Knowledge of contract theory, principles, law and applicable federal and state procurement statutes, policies and regulations.
Extensive experience and proven ability to negotiate, administer and supervise complex procurement, design and construction related contracting documents.
General working knowledge of accepted procurement and construction practices used in a wide range of varying and unique commodity groups and/or services.
Ability to assess organization’s needs, communicate those needs to the vendor community, negotiate as needed, and evaluate contracts to determine technical compliance.
Demonstrated ability to identify and resolve complex contractual issues efficiently, effectively and independently.
Strong supervisory, leadership, organizational, project management and planning skills with the ability to meet deadlines and facilitate solutions in a fast-paced environment.
Strong interpersonal and persuasive skills with the ability to work effectively with all levels of employees and management.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Excellent computer skills with strong technical skills to work with multiple software programs including Microsoft Office.Knowledge of contract management systems (e.g., Legal Files) and automated procurement systems (e.g., Jaggaer).
Dependable transportation and ability to travel to all University campuses and/or visit suppliers in support of University initiatives as needed.
Ability to develop, execute and manage complex contracting strategies with the goal to include cost-savings and increased efficiencies pertaining to administration and operations efforts as it relates to construction and professional services.
Membership and active participation in a professional contracting association such as National Contract Management Association (NCMA) or other relevant professional organization.
Experience with contracting in State of Connecticut for construction and professional services.
This is a full-time position based in Storrs, Connecticut. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn and a highly desirable work environment. Salary is dependent upon education, qualifications, and experience.
Please apply online at www.jobs.uconn.edu, Staff Positions, Search #2020291. Interested candidates please include a letter of application, resume, and contact information for three (3) professional references, including one reference from current place of employment. Screening will begin immediately.
Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2020291)
This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on December 13, 2019.
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