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UT Health Director of Procurement Services in Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Director of Procurement Services

Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas


UTHealth Administration

Requisition #: 210002UA


Position Summary

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) seeks an innovative, collaborative and skilled negotiator to serve as the Director of Procurement Services. Reporting directly to the Assistant Vice President of Supply Chain Management, the next Director will join a synergetic team of professionals including central procurement, sourcing and contract management, procurement card management and purchasing services. This key role is vacant due to an upcoming retirement.

Currently, the Director manages a team of 21 FTEs, with 4 FTE direct reports and has fiduciary responsibility of $400 million in annual spending for UTHealth Houston, including the faculty practice plan for McGovern Medical School, UT Physicians. With considerable growth over the years, UT Physicians now employs more than 2,000 clinicians in more than 80 medical specialties and subspecialties.

At UTHealth Houston, the supply chain management department advances the strategic objectives of the university by delivering excellence and resilience in procurement services through their four cornerstones of success: C ustomer Service, C ollaboration, C ompliance, and C onsistency.

Position Key Accountabilities

  1. Provides progressive leadership and change management for procurement activities with significant visibility throughout the institution, including the Board of Regents and University and campus leadership.

  2. Creates and maintains a successful and highly productive customer service-oriented environment focusing on the people, teamwork, customer needs, business practices, and exemplary communication.

  3. Assists in implementing organizational development/realignment efforts to meet the needs of a strategic and customer-oriented procurement initiative.

  4. Collaborates extensively with researchers, faculty, staff and students to ensure that the procurement services department consistently meets the needs of the University.

  5. Develops and applies a shared vision for procurement services across operating units that emphasizes the value of a cohesive procurement life cycle (procure to pay) process.

  6. Expands and directs the activities to maximize cost-savings, improve customer satisfaction, produce administrative efficiencies, mitigate risk and comply with complex policies and external oversight at the System, State, and Federal levels. Utilizes best practice procurement principles to secure optimal pricing for University customers while maintaining positive vendor relationships.

  7. Assists in developing and engaging e-procurement users to expand the adoption of the system in the further implementation of an enterprise-wide initiative. Supports and leads the effort to determine the efficacy of developing a single requisitioning system for all campus users.

  8. in consultation with HUB and Small Business Manager, develops strategies to increase utilization of and engagement with Historically Underutilized Businesses.

  9. Manages Human Resources activities for direct reports in regards to: recruiting and selection; hiring and termination, training, development, mentoring, counseling, performance evaluations, and salary planning.

  10. Responsible for the design, execution and effectiveness of a system of internal controls which provides reasonable assurance that operations are effective and efficient, assets are safeguarded; financial information is reliable and compliant with applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures.

  11. Performs other duties as assigned.


Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO), Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) preferred.

Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with academic leaders, faculty, staff, students and vendors; and proven track record of strong leadership, management, and business acumen.

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Supply Chain, Business or related Field. Master’s degree in Business Administration or related field preferred.

Minimum Experience

Eight (8) years of progressive management experience in the procurement profession, with a demonstrated ability to provide leadership and management with an environment that is large, complex and interdisciplinary; proven experience of leading and transforming procurement services to ensure the capture of the greatest value to the organization.

Preferred qualifications include: experience implementing a change management program that resulted in costs savings; demonstrate knowledge of superior customer service standards and practices and the ability to establish; understanding of Texas procurement law; background in process reengineering and/or continuous improvement; demonstrated ability to use technology in order to create efficiencies in business processes; and experience in supply chain management.

Physical Requirements

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

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