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The University of British Columbia
Strategic Sourcing Specialist – IT

Located on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Coast Salish, and Okanagan peoples, the University of British Columbia (UBC) is one of the world’s leading universities and is a global centre for research and teaching. Consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world, UBC currently places 32nd in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Between UBC’s two main campuses (Metro Vancouver and the Okanagan Valley) its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students (59,600), staff (10,100) and faculty (5,100) to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to define ideas that change the world. 

The Strategic Sourcing Specialist – IT is a newly created position that will lead complex procurement and contract management processes for UBC’s Information Technology group, supporting the UBC system as a whole. The successful incumbent will be responsible for strategic sourcing activities of high and/or unusual technical and analytical complexity, and will act as a key contact for technology related contract and strategic sourcing activities estimated in excess of $100M - $200M annually. The role will also manage risk exposure of the technology spend. Working with the Supply Management and the Information Technology functional area, the position will develop procurement strategies that result in overall value to the University. Additionally, this position manages the contract negotiation and execution process, resolving problems, mitigating delays, mediating disputes and escalating issues.

As the successful incumbent, you are a strategic sourcing professional who possesses experience in the technology sector, including emerging technologies and new technology delivery mechanisms such as software as service (SaaS). You have gained your experience in large, complex, multi-stakeholder environments and have been involved in enterprise-wide initiatives that include multiple and often disparate stakeholders and end-users. Ideally, you bring experience managing SaaS contracts in particular, and understand the financial implications of that model, as well as the unique contract management requirements. Your experience is augmented by a Bachelor’s degree in commerce or a related field. A Master’s degree and/or a nationally recognized purchasing certification would be preferred.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. The University welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

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