Ames Laboratory, a Department of Energy National Laboratory, seeks qualified candidates for the Director of Purchasing and Travel Services. The Director of Purchasing and Travel Services is responsible for providing leadership and technical expertise in the area of procurement and travel to Ames Laboratory. Ames Laboratory is operated through a contractual agreement with Iowa State University.
The purchasing processes performed by the division include, but are not limited to: the timely and economical acquisition of goods and services; ensuring negotiated procurements provide maximum value; administering research and construction subcontracts from pre-award analysis, through execution and closeout; administering the Laboratory's credit card and small business programs; and maintaining records. The Purchasing Director is responsible for self-assessing and continually improving processes, awarding to capable and reliable subcontractors, and taking appropriate measures to ensure the maintenance of the highest professional and ethical standards. In addition, this position will oversee the travel authorization for Ames Laboratory, requiring the balancing of many federal policies and guidance for foreign and domestic travel, including conference management. This position is responsible for managing compliance with requirements and implementing process improvements.
This position establishes policies and procedures for the purchasing and travel division to develop best practices and comply with DOE Prime Contract requirements in order to meet DOE's key performance indicators. In addition, this position includes hiring, supervising, training and evaluating staff to assure timely performance. It also oversees staff development and training to ensure high standards of professionalism, productivity and safety.
The ability to work with and manage the work of others while overseeing and completing multiple projects with critical deadlines is necessary for success in this position. Excellent verbal and written communication skills along with a strong consultative approach to customer services are needed in order to effectively communicate with various levels of the organizations of the Department of Energy, Iowa State University, Ames Laboratory, and external vendors and contractors. An outstanding business acumen is also needed for success in this position.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and 8 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 6 years of related experience; OR a Ph.D. or other professional degree and 3 years of related experience.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Related advanced degree (ex: MBA)
Experience in a Department of Energy (or similar) research/government organization.
Experience with the development and implementation of purchasing and/or travel policies and procedures
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com). Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.