Director, Procurement

Posted by: Simons Foundation

New York, NY, US


The Director, Procurement will build and lead Simons Foundation’s procurement function, providing leadership and oversight for procurement operations across the organization while building and maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders and key suppliers. The Director, Procurement will direct and effectively administer centralized procurement, contracting, and partner with financial operations and accounts payable. S/he will be responsible for Simons Foundation’s procurement portfolio. The Director, Procurement will support the organization; guide staff on the various “best practice” procurement methodologies including evaluation and selection processes which will achieve the Foundation’s goals; and partner with program administrators through all aspects of contract administration.


  • Develop and coordinate new policies and procedures regarding procurement processes
  • Conduct analysis of program policies and procedures, develop plans, formulate guidelines, implement new developments and procedures, and provide policy interpretation to departments to ensure guideline compliance
  • Research and identify Procure to Pay (P2P) system to manage information, policies, and procedures relating to the acquisition of goods, services and contingent labor for organization
  • Implement P2P system, acting as project manager overseeing both consultants and in-house staff required to launch system
  • Manage ongoing P2P system upgrades and enhancements, and oversee the automation and testing of procurement software
  • Build and manage procurement team as necessary to support the growing needs of the organization
  • Oversee contract negotiations with vendors/suppliers, including bidding and selection
  • Deliver presentations and reports to leadership regarding strategy, recommendations, and results
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal stakeholders and key suppliers to be proactive in anticipating procurement requirements
  • Monitor approval of accounts to maintain an appropriate degree of oversight of vendor relationships
  • Review, approve and oversee procurement transactions to ensure compliance in consultation with legal counsel
  • Make recommendations designed to reduce costs and update systems
  • Perform any other duties or tasks as assigned or required



  • Bachelor’s degree required; relevant advanced degree, professional licensure, or certification is preferred


  • At least ten years of progressively responsible large-scale professional service contracting, procurement and purchasing management experience is required

Related Skills & Other Requirements

The ideal candidate will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Knowledge of private foundation policies, procedures, rules, and regulations is strongly preferred
  • Experience developing and overseeing workflows using financial systems including related financial and accounting applications for life-cycle procurement functions
  • Detail-oriented and accurate with strong quantitative, financial, critical analysis, evaluation and research skills
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, plus negotiation and presentation skills
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to establish plans, manage a large workload, multiple assignments, conflicting priorities and meet deadlines
  • Work effectively individually and collaboratively with diverse stakeholders of various organizational levels
  • Advanced proficiency using financial and database applications and systems

The Simons Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V.

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