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Buyer/Procurement Specialist

University of Maryland

Job Description

Position Number:




Functional Title:

Buyer/Procurement Specialist

Category Status:

33-Exempt Regular

Applicant Search Category:


University Authorized FTE:



VPA-Procurement and Strategic Sourcing

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

We are looking for a motivated and experienced Procurement Specialist/Buyer to join our team! Under the guidance of the Director of Procurement & Strategic Sourcing, the Procurement Specialist/Buyer will be responsible for conducting the procurement process, including sourcing, conducting competitive solicitations and managing evaluation committees, contract management, contract review, negotiation, and preparation and completion of contracts and purchase orders. In addition, the Procurement Specialist/Buyer is responsible for ensuring that commitments to customers are met in an efficient and timely manner.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university.

  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible related professional experience.

Knowledge , Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to conduct effective negotiations for the most complex and difficult contracts and contract modifications and claims with the ability to maintain the proper degree of business equity when dealing with private industry and in seeking University management approvals.
  • Ability to lead the University negotiating teams in negotiating prices, terms, and conditions and settlement of competitively negotiated contracts for the resolution of complex change orders and claims.
  • Dispute resolution skills in negotiation, mediation, arbitration, litigation, and other remedies.
  • Skill in financial and quantitative analysis to analyze contractor financial statements and perform extensive data analysis including review of cost breakdowns to determine reasonableness.
  • In-depth knowledge of various types of contracts, methods of contracting, and selection factors to plan appropriate strategies to procure complex requirements.
  • In-depth knowledge of contractual techniques when changes in the technical requirements, design concepts, etc. are required, i.e., development of new terms and conditions or other innovations necessary to satisfy a unique procurement requirement or condition.
  • Knowledge of purchasing automated data processing applications.

Job Risks

Not Applicable to This Position

Physical Demands

This is primarily a sedentary position involving extensive use of desktop computers. The position occasionally requires walking some distance to attend meetings and programs. Limited off-campus travel is required.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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