​Director of Purchasing and Materials Management

Menomonie, Wisconsin
Jan 17, 2019
Feb 16, 2019
Employment Status
Full Time


The Director of Purchasing and Materials Management is the University's agent for acquiring all materials, services, supplies, equipment, and provides leadership and direction through management of a comprehensive program of procurement, inventory, and materials control activities including purchasing, mail services, printing services, surplus property, shipping & receiving, and contract administration. The Director is responsible for planning and directing the activities of these University programs. The Director supports University users and develops policies and procedures to establish and maintain legal compliance, financial accountability, physical control and effective resource utilization for assigned programs. The Director represents the University in negotiations or awarding contracts with authority to obligate physical and financial resources and reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Business & Financial Services.


Minimum / Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in management, business, economics, or an applied science area, or in lieu of a bachelor’s degree, an industry recognized certification in procurement and supply chain management
  • 5 or more years of related experience, with at least 2 years of supervisory experience

Highly Desired

  • Experience in a higher education or state agency procurement environment
  • Results-oriented, metrics-driven leader
  • Strong ability to partner with stakeholders to ensure optimal outcomes
  • Thorough understanding of and commitment to the goals and responsibilities of a centralized university procurement and materials management concept


The department of Purchasing & Materials Management is responsible for procurement of goods and services, printing services, mail services, central shipping & receiving, and surplus inventory. Purchasing & Materials Management is a department with the unit of Business & Financial Services.


The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the system--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences and a solid liberal arts foundation.

UW-Stout offers 48 undergraduate and 26 graduate degrees, including two terminal degrees. Student enrollment is just over 9,500.

UW-Stout faculty enjoy opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry, and faculty are encouraged to maintain strong ties and seek collaborative projects within their disciplines and industries.

All undergraduate students participating in traditional, on campus-based programs are issued laptops. Faculty use the university’s online course delivery system and must be available for online interactions and/or alternate time frames for teaching. Faculty members teach, advise students, conduct research, assess student learning and engage in service activities.

Menomonie, Wisconsin, is a town of 16,000 located in the beautiful Chippewa River Valley, 25 miles west of Eau Claire and 60 miles east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

More information about the UW-Stout community and region: http://www.uwstout.edu/about/community.cfm. Facts and data about the university:  http://www.uwstout.edu/about/facts.cfm.


Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities.

An offer of employment is contingent upon the final candidate passing a criminal background check and a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

For campus safety information and crime statistics visit: http://www.uwstout.edu/police/clery.cfm


Go to: http://jobs.uwstout.edu/  

Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications
  2. Resume
  3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references
  4. Unofficial copies of transcripts (if applicable); official transcripts required at time of hire

To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by February 10, 2019.  Applications may continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:

Search Chair:  Tracey Bauer

Email: bauertra@uwstout.edu

If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all of the required application materials, please contact:

Search Coordinator: Sherri Shope

Email: shopes@uwstout.edu

Before starting the online application process we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at: https://kb.wisc.edu/hrs/page.php?id=21900