Sep 18, 2019
The Nature Conservancy OFFICE LOCATION Arlington, Virginia, USA AA100 A LITTLE ABOUT US Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter. The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond. YOUR POSITION WITH TNC The Buyer is responsible for identifying and procuring the goods and services that an organization requires. They identify external material needs of the organization, find suppliers who can supply these goods, negotiate for prices and arrange for the purchase and delivery of the goods or service. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The role of this position is to support, follow, and implement the procurement activities at TNC, focusing on the complete lifecycle ("Source to Award to Manage to Recycle") of the commodity s/he will manage. The Buyer will work closely with the Associate Director of Procurement & Contracts on negotiating the purchasing agreements, procurement process and ordering logistics Conservancy staff will follow when making purchase acquisitions of the products and services s/he will be assigned. S/he will also review different agreements such as software license terms & conditions, maintenance/support agreements, purchasing program terms, etc., and with the guidance from the Associate Director of Procurement & Contracts, provide recommended redline changes and comments of such agreements to the vendor. While the primary responsibility in this position is for IT related commodities, the person in this role will be asked to support other commodities, as needed. The right candidate must show proven experience is researching the different commodities assigned and become knowledgeable in the different procurement methods and agreements of such commodities. A knowledge in non-profit purchase programs is preferred. As the majority of the commodities being assigned with be in the IT space, the right candidate will also have knowledge and experience in IT asset lifecycle and experience using an asset management system. The Buyer works directly with the Associate Director of IT Procurement & Contracts and their internal customers' requirements to implement, co-ordinate and prioritize projects and tasks. In performing the duties, the individual needs to be able to work independently, communicate effectively, be able to work on multiple tasks and have excellent organizational skills. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE Manage the complete lifecycle on assigned commodities. Manages vendors associated with assigned commodities. Negotiates purchasing agreements and pricing for assigned commodities. Coordinates RFP and other procurement related projects and duties as assigned. Ensures TNC policies and procedures, financial standards and legal requirements are met and managed for compliance. Reinforces consistency in the organization's policies and procedures and provides support related to relevant field. Travel requirements are minimum (<25% of time) except for the 1st three months of hire as travel may be up to 50% or more for training purposes MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Supplier Management or related field and 3 years related experience or equivalent combination of education & experience. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Experience with accounting/financial issues and analysis. Ability to manipulate, analyze and interpret data. Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Excel and Word. Strong organizational skills. Accuracy, attention to detail and the ability to multi-task. Non-profit procurement experience. Understanding of the complete lifecycle process of goods. Experience with using the different RFx tools available for solicitation and negotiations with vendors. Experience with the use of purchase orders, SOWs, MLAs, MSAs and familiarity with their contract terms HOW TO APPLY To apply to position number 48027, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 17, 2019. Click "submit" to apply for the position or "save for later" to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration. If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact email@example.com . The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law. The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.
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