Within the context of a career, Purchasing recognizes the dynamic interaction of various organizational business management functions with each other (see Career Bands) and with the teaching, research and service objectives of the organization.  Purchasing interacts with all academic, research, patient care, student services and business operations of the University. To succeed in this career field, typical requirements for the Purchasing professional include:

  1. Business Capabilities – Demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the business of an organization or unit.
  2. State of the Art Purchasing Practices – Demonstrating updated competencies in functional areas (Career Bands).
  3. Management of Change – Managing change processes so that Purchasing activities are effectively merged with the business needs of the organization.
  4. Dynamic Design – Development of short and long-range purchasing/procurement controls, analysis and plans for the campuses.

The ability for a Purchasing professional to integrate these four elements in an academic, research, health system or business environment is essential. By helping their organizations build a sustained competitive advantage and by learning to manage many activities well, Purchasing staff members become strategic business partners.

Jobs in this Career Family deal with the requisition, receipt, storage and distribution of vendor products. Typical functions include vendor selection, order inventory, inventory control, warehousing/stock keeping, product evaluation, vendor relations, product distribution, etc.