Senior Buyer

Position Information

Position Information

Department Purchasing and Accounts Payable
Alternate Department Description
Criminal Background Check Standard Background Check, Financial Background Check
Motor Vehicle Background Check No
Restricted Position? No, is eligible for layoff or severance benefits.
Job Category Classified Staff
Role (State) Job Title Procurement Officer II
Working Title Senior Buyer
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number 00412z
Recruit Number Staff - 8548
Working Hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location Fairfax, VA
Other Location
Pay Band Payband 5
Salary Commensurate with education and training.
Web Announcement

Senior Buyer

The George Mason University Purchasing Office is seeking a talented Senior Buyer to perform complicated and highly technical procurement activities for a wide variety of goods and services. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


The Senior Buyer shall ensure that purchases are made in accordance with the Code of Virginia, university policy and purchasing best practices. Essential duties include:

  • Manage procurement cycle for the purchase of the most complex goods and services;
  • Receive and review requisitions, specifications, and scopes of work; and assimilate into detailed needs statements and bidding documents;
  • Analyze bids and proposals, work with evaluation committees to determine the best value, and award contracts;
  • Develop, champion, and ensure implementation of strategic sourcing principles that will optimize total cost of ownership for assigned spend category;
  • Develop contract negotiation strategies, and serve as the lead in driving contract negotiations to achieve stated goals and objectives;
  • Utilize rate control terms within agreements to maintain pricing in alignment with market through contract life cycle;
  • Work collaboratively with business stakeholders to analyze, monitor, and manage internal demand for related goods and services within assigned spend category; and
  • Assist in developing and executing category management strategies to include risk assessments; overall market, industry and supply base analysis; and category and vendor segmentation.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent combination of skills and experience;
  • Successful track record of strategic sourcing success within assigned categories;
  • Recent experience leading the request for proposal (RFP) process for complex goods and services with a dollar value frequently in excess of $100,000;
  • Ability to manage complex, highly technical contract negotiations with minimal assistance;
  • A proven track record in understanding the key negotiation, leverage, and deal points for each commodity category; and
  • A high level of attention to detail with excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple procurement efforts, projects, and solicitations at the same time.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A nationally recognized certification in the field of procurement;
  • A certification in contract management; and
  • Prior experience in a higher education environment.
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 00412z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, a list of three professional references with contact information and a sample solicitation or RFP document that the applicant has created and/or utilized (attach as other document).

For Full Consideration, Apply by: 03/04/2018
Posting Date 02/09/2018
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
Telework Friendly? Yes
Mason Ad Statement

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.

Equity Statement

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The maximum annual salary for this position is $55,906 plus benefits. The actual salary offered will be subject to consideration of actual relevant work experience and achieved education levels. With this understanding, do you still want to be considered for this position?
    • Yes
    • No (will not be considered)

Supplemental Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of Professional References
  4. Other Doc (as specified in Special Instructions)
Optional Documents