Category Manager, Technology (Procurement Specialist 2)

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Administrative Services


Under the general direction of the University Director of Procurement Services and/or a designated administrator, the University seeks to hire two Category Managers.  The Procurement Services Technology (IT) Category Manager is responsible for the administration and oversight of procurement activities for all IT-related goods and services for all University of Connecticut campuses. The Auxiliary Services Category Manager is responsible for the administration and oversight of procurement activities for commodities such as printing services, audio/visual, and business services.


As a senior-level Procurement Specialist, the Category Manager is accountable for the performance, oversight, and management of all procurement strategies relating to meeting the needs of the University community.  The ideal candidate will possess extensive expertise in the applicable industry and also be familiar with current procurement trends and supply chain strategies.  This position will require intimate knowledge of existing University policies and procedures, as well as knowledge and expertise required to manage the bidding and procurement process, negotiation of terms and conditions, creation of strategic plans pertaining to the needs of the University community, oversight of the procurement-related goods and services; management of awards for the University community; and also serves as primary liaison between the campus community, Office of the CIO, Procurement Services, and various vendors for all applicable related matters.


  1. Bachelor’s degree, preferably in information technology, computer science, business, or relevant discipline, and a minimum of six (6) years of directly related procurement experience in a comparable environment, or an Associate’s degree in a relevant discipline and a minimum of eight (8) years of directly related procurement experience in a comparable environment.
  2. Knowledge of accepted procurement practices and experience and proven ability to negotiate, administer, and supervise procurement activities and the bidding process.
  3. Experience in vendor relationship management.
  4. Knowledge and understanding of state and federal statutes, policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  5. Demonstrated ability to identify and resolve complex issues, effectively and independently.
  6. Strong interpersonal and persuasive skills with the ability to work effectively with all levels of employees across functional teams, as well as with management.
  7. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  8. Excellent computer skills. 


  1. MBA or advanced degree in a related discipline.
  2. Knowledge of procurement practices within varied indirect spend categories.
  3. Experience with, and knowledge of, automated procurement and/or financial systems (e.g. KFS, Jaggaer) and reporting tools (e.g. Web Focus).
  4. Strong supervisory, leadership, organizational, project management, and planning skills with the ability to meet deadlines and facilitate solutions in a fast-paced environment.
  5. Ability to assess the organization’s needs, communicate those needs to the vendor community, and evaluate contracts to determine technical compliance.
  6. Strong analytical and financial skills.
  7. Member of NAEP (National Association of Educational Procurement) or other relevant professional organizations.
  8. CPM or CPSM preferred.


This is a full-time position at the Storrs campus but may require regular travel to other regional campuses as needed. The salary will be determined based on the successful candidate’s experience and training. Department may be able to accommodate a remote or hybrid telecommuting work schedule subject to authorization and University policy.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #496215 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references including one from current place of employment. References will not be contacted without prior notice to the successful candidate(s). Screening will begin immediately. 

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on June 30, 2022.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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