The Director of Procurement and Inventory Management (DPIM) will be responsible for leading procurement efforts to efficiently and effectively enable spend owners to maximize the value they receive from suppliers to meet their objectives. The DPIM will work with internal stakeholders from initial need identification to final goods or service delivery. The process starts with demand management which then drives supply analysis/strategy, supplier identification, sourcing execution, contract negotiation, delivery planning and monitoring, purchase execution, and then ongoing performance management and continuous process improvement.

The DPIM will initially be responsible for implementing the procurement strategy including maintaining the staffing requirements and utilizing best practices to transform the operating framework from one that is decentralized to one that is center led. After implementation, the DPIM will manage and be accountable for ongoing procurement efforts. If business circumstances support procurement activities outside the procurement function, the DPIM will support the procurement strategy development, bid execution, contract negotiation and supplier performance evaluation.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Development of an enterprise-wide procurement strategy in partnership with the executive team, including creation and management of short, mid, and long-term goals and objectives
  • Identification and realization of cost-saving and cost-reduction opportunities
  • Leadership of procurement staff in sourcing, contracting, transactional purchasing, supplier management, and miscellaneous internal procurement support activities
  • Identification and implementation of procurement best practices
  • Recruitment, hiring and development of team members
  • Creation and ongoing development of a best in class supplier network
  • Optimization of procurement systems
  • Ongoing development, ownership, and maintenance of the procurement policy
  • Ownership of the procurement department’s budget
  • Design and monitoring of scorecard metrics
  • Ownership and accountability for the implementation of the procurement strategy
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Directly supervises the Procurement and Inventory Specialist team as well as provides direction and coordination to other employees as deemed necessary.


  • Bachelor’s degree (4 years) in supply chain management, economics, finance, operations, engineering, or related fields, or 8 years of pertinent experience.
  • Experience in leading procurement functions within an organization.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.


  • 10+ years of advanced procurement process oversight
  • Proven success with transforming or developing a procurement function or strategy within a service industry.
  • Experience in leading procurement teams of 5 or more.


  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to communicate and lead well at all levels of the organization and with external parties (e.g. vendors).
  • Strong problem solving and creative skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions based on accurate and timely analysis.
  • High level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientation.
  • Able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Able to effectively manage multiple tasks within a complex organization, demonstrating ability to plan, organize, implement, and control.


  • PC proficiency is essential (Windows environment) and strong working knowledge of Excel is preferred.
  • Previous skill, knowledge, or experience specifically in procurement is preferred.
  • Strong negotiation skills and strategic mindset
  • Exemplary leadership skills and strong communicator
  • Change management skills


  • The duties of this job require the employee to effectively talk and hear English language communications.
  • The employee is required to stand, walk, climb, sit and use hands and fingers.
  • Able to lift and move up to 25 pounds.
  • Reaching, grasping, and carrying activities also required.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Above average intellectual ability and excellent judgment are needed to deal effectively with a wide range of problem solving and trouble shooting activities.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Although most work is performed inside, occasional outside activities are subject to seasonal temperature fluctuations.

As a part of your total compensation, CEC provides a comprehensive, competitive benefit package. The benefit plans address both the immediate and long term needs that you and your family may have. Here is a sample of what we have to offer for full-time employees.

Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance
Paid Time Off
Vacation, Personal Time, Sick Time, and Holidays
401K with a variety of investment selections

"Essential duties and responsibilities" describe those functions considered to be essential to the performance of the job. All requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Successful completion of pre-employment drug screen and background check required.

Communications Engineering Company is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

We are committed to achieving and maintaining a diverse workforce. Qualified

females, minorities, veterans and disabled individuals are encouraged to apply.

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