The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Senior Procurement Specialist in Rockville, Maryland

Senior Procurement Specialist

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Job Description

Summary of the Position

The Senior Procurement Specialist is a hands-on position responsible for managing the procurement of goods and services for a growing portfolio of Global Public Health (GPH) programs, including U.S. Government, others donor and USP funded programs. S/he will manage the entire procurement process for equipment, supplies, pharmaceuticals, consultants and other technical and non-technical services. S/he will execute and coordinate the day-to-day procurement functions in close collaboration with the program staff both in the US office and in the field offices. The Senior Procurement Specialist will serve as the subject matter expert for GPH procurement of goods and Services functions and ensure compliance with donor rules and regulations, as well as USP internal policies and procedures. S/he will also be responsible for procurement-related manuals and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and for working with program staff and leadership/management on their revisions to bring efficiency in the procurement procedures.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Manages the entire procurement process (ensuring adequate specifications in solicitations; posting of solicitations in appropriate trade publications, websites, etc.; identifying suppliers/service providers (competitive and/or non-competitive); conducting price and market analyses; evaluating bids and proposals; developing selection justifications; coordinating with and organizing technical evaluation committees; conducting due diligence; placing orders/engaging service providers.

  • Serves as subject matter expert and provides technical support, guidance and training on procurement to staff, particularly Procurement staff in the field, to ensure USP quality standards and donor requirement are met.

  • Ensures goods and services are acquired in full compliance with donor regulations and USP procurement procedures for both USP HQ and field procurement requests - and that the process is fully documented and transparent.

  • Conducts periodic field checks and monitoring to ensure compliance with donor and USP policies and procedures.

  • Maintains procurement tracking log and/or develops other tracking tools and ensures adequate record keeping systems for purchase orders numbers, shipping documents, inventory counts, etc.

  • Manages U.S. Government Property tracking and reporting requirements, and supports development of disposition plans, as needed.

  • Maintains a database of reliable suppliers for different categories of technical services, consultants, equipment and supplies and serves as liaison with USP Quality Assurance Department regarding GPH’s supplies list.

  • Assist in the development of regionally based staff who supervises local purchases to ensure they are compliant with applicable Procurement policies and regulations.

  • Serves as the process owner for the Procurement Manual and Procurement of Goods SOP, Procurement of Services SOP and the Government Property Operational Manual and SOP, and leads revisions to manuals/SOPs in close coordination with GPH Senior Manager, Finance and Administration.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in business management or other related field

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in procurement, purchasing, strategic sourcing, or related field

  • Demonstrated experience with U.S. Government procurement rules and regulations, including Federal Acquisition Requirements (FAR) and 2 CFR 200

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated history of professional and ethical behavior

  • Knowledge of scientific supplies/equipment used in the general sciences, laboratories is preferred

  • Strong time management and prioritization skills and ability to meet deadlines; highly organized and detail-oriented

  • Experience managing procurements in challenging, non-US environments

  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple and at-times competing priorities in a fast-paced environment Strong multicultural communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment, particularly to problem-solve issues that arise

  • Proven capability to productively support HQ and field office staff

  • Demonstrate ability to cooperate in a team environment

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • High level of proficiency with office technologies and computer application including MS office products, database systems and the internet

  • Experience with other international donor policies

Supervisory Responsibilities


USP offers an impressive benefits package , including:

  • Generous paid time off – 13 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start

  • An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately

  • Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles ($250/individual or $500/family)

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries.

Being a part of USP means belonging to a diverse culture made up of more than 1,000 talented professionals working together at five international locations. We share our expertise in science, IT, human resources, quality assurance, communications, administrative management, and more...all to support an overall mission dedicated to making a difference by providing standards and programs that help improve the quality of medicines, dietary supplements, and foods worldwide.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

Job Location

Rockville, Maryland, United States

Position Type


Job Category Purchasing