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Director of Central Purchasing

Organization: Archdiocese of St. Louis
Full Time


Direct and manage the purchasing function for all agencies, offices, schools, and parishes of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, leveraging the size of the Archdiocese to provide the best products and services at the lowest cost.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain relationships with suppliers of products and services that provide the best overall value for the Archdiocese.
  • Negotiate contracts and service agreements with suppliers and ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements, policies and procedures.
  • Manage the procurement to payment process to achieve administrative efficiency and low transaction cost.
  • Assist leaders of the agencies, offices, schools and parishes of the Archdiocese of St. Louis with purchasing and administrative functions and assist them with identifying and implementing lower cost options.
  • Lead RFPs and bids for projects and capital purchases.
  • Hire, train, and supervise purchasing staff.
  • Participate in the Archdiocese "All Things New" renewal strategy as it relates to future state purchasing responsibilities and best practices.

Knowledge & Experience Requirements

The director should have at least seven to ten years of experience in purchasing, in addition to a bachelor's degree. Experience with automated purchase order systems is required and experience using COUPA e-procurement software would be a plus. Experience with Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) is preferred.

Skills and Attitudes Required for Success in Job

Must have strong negotiation, communication, analytical and organization skills. The director should have reasonable aptitude with personal computers and knowledge of basic software, including spreadsheet, word processing, database and communication applications, as well as knowledge and experience with automated purchase-order systems.

Relationships Requirements

Central Purchasing requires frequent contact with schools, agencies and parishes, as well as other Catholic institutions, suppliers and vendors. The Director reports directly to the Chief Financial officer.

Resources for Which Accountable

  • Annual budget of the purchasing function.
  • Supervision of staff of two to four employees.
  • Number of clients served includes all Archdiocesan curial offices and potentially all parishes, grade schools, high schools, selected institutions of Catholic religious orders.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to [email protected].