Senior Procurement Specialist

Posted Date 1 month ago(9/14/2021 10:55 AM)
Senior Professional
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As USAC continues to support universal service impacting health care providers, educators, and consumers, it is critical now more than ever that we hire people equally passionate and committed to helping fulfill our mission.  We are currently seeking a dynamic and collaborative professional to serve as a Senior Procurement Specialist on our Procurement team. Reporting to the Manager of Procurement you are:

  • responsible for purchasing equipment, supplies, and basic services from vendors. The Senior Procurement Specialist will also support internal customers by, writing requirements statements and evaluating vendor quotations and proposals to determine the best supplier for each project.


This is an outstanding career opportunity for an individual interested in a genuine professional challenge in support of a public-spirited mission.


Working in a creative and fast-paced environment, the Senior Procurement Specialist responsibilities will include the following:

  • Follow established procurement policies, programs, and procedures that enhance operational efficiencies and promote cost effectiveness including standardization where possible.
  • Assure and maintain a smooth procurement process from initial request to invoice payment.
  • Provide on the job coaching and perform preliminary reviews of the work product of less experienced staff where applicable.
  • Analyze complex purchase requisitions.
  • Coach and guide departments in the effective use of procurement policies and procedures.
  • Lead negotiations conducted with vendors to develop the contract price and terms of large and complex sized purchases.
  • Utilize the corporate credit card program.
  • Collaborate with others to lead and implement process improvements.
  • Participate in implementation of strategic initiatives.
  • Function as the business interface with USAC’s internal customers.
  • Lead in the preparation of request for quotes and proposals for potential and existing suppliers for large and complex sized purchases.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


About You


The successful candidate will excel at operating in a diverse and fluid environment, and will be crucial for the success of the Procurement team.

  • Bachelor Degree and/or relevant technical training and certifications.
  • Five (5) to Seven (7) years of directly related experience.
  • Ability to handle confidential data.
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent analytical and proven problem solving skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to work well individually and in teams to share information, support colleagues and encourage participation.
  • Experience in contracting and procurement with compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is preferred.


About USAC

Through its administration of the $10 billion Universal Service Fund (USF) programs on behalf of the FCC, USAC works to promote the availability of quality services at just, reasonable and affordable rates and to increase access to advanced telecommunications services throughout the nation. Specifically, the USF programs provide funding for the expansion of telecommunications and broadband access to rural communities and health care facilities, schools and libraries across the country, and low income households. Through program administration, auditing, and outreach, USAC works with contributors, service providers, and program beneficiaries to achieve the program goals articulated by the FCC for each of these programs.


The FCC has reformed the USF to support further investment in and access to evolving broadband infrastructure, making the programs a primary vehicle to support this critical national priority. USAC, as the administrator of the USF, plays a critical role in supporting the ambitious vision to ensure that all citizens in the United States have access to high-speed broadband. The organization has approximately 500 employees with an operating budget of more than $200 million. USAC works in close partnership with the FCC and other federal and state partners to support the achievement of the USF program goals.


USAC administers the USF programs—High Cost, Lifeline, Rural Health Care, and Schools and Libraries. USAC strives to provide efficient, responsible stewardship of the programs, a key national asset in making important telecommunications and Internet services available to consumers, health care providers, schools, and libraries throughout the United States. The program divisions are supported by additional USAC personnel in Finance, General Counsel, Information Systems, Internal Audit, the Enterprise Program Management Office and Human Resources. Consistent with FCC rules, USAC does not make policy for or interpret unclear provisions of statutes or the FCC’s rules.


Universal service is paid for by contributions from telecommunications carriers, including wireline and wireless companies, and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol providers, including cable companies that provide voice service, based on an assessment of their interstate and international end- user revenues. These contributions are most typically passed through to consumers through a universal service fee line item on their telephone bills.


Additional information on USF programs can be found at: 


USAC offers a comprehensive benefits package, ongoing professional development opportunities, including vacation and sick leave.


USAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Only principals will be accepted. No agencies please.


To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume, click the “Apply For This Job Online” button.


USAC employees are passionate about our mission. Our work contributes to the success of all Americans. We’ve worked together to build a culture that is collaborative, ambitious, outcome-oriented, and feedback-focused.


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