System Governance and Administration / Strategic Contracts Manager

Posted on March 3, 2023
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System Governance and Administration / Strategic Contracts Manager

Michigan State University


Job no: 848564

Current MSU Benefit Highlights

Compensation for this support staff position includes generous paid time off; a 10% retirement match with a 5% employee contribution to the base retirement plan; health and dental insurance plan options with premiums paid fully by MSU; education assistance benefits for employee and dependents; employer-paid life insurance; and a large menu of voluntary benefits. Details can be found in the Support Staff Open Enrollment Guide and respective collective bargaining agreements on the MSU Human Resources website at


This position is remote based with minimal on-site requirements. These requirements include but are not limited to twice annual all-staff meetings. 


As the UPL Strategic Contracts Manager you will report directly to the Assoc. VP & CPO and provide guidance and support of all UPL-managed procurement and supply chain systems through planning, implementation and ongoing usage to ensure continuity of service, and assess available systems and service options.


Examples of the variety of duties you may perform include but are not limited to: 

  • Provide guidance and support of all UPL-managed procurement and supply chain systems including SCLogic, Quadient, Shopify, UPS Ship Exec, and SAP Ariba, including tracking of contract end dates to ensure continuity of service or assessment of new available options. 
  • Systems planning, implementation and ongoing support:
  • Builds consensus among team relative to project scope, task execution, staffing and issue resolution
  • Provides clear and reliable communications regarding system access and functionality to internal teams, project stakeholders, external vendors, and customers
  • Supports application module configuration, technical, testing, and search for resources
  • Participates in implementation workstreams through go live phase; manage and resolve unforeseen defects and anticipated issues or slippage
  • Manages overall system issues in implementation project timelines ensuring against any cross-release potential conflicts, while leveraging similar testing cycles, outages etc.
  • Manages project/enhancement/maintenance/production support activities for the application teams
  • Coordinates with UPL Supply Chain Analytics department for system reporting
  • Completes special projects and other duties as assigned


Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by a four-year college degree program in Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Business Administration, or a related field; five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in supply chain functions; experience with e-procurement system implementation and management, project management, strategic contract development and management, contract management tools, and spend analytic tools; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Desired Qualifications

  • Project management experience with large ERP systems
  • Experience managing dotted line relationships with various stakeholders for on-time task completion
  • Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, Amazon or Google systems administration certifications
  • Desire 8 to 10 years of multi-stakeholder project completion on-time, on-budget, on-quality


To apply:


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.


Required Application Materials

Resume and Cover Letter.


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