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Purchasing Manager - YES Prep System Office (IMMEDIATE OPENING)

Department: Finance
Location: Houston, TX

POSITION: Purchasing Manager

REPORTS TO: Chief Financial Officer

LOCATION: Houston, Texas

THE CHALLENGE & OPPORTUNITY

Across the nation, only half of all students from low-income communities graduate from high school and only 10% earn a college degree. Even though 84% of their students are economically disadvantaged, YES Prep provides evidence that different outcomes are possible. Ninety-seven (97%) of YES Prep alumni matriculate to college within one year and alumni like Eddie Zapata are earning their college degrees at four times the rate of their peers with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. How do they do this? Each of YES Prepís 18 campuses serves 6th-12th graders like Monique Bowie. Students typically enter YES Prep one or more grade levels behind but quickly find themselves on a different life trajectory as a result of transformative relationships with teachers and leaders and access to excellent educational opportunities.

As the first minority-majority city, Houstonís schools cannot keep up with demand from students like Eddie and Monique. Houston is the 4th largest city (on track to become the 3rd), and this booming population translates into 7,000 families on YES Prepís waitlist. YES Prepís student enrollment is estimated to grow from 12,600 to 17,000, between now and 2023.

YES Prep needs a dynamic and diverse Purchasing Manager to make our mission a reality. As a Purchasing Manager, you will achieve jaw-dropping results, create pathways to opportunity for our students, build transformative relationships, and eliminate educational inequities to advance social justice. To put it simply, you will play an integral role in minimizing the costs needed to meet Yes Prepís current and future growth plans, allowing Yes Prep to better meet the needs of all students.

THE PERSON

We seek staff with diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and ideas to meet the needs of our growing body of students. Certain traits consistently shine through for our most successful employees: passion for the mission, drive for results, care for students, resilience, and humility.

Specifically, some of the exciting work products this position will lead includes:

  • Responsible for coordinating all purchasing efforts for YES Prep Public Schools
  • Development and implementation of procurement strategies to minimize costs and maximize quality of products
  • Develop key metrics for the purchasing department to provide visibility into function
  • Write and issue purchase orders and respond to purchasing requests throughout the network
  • Communicate status of purchasing requests and work to resolve shipping discrepancies
  • Maintain vendor relationships and contracts to ensure YES Prep is receiving the highest quality in service
  • Maintain the procurement tracking site on the YES Prep Intranet
  • Work directly with campus personnel and members of Home Office teams to ensure that all procurement efforts are in compliance with federal and state requirements and that YES Prepís financial resources are expended efficiently
  • Organize and coordinate district bulk order items to save money and ease district operations.
  • Ensure proper accounting codes and procedures are being used and auditable, creating when needed
  • Perform necessary Instructional Material Allotment state reimbursement requests.
  • Assist staff in inventorying campus assets.
  • Additional duties as assigned

THE MUST HAVES

  • Bachelorís Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution
  • 7+ years of purchasing experience with high level of familiarity with purchasing systems, policies, and processes
  • Strong communication, organization, and research skills
  • Ability to coordinate purchase orders and accounting coding and processes with high attention to detail
  • A record of achievement in previous work and an openness to giving and receiving feedback
  • Belief in and commitment to the mission and core value of YES Prep Public Schools
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team, building effective relationships
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once
  • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress
  • Frequent prolonged and irregular hours of duty, including evenings and weekends

THE NICE TO HAVES

  • Experience with implementation of procurement modules in new ERP buildouts
  • Public education experience a plus
  • Proficiency with MS Office
  • Experience with managing and training staff

THE TEAM

As the Purchasing Manager, you will join a warm and welcoming Finance team at the Home Office.

YES Prep teams understand they are setting the example for how their students experience their YES Prep education and want to make sure it feels like a second home to them. Teams are obsessed with improving themselves because they know that living the core values translates directly into stronger results and college access for all students.

THE TANGIBLE GOOD

YES Prep offers a competitive compensation as well as a full benefit plan. We value longevity and performance over time through our Commit to Five program and opportunities provided for performance increases. YES Prep invests in developing leaders through high-quality programs, effective coaching, and ongoing professional development. The strong culture of our campuses are just one of many reasons we were among Houstonís Best Place to work. We won the 2012 Broad Prize for Excellence in Urban Education and were a 2016 finalist as well. Travel + Leisure recently named Houston the best city for foodies and, with an affordable cost of living Houstonians enjoy life and all the city has to offer.

For more detail about this opportunity, see our FAQís here.

WE ARE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO EQUITY & DIVERSITY

YES Prep strives to recruit a diverse team of leaders. We believe there is a transformative academic and social benefit for students when their teachers and leaders reflect a diversity of backgrounds. 97% of staff members agree that the organization provides a welcoming environment given their background and identity according to our latest system survey.

YES Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.

THE NEXT STEPS

If this sounds like your just right job, please apply. If you are not sure this opportunity is for you, are simply curious, or know someone who would be perfect, please reach out to our Talent Acquisition team to be connected to a recruiter at talent@yesprep.org.

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