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Director, Contracts and Procurement

Open until suitable candidate is identified

Please quote vacancy number: FIN1631-1901


This position is based in Prague and reports directly to the CFO, serving as an integral senior member of the finance team. The Director, Contract and Procurement will be responsible for best practices development of RFE/RL’s procurement and contracts services (including special grants), supporting and reviewing requests from across RFE/RL’s entire operation.

The incumbent will direct the development and roll-out of policies, procedures and special projects responsive to interdepartmental and other needs of the organization. The position will be responsible for leading the contract activities organization-wide, and ensuring to comply with relevant USG and OMB regulatory and host country compliance. The position will provide leadership and oversight to the procurement team and work closely with division leadership, to ensure that the procurement team is aligned to meet the goals and objectives of the organization. The position has four direct reports: Contracts & Competitions Officer, Procurement & Licensing Officer, Senior Buyer, and Procurement Specialist.

Responsibilities:

  • I. Contracts, Procurement, and Grants
  • Work with supervisory and unit staff and internal stakeholders, ensure that RFE/RL is using effective procurement and negotiation strategies related to deliverables, costs, payment schedules, and terms.
  • Lead and manage contract and proposal functions including oversight of the drafting, evaluation and execution of agreements including: contracts, amendments, change orders, non-disclosure agreements, requests for information and master service agreements, are turned around in a timely manner.
  • Implement efficiency in the time required at each step of the process by instituting an effective control and monitoring function within the unit.
  • Responsible for oversight of contract tracking system and generation of timely reports for senior management.
  • Responsible for continuous process improvement to improve quality and efficiency of the contract functions.
  • Work with legal counsel and other key collaborators such as Compliance Officer to review contract terms and conditions and to assure compliance with policies as well as relevant host country and U.S. regulatory compliance, acts an EU General Data Protection Regulation /GDPR gatekeeper.
  • Actively participate in procurement discussions and negotiation of proposals and contract terms and conditions as needed during sourcing and proposal phase.
  • Participate in client meetings as needed.
  • Partner with the Contracts & Competitions Officer, and Procurement & Licensing Officer to ensure that contracts and grants are executed in a timely and accurate manner.
  • II. Team Development and Leadership
  • Direct and organize the management of the procurement unit.
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement to include a commitment to effective communication, customer service and the highest quality standards.
  • Coach and counsel staff to high levels of individual performance by establishing departmental and developmental goals.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.
  • A minimum of ten years relevant preferably with USG procurement and contracts management experience or in a nonprofit, international organization with outside funding source responsibility for budgeting, managing resources, and organizing work processes. Familiarity with GDPR or EU General Data Protection Regulation and knowledge of PeopleSoft Financials or experience are a plus.
  • Five plus years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel with mentoring and team-building skills.
  • A collaborative and successful manager with strong analytical and customer service skills is required.
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills including the ability to effectively interface with staff and senior management.
  • Proactive, seasoned professional with evidence of having worked as a business partner to senior level management.
  • Identifies key issues in complex situations and develops original concepts to explain complex data.
  • Broadcast region language (Working Knowledge Oral+Written) is a plus.
  • English language (Proficient).

Should you be interested in this position please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter in English.

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Who we are ...

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is an international broadcast organization based in Washington, D.C. and Prague, Czech Republic. RFE/RL's programs -- via radio, the Internet, and television -- reach influential people in 22 countries, including Afghanistan, Iran, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asian nations. RFE/RL's mission is to provide accurate and reliable news and information to domestic audiences in the local language. RFE/RL broadcasts in 26 languages and attracts more than 26 million weekly listeners and online visitors. With more than 400 journalists, 750 freelancers, and 17 local bureaus, RFE/RL is one of the most comprehensive news operations in the world. It is funded by the U.S. Congress through the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM).

RFE/RL Standards

RFE/RL is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Positions at RFE/RL are considered Public Trust Positions, with appointment contingent upon the positive outcome of a background investigation.

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