The New York Racing Association, Inc.

Director of Procurement

US-NY-Ozone Park
Aqueduct Racetrack (only)
Position Type
Full-Time Regular

Job Overview

The Director of Procurement is responsible for overseeing implementation of the procurement policy and leading efforts to streamline procedures to enable business and department unit budget holders to maximize the value they receive from suppliers to meet their objectives. The main purpose of the role is to formulate and drive a consistent approach towards all sourcing, purchasing, and tendering activity within the business, ultimately ensuring that value for money is maximized and cost savings are generated.


The Director of Procurement will establish relationships with senior-most budget holders to ensure that procurement is aligned with the business owner’s particular objectives, and to enlist their support in participating in process improvement efforts. He/She will work in partnership with the business owner to change the procurement culture across all levels of the business.


  • Develops an organizational procurement strategy, including structured governance and planning processes and short, mid, and long term goals and objectives.
  • Creates a small Procurement Center of Excellence (CoE) to help transform the function and support broader transformation of the value chain, including increased spend visibility with senior management
  • Oversight of professional and support staff (CoE) in overseeing complex purchasing transactions involving competitive solicitations and negotiations
  • Analyzes and leverages procurement data to provide management with timely analyses to drive efficiencies.
  • Evaluates current practices and procedures and implements plans for improving efficiencies in the procurement process by effectively engage and meet with departmental budget owners and end users to define the procurement initiatives and ensure adequate internal training and processes are understood and best practices adhered to.
  • Institutionalization of best-practice based processes (e.g., contract management, strategic sourcing)
  • Supports the business in its endeavors to monitor suppliers’ performance in line with established KPIs, contractual obligations and service level agreements.
  • Assists Finance and budget holders with the annual budget process ensuring accurate costs are scrutinized and budgeted accordingly.
  • Oversees vendor account analysis and consolidation.
  • Leads direct and cross-functional procurement staff, including skills and competency development and knowledge management capabilities.
  • Identifies and realizes cost-saving and cost-reduction opportunities, including development of performance metrics and targets.



  • Bachelor's degree in supply chain management, economics, finance, operations, engineering or a related area, with a Master's degree preferred
  • 7-10 years of senior supply management experience or operational management experience in finance procurement function.
  • Familiarity with online sourcing software such as Ariba, Puridiom, Great Plains.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in a complex environment and experience leading multiple teams-both direct staff and indirect project teams.
  • Proven track record of embedding procurement processes and identifying and delivering cost savings.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with internal contacts with business units and functional partners like Technology, Finance and legal.
  • Strong negotiation skills, strategic mindset and problem-solving skills
  • In-depth knowledge of sourcing and procurement principles and best practices
  • Familiarity with relevant legislative and regulatory requirements, as well as understanding of standard contractual terms and conditions to mitigate legal risk
  • Change management skills and self-awareness to take varying approaches with a dynamic set of stakeholders


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