Human Services & Neighborhood Centers

About NYRR

New York Road Runners was founded in 1958 when a small group of passionate runners vowed to bring running to the people and has grown from a local running club to the world’s premier community running organization.  NYRR’s mission is to empower everyone, of all ages and abilities—beginners and competitive athletes, the young and the elderly, adult professionals and underserved schoolchildren—to improve their health and well-being through the power of running and fitness.

NYRR’s races, community events, instruction and training resources, and youth programs give hundreds of thousands of people each year the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to start running and keep running for life. NYRR’s premier event, the famed TCS New York City Marathon, attracts the world’s top pro runners and committed amateurs alike while also raising millions of dollars annually for charity and driving economic impact for the City.  But NYRR is equally committed to the runners of tomorrow, passionately providing youth fitness programs that educate and inspire more than 100,000 kids in underserved communities in New York City, all 50 states, and around the world.

Headquartered in New York City, NYRR implements a unique nonprofit model that teams contributed and earned income to make all its efforts possible.  To learn more, please visit

New York Road Runners is an Equal Opportunity Employer


About the Department

The Procurement Department is critical function within NYRR as there is an organization wide priority to redefine our sourcing strategies and enhance the procurement/purchasing processes.  NYRR spends over $50M procuring various goods/services to support all the races, events, and programs that are offered throughout NYC and surrounding areas and there is clear opportunity to further optimize how we procure and purchase these goods/services.  This position will be the first hire in the department and will have the ability to assess the procurement needs and recruit for an additional professional to join the team.

About the Position

The Director, Procurement will be responsible for fostering and leading the procurement function within the organization. This includes assessment and determination of the most cost-effective sourcing strategies, negotiating major sourcing contracts, maintaining and enforcing purchase order procedures and processes, and ensuring departments coordinate most purchasing through the Procurement team.

Job Responsibilities (primary and secondary duties):

Develop, communicate, and manage procurement policies, procedures and processes for the organization
Identify and implement improvement opportunities to achieve financial goals, drive performance and business results
Examine and evaluate vendor relationships, drive RFI and RFP processes and handle vendor contract negotiations to drive the most optimal cost-effective solutions
Drive risk management with regards to supply contracts and agreements
Work closely with key stakeholders to establish multi-year sourcing strategies
Working with Finance to streamline and improve overall purchasing while maintaining cost controls and creating cost-effective use of resources
Monitor and audit purchasing activities to ensure compliance and adherence to best practices
Monitor and publish monthly metrics and inventory reporting/tracking
Lead and manage and develop Procurement staff and business partner subject matter experts
Job Requirements:


At least 8 years experience with 5 years in the procurement field and 2 years leading staff
Events related experience preferred
Cost savings and analytical reporting experience
Working knowledge of RFP process
Experience with ERP system such as NetSuite, Oracle, SAP or other
Education & Certifications:

Bachelor’s degree preferred
Skills and Attributes:

Advanced knowledge of sourcing and purchasing techniques
Ability to strategize, prioritize and execute
Comfortable working in a matrix organization with multiple customers and business partners
Business savvy individual with ability to have a “big picture” perspective and a solid understanding of the details
Strong negotiation abilities
Skilled leadership capabilities
Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills
Professional self-starter with a proven track record of developing and executing change in a matrix environment
Technology-savvy and familiarity with purchasing software solutions
Demonstrated ability to motivate, support and understand different project teams
Strong attention to detail and to focus on expedient project completion
Effective problem-solving skills

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