Purchasing Data Analyst

George Mason University Fairfax , VA 22038

Posted 2 weeks ago

Position Information

Department Purchasing and Accounts Payable Alternate Department Description Criminal Background Check Standard Background Check, Financial Background Check Motor Vehicle Background Check No Restricted Position? No, is eligible for layoff or severance benefits. Job Category Classified Staff Role (State) Job Title Financial Services Specialist I Working Title Purchasing Data Analyst Job Type Full-Time Position Number 02478z Recruit Number STF9237 Working Hours 8:30AM-5:00PM Location Fairfax, VA Other Location Pay Band Payband 4 Salary Commensurate with education and experience. Web Announcement

Purchasing Data Analyst

The George Mason University, Purchasing and Accounts Payable Department is seeking outstanding candidates for the position of Purchasing Data Analyst to help support the department's need for complex mathematical and statistical analysis. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Reporting to the Chief Procurement Officer, the Purchasing Data Analyst will utilize their expert knowledge of MS Excel and other analytical and modeling programs to analyze spending data with the goal of creating actionable information for further spend analysis and strategic sourcing recommendations.


Duties of the position will include but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for vendor usage data acquisition and aggregation, along with mapping and scrubbing of pertinent data to accurately determine spending;

  • Upgrade the Purchasing Department reporting process by creating and automating numerous MS Excel reports, combining pivot tables and charts, defining dynamic named ranges, building dashboards, and aggregating data;

  • Analyze strategic sourcing program for purchases being made off-contract, and recommends commodities and expenditures for inclusion;

  • Provide Buyers with vendor and commodity analysis such as contract comparisons and price analysis;

  • Prepare executive-level presentations that include statistical summaries, charts, graphs, and other supporting details; and

  • Participate in continuous improvement of departmental performance through the streamlining, simplification, and automation of departmental processes.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Bachelors or Master's degree in math, business, data science, statistics or equivalent, with two to four years of relevant work experience;

  • Expert-level knowledge of MS Excel with a deep understanding of working with complex formulas, v-lookups, pivot tables, data count functions, and table arrays;

  • Experience in MicroStrategy or a similar Business Intelligence platform (Tableau, QlikView, Power BI, Crystal Reports, etc.);

  • Advanced MS Access,

  • Working knowledge of Python and SQL;

  • Thrives on the challenge of choosing the right mathematical formulas or methods to solve a problem;

  • Experience mapping, scrubbing, extracting and analyzing data from multiple sources; and

  • Statistical and financial analysis skills and ability to create graphs, charts, presentations and reports.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 02478z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: 4/21/2019 Posting Date 03/28/2019 Job Close Date Open Until Filled? Yes Telework Friendly? Yes Mason Ad Statement

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People choose to work at George Mason University for many reasons, and there are even more reasons why they stay for a career including the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow's news!

Mason embodies many things, but underlying it all is a commitment to flexibility, creativity, autonomy, and making a difference. Add that to a robust benefits package, a commitment to flexibility as well as work/life options, the opportunity for personal and professional development and you have a career in balance at Mason!

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Equity Statement

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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