Purchasing Agent Annual salary range: $115,000 - $128,000 DOE DOQ. The city offers an attractive benefits package. Application deadline: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Ideally located on the Pacific Ocean south of Los Angeles, just west of Orange County, Long Beach is the seventh largest city in the State of California. The City has been referred to as the “most diverse city” in the country by USA Today and one of the Best Communities for Young People two years in a row. Offering all the world class amenities of a large metropolitan city, coupled with its strong sense of community and pride, Long Beach is one of the most vibrant communities in the country
The Department of Financial Management administers the financial affairs of the City and provides related services to citizens, elected officials, and City departments. The Department is charged with managing revenues, expenditures, purchasing, accounting, budgeting, investments, cash management, and debt issuance and management. With a staff of approximately 240 employees, the Department includes the Bureaus of: Administrative Services, City Controller, Budget Management, Commercial Services, City Treasurer, Business Services, Fleet, and Financial Controls.
The Purchasing Agent (Officer), an at-will management position, oversees and strengthens the day to day operations of the Purchasing Division. This Division is responsible for managing purchasing processes and development of related policy throughout the City (exclusive of the Water and Harbor departments). The Division either directly manages purchasing activities or sets the policy and procedures that others must follow, and provides review and control over all proposed purchases. The Purchasing Agent directs the activities of the buyers and other support staff and reports to the Purchasing and Business Services Manager, who in turn reports to the Director of Financial Management.
The ideal candidate will be a strategic, technical expert with excellent managerial skills and a strong service orientation; a team-player and relationship builder who is able to build consensus and facilitate partnerships with staff, executive leadership, and other key stakeholders. Excellent verbal communication and writing skills are needed to establish written process and procedures and purchasing training materials, and to clearly communicate department goals, policies, and initiatives. Flexibility and strong interpersonal skills are required to collaborate on recommendations, procurement options and solutions when obstacles are presented. The selected candidate will have a big picture perspective, be accurate and detailed, avoid technical mistakes, and be able to coach and mentor a team of up to eight buyers and administrative support staff. A Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Public Administration, or a closely related field AND a minimum of six years of paid, full-time purchasing experience, two years of which entailed working in governmental purchasing and in a supervisory capacity is required.
To be considered, please submit your cover letter with current salary, résumé (reflecting years and months of positions held), and a list of four professional references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) by applying on our website here: https://secure.cpshr.us/escandidate/JobDetail?ID=284
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