The Procurement Department is dedicated to providing excellent customer service as it provides contracting and procurement services to support the operations of all County departments. We remain committed to fair and open competition, sound business practices, and leveraging technology as we strive to ensure the public receives the best value for tax dollars expended. The vision of Santa Clara County Procurement Department is to promote success through collaboration with client departments by providing the highest quality contracting services through full and open competition, inclusion, fairness and use of best practices. Its mission is to support the success of client departments by promoting a customer-focused business culture and developing high quality best value contracts and solutions to meet our community’s needs through increased competition, inclusion, and the use of best practices.
The Director of Procurement plans, organizes and manages the activities and staff of the centralized purchasing functions of the County that has an employee population of approximately 22,000. This is an executive leadership position that reports directly to the Chief Procurement Officer. This position requires a dynamic, intelligent and assertive leader with not only exceptional skills in public purchasing but also a strong working knowledge of organizational development and a proven background in customer service.
The qualified candidate would typically possess either a) education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration or a closely related field or b) a valid professional certificate from the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, the Institute for Supply Management (formerly the National Association of Purchasing Management), or the National Contract Management Association and either a) three (3) years recent experience managing or supervising a large purchasing operation or b) five (5) years recent administrative level experience managing a department or a major division within a large organization. Experience managing or supervising a public purchasing operation is highly desirable. Procurement/Purchasing certification is highly desirable.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is dependent upon qualifications and cannot exceed the maximum amount listed.
About County of Santa Clara
Santa Clara County, sometimes referred to as “Silicon Valley,” is
unique because of its combination of geographic attractiveness
and social diversity. With its numerous natural amenities and
one of the highest standards of living in the country, it has long
been considered one of the best areas in the United States to
live and work.
The County’s population of 1.92 million is the largest in
Northern California, one of the State’s most heterogeneous,
rich in ethnic and cultural diversity, and enjoys access to all
of the attractions of the San Francisco Bay Area. The elected
Board of Supervisors establish policies to address issues that
affect the day-to-day operation of County government and is
responsible for an annual operating and capital improvement
budget of more than $9 billion. It adopts ordinances that
affect unincorporated communities and oversees the budget.
The County operates under a “charter” form of government,
which gives the County substantial responsibility and authority.
Under this charter, the Board appoints a County Executive to
administer County Government. Santa Clara County is the
third largest employer in Silicon Valley with approximately