Work involves responsibility for supervising and coordinating commodity group teams, conducting research as a preliminary to and basis for negotiations of contracts, and the analysis and development of improvements in bid invitations, specifications, and other features of procurement practice. Work is required to be performed in conformity with applicable laws and regulations, but the employee of this class is expected to proceed with substantial independence in evaluating existing practices and procedures and in identifying and exploiting opportunities for improvements therein. Work is subject to review by the Purchasing Agent where significant procedural changes are involved, but work is appraised primarily in terms of quality of constructive work in strengthening the effectiveness of procurement operations.
Examples of Duties and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
(Note: The duties and responsibilities enumerated in this class specification are for the purpose of determining a common set of minimum qualifications and salary level for all positions in this class. They are not intended to include all of the essential functions of all positions in the class.)
Analyzes distribution of work among commodity teams in interest of achieving improvements in workload balance and maximizing the use of available resources; evaluates the quality of reference and technical materials available for use by buyers in identifying and evaluating sources and products; develops detailed plans for improvements in these areas.
Conducts research into sources of supplies and services; develops criteria for use in making preliminary selections from among possible bidders; plans and develops resource files for use in identification and pre-qualification of bidders.
Analyzes form and content of bid invitations and specifications for supplies, equipment, and services so as to improve the quality and responsiveness of bids and proposals.
Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of modern procurement policies, procedures, and practices.
Thorough knowledge of sources of supplies and services, prices, and market conditions and trends.
Thorough knowledge of the needs of vendors and contractors for information as a basis for providing pertinent, informed, and meaningful bids and proposals.
Considerable ability in evaluating and developing improvements in procurement practices and procedures and administrative arrangements and staffing for their conduct.
Considerable ability in written and oral expression.
Ability to establish and maintain effective work relations with colleagues, vendors, suppliers, and served agencies.
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in business administration, finance, or a related field; and four (4) or more years of technical experience in large-scale procurement of diverse materials, supplies, and services.
NOTE: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in business administration, finance, or a related field may be substituted with a two (2) year degree or sixty (60) college credits and two (2) additional years of experience in large-scale procurement of diverse materials, supplies, and services for a total of six (6) or more years of experience in large-scale procurement of diverse materials, supplies, and services.
Preference will be given to candidates who possess the following:
- Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in business administration, finance, or a related field
- Experience preparing highly complex formal solicitations and invitations for bid
- Experience analyzing and evaluating bids
- Experience preparing for and handling negotiations
- Experience working in a government environment
Internal Number: 05682
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