To plan, organize and direct the work of the Purchasing Section to manage centralized purchasing and accounts payable activities.
Under the general supervision of the Assistant Departmental Engineer or higher level class, the incumbent exercises administrative direction and technical guidance over all purchasing and accounts payable employees; manages the application of purchasing policies and programs; confers with the Chief Engineer and General Manager and the Assistant Chief Engineer and Assistant General Manager, legal counsel, department heads and other employees regarding purchasing policies, procedures, specifications, bids, complaints and special circumstances; supervises and participates in the writing of bid specifications; drives to meetings and confers with representatives of manufacturing and commercial firms; supervises the purchasing of all materials, supplies, furnishings, and equipment; arranges for and authorizes the sale of surplus property and commodities; supervises the warehouse coordinator and develops and implements inventory management processes and procedures; approves expenditures and maintains budgetary and administrative controls; evaluates the work of a staff including buyers and clerical support staff; reviews and makes recommendations for various personnel related actions such as staffing levels, selections and disciplinary actions; develops, reviews and implements new purchasing and accounts payable policies and procedures; receives and accepts all bids and price quotations for large quantity purchases; negotiates with vendors; signs purchase orders and approves emergency purchases; answers correspondence and prepares periodic and special reports on a variety of purchasing and accounts payable matters; and performs related duties as required.
Applicants must possess: A valid California Class C driver license -AND- A bachelor's degree or higher in business or a related field from an accredited and recognized college or university -AND- Two years of experience performing the duties of a Buyer -OR- Four years of progressively responsible purchasing, business administration or other applicable experience, including two years at a supervisory level.
Experience with Oracle E-Business Suite or other enterprise purchasing systems; experience with computerized maintenance management systems or asset management systems; five years of recent purchasing experience in the public sector, in particular with wastewater or water agencies; Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), or Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) certification or equivalent.
EXAMPLES OF ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
The competitive selection process may cover a knowledge of: Methods, practices and procedures of purchasing; state and federal regulations governing public agency purchasing; types of equipment and supplies commonly used by public agencies engaged in public works construction and maintenance or comparable activities; inventory management principles and best practices; accounts payable procedures; and principles of supervision and training. The ability to: Plan and schedule buying activities; interpret market prices and trends; analyze purchasing, administrative and personnel activities and recommend solutions to problems; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; and supervise employees.
To be considered, please complete an LACSD Employment Application at www.lacsd.org. You may attach your résumé to your online application, but not in lieu of a completed application. Applicants with the most desirable qualifications will be invited to an interview.