The Orange County Finance and Administrative Services Department has an opening for a Purchasing Agent. Under general supervision, an employee of this class is responsible for directing the competitive bidding process and overseeing the management of contractual agreements for the purchasing of equipment and supplies for County in compliance with County, State and Federal requirements; responding to a range of inquiries regarding procurement processes or bid status and has a leading role in procuring goods and services. Responsibilities involve implementing public purchasing policies to ensure compliance with all federal, state and local laws, rules, procedures and regulations, interpreting policies, regulations pertaining to purchasing and disposal of surplus property; coordinate the process by determining the need for bids, developing the specifications, overseeing the advertisements, the evaluation, and making recommendations as necessary. The work is performed under the general supervision of the CFO/Finance Director with considerable leeway for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative in work methods. Considerable latitude is given for the exercise of independent judgment. Supervision is not an essential duty of this position. Does related work as required.