Bring your purchasing and procurement experience to the County of Sonoma and expand your career with SoCoPi!
Starting salary up to $65.66/hour ($137,040/year) and a competitive total compensation package!*
The Purchasing Agent and their team of Assistant Purchasing Agents and Buyers work together to guarantee County compliance with laws, resolutions, and the directives of the Board of Supervisors. Additionally, the position:
Manages procurement activities for the County including oversight of various policies related to purchasing of goods and services.
Directly supervises two assistant Purchasing Agents, including workload planning, directing assignments, training, and performance management
Prepares and manages the Division's budget
Engages independent contractors and contracts for informal construction services
Analyzes performance and workload data to develop and implement efficient and cost-effective procedural changes, methods, and systems
Establishes and conducts periodic reviews of policies and procedures for the procurement of supplies, materials, equipment, and professional services
Confers with department heads and County officials to evaluate purchasing needs and legal requirements, and advises on current technologies, procurement procedures, sourcing strategies, and best practices
Investigates and resolves complaints from departments and vendors regarding products, services, bid protests, and contract awards
Coordinates the identification, distribution, and disposal of surplus County property
Serve as liaison to County departments to facilitate procurement of goods and services
To continuously evaluate and improve the quality of our service, SoCoPi's ideal candidate is a highly motivated, dedicated purchasing officer with public agency experience who can support a wide array of goods and services. They can quickly assess problems with a solution-oriented approach, set clear expectations, and tailor procurement solutions to the ever-changing department and County needs. Additionally, the ideal Purchasing Agent candidate:
Has extensive knowledge of the Public Contracting Code and California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act (CUPCCA)
Is a seasoned negotiator, able to procure the best price and terms available in the market
Has excellent communication skills, and can effectively interact with vendors, staff, department heads, and County officials
Possesses strong analytical skills, expert judgment, and a commonsense approach to addressing daily challenges
Has a high level of integrity, a positive attitude, and the ability to lead without ego and diffuse difficult situations when they arise
Is proficient with purchasing and procurement systems
Possesses a nationally accredited procurement certification, such as the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), National Institute of Governmental Purchasing-Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP), Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), or the UPPCC Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO)
*Salary is negotiable within the established range and benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. For more information, including minimum qualifications, & to apply, visit, www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org or call 707-565-2331. The County of Sonoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and are committed to having a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. Apply by 12/05/23
ABOUT THE COUNTY ORGANIZATION The County of Sonoma is governed by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and is comprised of 26 departments/agencies that provide a full range of services to the community through its 4,000+ employees. Sonoma County government has a history of providing excellent and responsive public service while operating under sound fiscal principles. This is achieved in a climate of respect and collegiality. The County enjoys stability in leadership, with four of the five Board members serving a second, third or fifth term. This is further demonstrated by a strong group of department heads. The department heads routinely team with middle management on a variety of successful projects. Historically, labor relations have been stable, with most employees working under long-term MOUs; however, over the next few years, the County will be going through the contract negotiation process with the majority of the bargaining units.