Purchasing Director

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Savannah
Location of position: 
Savannah, GA
$71,559 - $107,503
Date Posted: 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Closing Date: 
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Job Description: 

This position is responsible for directing the operations of the Purchasing Department. Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff; handles employee concerns and problems; directs work; counsels and disciplines staff; completes employee performance appraisals; recruits, appoints, and trains staff. Interprets City policy to set bid standards. Advises management regarding controversies and vendor protests; defends purchasing actions and recommendations before City Council as necessary. Handles complex bids; reviews specifications for potential problems; serves on selection committee and manages the overall process to avoid vendor protests. Provides management reports on purchasing activity. Reviews and approves bid specifications to be submitted to vendors; approves all purchase orders. Conducts pre-bid conferences for all formal sealed bids; conducts public bid openings for formal sealed bids; makes recommendations to City Manager and City Council for approval of bids and contracts. Meets with staff to plan contract strategy, discuss vendor performance, and discuss department problems. Serves as a consultant to outside agencies to assist with procurement strategies and bid development. Oversees the City’s Web-bids application to ensure that information is accurate and up-to date. Manages the City’s online surplus auction process. Attends various meetings with other departments; provides input prior to large purchasing decisions. Meets with vendors regarding poor performance or contracts and city specifications problems; responds to vendor inquiries and complaints. Performs other related duties as assigned. Bachelor's degree in Business or Public Administration, Finance, Mathematics, Economics, Accounting, Marketing or Industrial Purchasing; with five years of senior administrative work experience in the area of public purchasing and minority/women business enterprise programs; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Certification as Purchasing Manager, Public Purchasing Officer, or Professional Buyer preferred. A valid driver's license is desired. http://www.savannahga.gov/.