Purchasing Director

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Savannah Purchasing Department
Location of position: 
Savannah, GA
Depends on Qualifications
Date Posted: 
Monday, July 8, 2019
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Job Description: 

Purpose Are you looking for a career with purpose? A learning environment to enhance your leadership skills? The City of Savannah is looking for an experienced self-directed leader who is forward thinking and will guide the development of modern procurement practices. In your role as the Purchasing Director, you will have a positive impact on our employees and organization for years to come. As a new team member, you will have the opportunity to lead, support and influence the outcome of all City purchasing processes and other similar projects. We look forward to having you join our team!

Essential Job Functions 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; 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 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.

Oversees the inventory function for the City and supervises the staff of the Central Warehouse.

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.

Minimum Qualifications 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; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Supervisory experience required. Certification as Purchasing Manager, Public Purchasing Officer, or Professional Buyer preferred. A valid driver's license is desired.