Purchasing Manager

City Of Houston, TX Houston , TX 77020

Posted 4 weeks ago


Applications accepted from: All Persons Interested

Posting Number: 20647

Division: Strategic Procurement

Workdays & Hours: Monday-Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.*

  • Subject to change


Direct, manage, supervise and coordinate the training programs and procurement activities of the Strategic Procurement Division; to coordinate assigned activities with other City departments, divisions and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to all City Department procurement functions, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Provide training, motivation and evaluation to all procurement personnel throughout the City; provide and coordinate staff training within SPD; work with employees to develop short and long-term goals, monitor accomplishments, establish performance requirements and personal development targets and provide coaching for performance improvement and development.

  • Lead the development and implementation of the City's procurement training programs including integration of globally accepted public procurement standards and best practices, implementation of new technology and reinforcement of existing tools.

  • Reinforce procurement operations that support the City's strategic and operational objectives.

  • Participate in the dissemination and enforcement of the City's programs and policies as they relate to the procurement of goods and services, including construction, and the application of the MWBE program.

  • Act as the procurement process training liaison for all City departments.

  • Research and stay current on industry standards including key cost drivers affecting contracted pricing as well as supply and demand.

  • Review bids, contracts and proposals for content and conformance to specifications and makes recommendations for improvement.

  • Coordinate and provides oversight of contract compliance and vendor performance.

  • Actively participate in outside training and train-the-trainer opportunities with special emphasis on NIGP and ISM programs.

  • Understand the concepts of Six Sigma and LEAN principles and incorporate them in the training programs.

  • Exhibit excellent customer service and communication skills.

  • Identify and recommend strategies and procedures to improve the procurement process.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


This position is physically comfortable; the individual has discretion about walking, standing, etc. There are no major sources of discomfort in a normal office environment. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS


Requires a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Purchasing or a field closely related to the work being performed.


Six years of progressively responsible professional purchasing experience are required, with at least two of the years as a supervisor in purchasing or as a Procurement Specialist.

Professional purchasing experience may substitute for the above education requirement on a year-for-year basis.




Strong analytical, business, written and verbal communications skills. Strong background in public speaking, organization of work, time management and building inter-City working relationships. Knowledge of governmental procurement concepts and practices. Superior knowledge of all aspects of the City's purchasing systems and SAP applications.

Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.



None; however, Department may administer skills assessment test.


If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.


Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification. The salary range is:

Pay Grade 27


Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during active posting period. Applications must be submitted online at: www.houstontx.gov.

To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/default.cfm or call 832-393-7222.

If you need special services or accommodations, call 832-393-7222. (TTY 7-1-1)

If you need login assistance or technical support call 855-524-5627.

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided.

EEO Equal Employment Opportunity

The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

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