Senior Procurement Specialist

City Of Houston, TX Houston , TX 77020

Posted 2 months ago



The Senior Procurement Specialist plans and directs the procurement of complex, high-tech

and capital equipment, materials and services on a competitive basis and oversees the

creation of contract specifications and standards for the City or a large City department

characterized by industrial and/or high-tech operations and/or facilities.


  • Develops, interprets, reviews and recommends new or improved City and/or departmental procurement policies and procedures to ensure economy and efficiency of operation.

  • Researches, writes, evaluates and approves complex bid proposals, contracts and specifications for the purchasing of complex, high-tech and capital equipment, materials and services.

  • Assigns work, trains and provides guidance to buyers and support staff. Typically supervises and evaluates buyers and support staff.

  • Confers with City engineering, operations, maintenance and other technical personnel to develop detailed and technical specifications. Researches and recommends type and quality of materials, supplies and equipment.

  • Establishes priorities and standards for procurement projects and contracts. Conducts pre-bid meetings and explains and interprets specifications and standards to vendors and department and City officials.

  • Ensures bid invitations are distributed and bid opening dates are advertised. Interprets, evaluates and reviews bids, contracts and proposals for content and conformance to specifications and for Minority/Women's Business Enterprise (M/WBE) capabilities.

  • Makes oral and written presentations on recommendations for purchases requiring upper management and/or Council approval. Prepares financial and administrative reports for upper management.

  • Researches vendors and evaluates their ability to provide and the availability of quality materials, equipment and services. Arranges for and administers tests of materials and equipment to ensure they meet specifications and standards.

  • Researches and keeps updated on industry standards, types, features and quality of products, suppliers and other information by reviewing catalogs, technical and industrial publications and other sources.

  • Interfaces with vendors to achieve conflict resolution. Investigates claims where vendors fail to provide services or materials as specified and recommends action (i.e., penalty).

  • Participates in long-range purchase planning and needs analysis to simplify and standardize service and commodity types and reduce costs.


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.



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


Six years of progressively responsible professional experience in purchasing technical materials, equipment and/or services or performing cost benefit and/or specification analyses are required.

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




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.



Department may administer skills assessment 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.



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

To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: or call (832) 393-6051.

If you need special services or accommodations, call (832) 393-6051. (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 Departmentwill 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.

EOE Equal Opportunity Employer

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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