Procurement Division Chief

City of Gaithersburg - Gaithersburg, MD4.0

30+ days ago
The City of Gaithersburg is seeking an efficiency leader for the full-time position of Procurement Division Chief to direct and oversee the operations, functions, activities, and staff of the Procurement Division. The Procurement Division is part of the Department of Finance & Administration and centrally supports all purchasing activities in the City.

The Procurement Division Chief will be an excellent communicator with outstanding people skills, as the position requires extensive contact with City staff, officials, vendors, and the public. The individual will have the opportunity to help the City continue to develop written operational procedures; as such, the ideal candidate must understand how to balance procurement best practices with operational efficiency.

Customer service both within and outside the organization will be a top priority. The Division Chief will be an innovative and creative problem solver, very analytical, and always looking for ways to improve operations and internal controls while reducing costs. Good judgment and common sense are essential. The ideal candidate will be an excellent day-to-day manager who can keep operations running smoothly while also taking time to consider the future, and will excel at bringing out the best in people, recognizing and mentoring talent, and creating an environment of collaboration and partnership.

Starting salary is negotiable within the hiring range ($73,557 - $95,000) depending on knowledge, qualifications, training, certifications, and experience. The City provides a stellar benefits package and offers excellent work/life balance. Come help us support the mission of the City of Gaithersburg!

JOB FUNCTIONS:What you will do with us:
Organize and direct day-to-day operations of the Procurement Division.
Oversee, administer, and participate in all aspects of formal and informal procurement and contracting activities including the review and approval of formal solicitation packages, purchase orders, and contracts.
Identify best practices in the procurement industry to formulate and implement the Division's strategic and operational plans to support the Department's and the City's directions and goals.
Develop, implement, evaluate, and maintain procurement policies, projects, and programs allocating resources to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of customers and achieve the strategic objectives of the department and the City.
Ensure the procurement process is appropriately utilized throughout the organization; monitor procurement practices of all departments for compliance with policy goals;
Lead and manage the Procurement Division for maximum employee productivity and morale; champion the values of the organization through example and accountability.
Develop and oversee the Division's annual budget.
Ensure Division operations conform to local, state, and federal governmental regulations, other applicable rules and requirements, as well as assuring best practices and good public policy standards are met.
Oversee and coordinate multi-departmental, City-wide and Finance Department purchasing efforts (i.e., office supplies, shredding/document disposal, etc.).
Assume the duties and responsibilities of the Director of Finance and Administration as needed/assigned.
Please click here to view the classification description for the Procurement Division Chief position.

QUALIFICATIONS:What you will need to be considered:
Bachelor's Degree in Purchasing, Business Administration, Accounting, or closely related field.
Seven or more years of experience involving the acquisition of equipment, supplies, services, commodities, and construction for a government agency (preferably municipal) or private company with a substantial purchasing program involving a competitive bidding and negotiation process.
Experience in capital construction and facilities maintenance strongly preferred.
Substantial managerial/supervisory experience.
Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) certification preferred (additional procurement experience may substitute for professional certification).
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and well-developed and professional leadership and interpersonal skills.
Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Interested applicants must submit an online application and resume (attached to the online application) to be considered. The position will remain open until filled; however, for best consideration, please submit your application by August 17, 2018. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of qualified applications are received or all hiring decisions have been made.

You must fill out the application completely; resume and other supporting materials will not be accepted in lieu of a completed online application.

This is a full-time salaried "exempt" position requiring a minimum of 40 hours per week (not eligible for overtime compensation under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the City's personnel regulations).

The successful candidate will be subject to a background investigation and pre-employment medical examination including drug/alcohol screening. Direct deposit of paychecks is a condition of employment for all City of Gaithersburg employees.

For more information regarding the position, contact Stephanie Walker, Director of Finance & Administration, at or 240.805.1019. Questions regarding the online application process may be directed to the Department of Human Resources at or 301.258.6327.

This recruitment will establish an eligibility list which will be used to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other openings in this classification which occur in the next 12 months.