Los Angeles Community College District

Senior Procurement Specialist (#5116)

$47.81-$59.23 hourly / $8,286.80-$10,265.89 monthly / $99,441.60-$123,190.68 annual


Definition

Negotiates, prepares, and processes complex contracts, leases, and procurement documents for a wide variety of equipment, materials, supplies and services for the District and supervises the activities of an assigned procurement unit.

Typical Duties

Purchases the more complex materials, supplies, equipment and services using a computerized purchasing system in accordance with pertinent policies, laws, regulations, rules, and limits.

Prepares and negotiates the more difficult contracts and leases of equipment, materials, supplies, and services for the District.

Purchases the more complex materials, supplies, equipment and services using a computerized purchasing system in accordance with pertinent policies, laws, regulations, rules, and limits.

Plans, assigns, and supervises the activities of an assigned procurement unit.

Advises officials throughout the District on contract requests, and on the development, preparation, interpretation, and revision of technical specifications for the procurement and lease of materials, equipment, and services in accordance with applicable laws and District policies.

Interprets and explains codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures pertaining to District procurement, leasing, and contractual agreements to District staff, representatives of other agencies, and prospective bidders.

Researches and determines the most economical methods for procuring and leasing materials and supplies based on need, cost, and storage facilities; evaluates the advantages of lot bidding for District-wide procurements; reviews lease versus purchase questions; and makes recommendations thereon.

Develops and prepares the more complex technical procurement specifications and bidding documents for products and services for formal bidding.

Coordinates the development and preparation of annual continuing price contracts and purchase agreements.

Interviews sales representatives of current and prospective vendors regarding product specifications, new and improved products, trade practices, product availability, and pricing.

Locates sources of supply where the potential number of vendors is likely to be limited, including non-local markets.

Reviews bid specifications and/or scopes of work prior to advertising.

Evaluates bid responses to determine responsiveness to specifications and related terms and conditions.

Negotiates price, discount, and delivery provisions with vendors.

Determines and sets performance standards for vendors in conformance with District policies and procedures; evaluates vendor performance.

Troubleshoots and resolves the more non-routine procurement problems and issues.

Troubleshoots and resolves the more non-routine problems and issues over contractual interpretations and between vendors and users regarding deficiencies in quality of goods or services received by the District.

Organizes demonstrations and tests of products.

Develops and conducts training sessions for employees on contracts, leasing, and procurement procedures and practices.

Prepares and reviews reports related to contracts, leasing, and procurement activities for submission to the Board of Trustees.

Maintains records related to contracts, leasing, and purchasing activities, costs, and expenditures.

Recommends changes in procurement practices and procedures to the Procurement Manager.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Senior Procurement Specialist performs the more difficult and complex negotiation, preparation, and processing of contracts, leases, and procurement documents for a variety of equipment, materials, supplies, and services for the District and supervises the activities of a procurement unit. An incumbent in this class applies a thorough knowledge of business and contract law in the performance of assigned duties.

A Procurement Specialist negotiates, prepares, and processes complex contracts, leases, and procurement documents for a variety of equipment, materials, supplies, and services for the District.

A Procurement Manager plans, coordinates and manages the procurement activities of the District which include the negotiation, preparation, and execution of a variety of contracts, leases, and procurement activities in accordance with applicable law and policy.

Supervision

General supervision is received from the Procurement Manager. Immediate supervision is exercised over lower-level professional, technical, and clerical employees.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Practices and procedures of public and private funding, contracting and procurement

District business procedures, processes, and policies pertinent to contracts and procurement

Business law and sections of California State Codes pertinent to competitive bidding, contracting, leasing, and procurement

Legal procedures involved in obtaining formal and negotiated bids

Commodity markets, prices, and sources of supply

Current trends and developments related to contracts and procurement

Principles and methods of negotiations

Commodity testing organizations and facilities

Marketing practices of manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors

Safety and health factors related to various commodities

Principles and practices of business and public administration

Principles of supervision and training

Capabilities of computer systems, hardware, and applications used in the contracting and procurement process

Ability to:

Plans, coordinates, and supervises the activities of an assigned procurement unit

Negotiate contract terms favorable to the District and in accordance with law and District policies

Purchase supplies, materials, and equipment in accordance with cost, technical specifications, and delivery requirements

Acquire materials at the best price in accordance with law, specifications, quality, and delivery requirements

Interpret and apply statutes and ordinances related to contracting and purchasing activities

Work effectively with all levels of District staff, contractors, and vendors

Secure confidence, respect, and cooperation of individuals and organizations contacted in the course of work

Collect, interpret, and evaluate complex data; make sound recommendations

Complete complex assignments independently

Plan and organize work to meet deadlines

Make presentations of technical and complex information in a group setting

Evaluate work methods and procedures

Prepare accurate and complete written technical specifications, correspondence, and reports

Ensure compliance with bid and contract specifications

Travel to on and offsite meetings

Train, motivate, and supervise assigned staff

Effectively utilize computer equipment and management information systems in the performance of duties

Learn specialized computer software applications

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

A.  A bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university, preferably with a major in business administration, public administration, economics, law, or a related field AND four years of full-time, paid professional-level experience in the contracting and acquisition of a variety of equipment, materials, supplies, and services. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

OR

B.  Certification as a Public Purchasing Officer or its equivalent AND four years of full-time, paid professional-level experience in the contracting and acquisition of a variety of equipment, materials, supplies, and services.

OR

C.  A master’s degree from a recognized college or university with a major in business administration, public administration, economics, law, or a related field AND two years of full-time, paid professional-level experience in the contracting and acquisition of a variety of equipment, materials, supplies, and services. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Special:

A valid Class “C” California driver’s license. Travel throughout the District is required.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.

 


CLASS: 5116; EST: 11/22/2017; REV: ;