Recruitment #19-A2-1962

Job Description

Loudoun County’s award winning Procurement Division is currently seeking highly qualified applicants for an Assistant Purchasing Agent. This position will provide direct supervision to four Contracting Officers and one Senior Buyer on the Capital Contracting Team.

As an Assistant Purchasing Agent, this position will act on behalf of the Purchasing Agent in her absence. In addition, this position will handle high level, complex, procurements through competitive sealed bidding and competitive negotiation for a wide variety goods and services including new construction, renovations, design-build projects, architectural and engineering services, facility improvements and related contracts.

This position will also be required to perform detailed analysis on claims, disputes, and protests as well as conduct research and implement process improvements for the Capital Contracting Team. Position works with staff at all levels of the organization and must frequently prepare and present contract award recommendations to department heads, committees, and the Board of Supervisors in a public forum.

Excellent written and oral communication and public presentation skills are necessary for this challenging position. Additionally, attention to detail and good organization skills are essential to be successful in this position. Successful candidate must have excellent computer and research skills and experience with an automated purchasing system.

Job Requirements

Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in business, public administration or related field and four years of progressive experience in the procurement of municipal goods and services.

Prior experience serving in a supervisory/leadership role is required. Preference is given to those with Certified Professional Public Buyer and/or Certified Public Procurement Officer certifications. Knowledge of the Virginia Public Procurement Act is preferred, but training will be provided. Experience in construction contracting is highly preferred.

Special Requirements

The successful candidate must be available to support evening Board and Board committee meetings.

Post Conditional Offer Contingencies

Successful candidate will undergo criminal background, credit and DMV checks.