Placer County

Purchasing Manager (#19868)

$54.55-$68.11 Hourly / $9,455.33-$11,805.73 Monthly / $113,464.00-$141,668.80 Yearly



To plan, organize, direct, and manage the activities of the Procurement Services Division, including the activities of a centralized purchasing program for the County; to serve as Purchasing Agent per code and statutory requirements; to coordinate purchasing activities with other divisions and departments; and to provide highly complex staff assistance to the Assistant County Executive Officer or his/her designee.


The Manager level recognizes positions that provide full line and functional management responsibility for a division or program area within a department.


Receives administrative direction from higher-level management staff.

Exercises direct supervision over professional, technical, and clerical staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop and implement division goals, objectives, policies, and procedures. 
  • Plan, organize, and direct centralized procurement activities of the County, including coordination and consolidation of departmental needs for standardized materials, supplies, equipment and contracted services; review and analyze purchase requests; perform the most complex contract negotiations and purchases. 
  • Direct, oversee, and participate in the development of the Procurement Services Division work plan; assign work activities, projects, and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures. 
  • Prepare assigned budget(s); assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecasting of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; administer the approved budget. 
  • Recommend the appointment of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the division. 
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees, and the public using principles of good customer service. 
  • Represent the division to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary. 
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence. 
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment with controlled temperature conditions. Position may require travel to and from other locations in a variety of outdoor weather conditions and lifting various materials and supplies. 


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible experience in purchasing, preferably with a public agency, including two years of supervisory responsibility.

Training: Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, economics, or a related field.  A master's degree is desirable.

Required License or Certificate: 
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required. 
  • Possession of or ability to obtain the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO), or equivalent certification is desirable. 


Knowledge of: 
  • Principles and practices of public agency procurement, receiving, and warehousing. 
  • Materials, supplies, equipment, and contracted services used by a large public agency. 
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution. 
  • Pertinent local, state, and federal laws, ordinances, and rules applicable to public procurement. 
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment. 
  • Principles and practices of policy development and implementation. 
  • Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management. 
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques. 
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and personnel management. 

Ability to: 
  • Organize and direct centralized procurement operations. 
  • On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations, and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem-solve department related issues; remember various rules; explain and interpret policy. 
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use a telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; lift light weight. 
  • Perform the most complex work of the Procurement Services Division. 
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals. 
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion. 
  • Interpret and apply local, state, and federal laws, ordinances, and rules applicable to public procurement.
  • Prepare and administer assigned budget(s). 
  • Supervise, train and evaluate staff. 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


Length of Probation: 
This classification serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority and has no specific term and no right to continuous employment.  

Bargaining Unit: 
Unclassified management

CLASS: 19868; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 1/13/2020;