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Purchasing Director

City of Savannah

Posted: Sep. 24, 2018

End Date: Nov. 24, 2018

​Annual Salary
Essential Job Functions

Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff; handles employee concerns and problems; directs work; counsels and disciplines staff; completes employee performance appraisals; recruits, appoints, and trains staff.

Interprets City policy to set bid standards.

Advises management regarding controversies and vendor protests; defends purchasing actions and recommendations before City Council as necessary.

Handles complex bids; reviews specifications for potential problems; manages the overall process to avoid vendor protests.

Provides management reports on purchasing activity.

Reviews and approves bid specifications to be submitted to vendors; approves all purchase orders.

Conducts pre-bid conferences for formal sealed bids; conducts public bid openings for formal sealed bids; makes recommendations to City Manager and City Council for approval of bids and contracts.

Meets with staff to plan contract strategy, discuss vendor performance, and discuss department problems.

Serves as a consultant to outside agencies to assist with procurement strategies and bid development.

Oversees the City's Web-bids application to ensure that information is accurate and up-to-date.

Oversees the inventory function for the City and supervises the staff of the Central Warehouse.

Manages the City's online surplus auction process.

Attends various meetings with other departments; provides input prior to large purchasing decisions.

Meets with vendors regarding poor performance or contracts and city specifications problems; responds to vendor inquiries and complaints.

Performs other related duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Business or Public Administration, Finance, Mathematics, Economics, Accounting, Marketing or Industrial Purchasing; with five years of senior administrative work experience in the area of public purchasing; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Certification as Purchasing Manager, Public Purchasing Officer, or Professional Buyer preferred. A valid driver's license is desired.