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Valley Metro: Chief Procurement Officer


The Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) is responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of the Contracts and Procurement Department; reporting to the Valley Metro Chief Financial Officer. Duties include planning, scheduling, monitoring and quality assurance of all contracting and purchasing activities; supervising, directing and evaluating staff; ensuring accountability and compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, and agency policies and procedures.

This is an open and continuous recruitment. First review of applications will begin August 16, 2019 and weekly thereafter until filled.

FLSA: Exempt position, not eligible for overtime compensation.

Background Investigation:

• Employment is contingent upon the results of a background check including a credit check.

Licenses and Certifications:

• Valid Arizona driver’s license

• Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) or Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) or equivalent professional certification is desirable.


Physical Demands:

Mobility to work in a typical office setting, use standard office equipment, and to drive a motor vehicle in order to visit work sites and attend meetings; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone.

Sedentary Work:

Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Primary Duties

  • Provides leadership and oversight of the operations, functions, activities and staff performing work in the contracts and procurement department which includes planning, coordinating, administering, and evaluating programs, projects, processes, procedures, systems, standards, and/or service offerings;
  • Supervises staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff are trained; ensuring employees follow policies and procedures; maintaining a healthy and safe working environment; and, making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations;
  • Oversees Agency-wide training and instruction to staff as it relates to procurement policies and procedures, e.g. procurement options, best purchasing methods, bidding requirements, ethical requirements, appropriate product/service/vendor evaluation, lease vs. buy decisions, contract administration and problem resolution;
  • Identifies best practices in the procurement industry to formulate and implement the division's strategic and operational plans to support the department's and the agency's directions and goals;
  • Proactively works with leadership and division staff to define procurement needs, scopes of services, deliverables and contractual requirements; provides advice and consultation on procurement issues; and evaluate strategies and approaches to develop innovative methods to meet customers' operational needs while achieving cost savings and improved efficiencies;
  • Performs contract administration and management oversight, including reviewing cost proposals and pre-and post-negotiations memoranda to ensure compliance with FTA requirements;
  • Oversees the award and management of Valley Metro construction and professional services, equipment, and goods. Ensures all contracts and purchases are conducted and administered in accordance with Valley Metro's procurement regulations and in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations;
  • Provides support to the Valley Metro Executive Leadership Team on matters impacting the agency; reports and communicates status and issues impacting the contracts and procurement department; attends and participates in professional group meetings; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; and assisting Valley Metro's General Counsel in bid protests
  • Other

Desired Education & Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in business or public administration, contract management, or closely related field and ten (10) years of progressively responsible work experience in contract management and procurement services including five (5) years of senior-level management experience and supervision
  • OR equivalent combination of education and experience to perform the essential duties.
  • Transit and/or public sector procurement experience desirable.

Desired Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of Leadership principles;
  • Knowledge of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations;
  • Principles and practices of public administration, public procurement systems and processes;
  • Principles and practices of contract administration in the public sector;
  • Contract cost and price analysis principles and practices;
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, regulations and agency policies and procedures;
  • Contract law and ability to interpret terms and conditions;
  • Contract management and oversight; • Motivating and providing direction in the activities of others to accomplish goals; gains the respect and confidence of others; appropriately assign work and authority to others in the accomplishment of goals; provides guidance, training and mentoring to staff; • Ability to clearly communicate both internally and externally and adjust communications, both verbal and written, appropriately;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, SharePoint and associated procurement software; • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public; • Developing and implementing strategic plans; • Interpreting, analyzing, and applying federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations;
  • Other

Salary Range

$102,206.00 to $127,758.00

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