Senior Contract Buyer
Location: Arlington Heights
Under the direction of the Chief Procurement Officer or Procurement Manager is responsible for the procurement of a wide variety of complex operating and capital funded services, materials, and equipment in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations and Pace policies and procedures; creating purchase orders and change orders; analyzing bids/proposals; conducting complex cost and price analyses; conducting research; preparing documents to present to executive management and the Pace Board of Directors; facilitating contract negotiations; collaborating with Pace personnel on contract administration and developing scopes of work; recommending contract termination; educating and assisting others regarding the application of Pace procurement procedures and FTA rules; conducting RFP evaluation committees; gathering and submitting documents responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests; addressing contract compliance issues; mentoring junior buyers, as needed; and performing other duties as assigned or required.
Qualified candidate must have a bachelor's degree in business or related field; a minimum of three to five years of senior mid-level public procurement/contracting experience including prior transit procurement experience and a solid work history; experience procuring construction services and Architectural and Engineering services is preferred; NIGP, NCMA, NASPO or ISM certification is preferred; an aptitude for comprehending rules, policies, regulations, and requirements including the Brooks Act and the Davis-Bacon Act, and correctly applying them to each procurement;
demonstrated ability to work independently and successfully on numerous projects simultaneously and efficiently in order to meet deadlines; excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills and a penchant for detail; a demonstrated aptitude for mathematics; intermediate level proficiency with Microsoft Suites applications including Outlook, Word, and Excel and with ERP systems including Oracle and People Soft; effective problem-solving skills; make sound decisions; and maintain confidentiality. Must be able to work in a professional office environment with the majority of the workday consisting of computer work and must be able to lift up to 10 pounds.
This position is subject to the provisions set forth in 5 ILCS 430/5-45 (c) of the State Officials and Employee Ethics Act.