Senior Purchaser

Req No.
Central Health
Job Locations
Regular Full-Time


Under general direction, performs advanced level purchasing and procurement functions, in compliance with policies and applicable State and Federal rules and regulations.  Procures equipment, supplies and services at the best price possible including assigned commodities and services below $5,000 bid limit requirements.  Prepares bids and solicitations within established purchasing procedures and applicable laws, reviews departmental requests, communicates with vendors, examines price, suitability, and availability of items or services.  Works directly with department leaders to support organizational priorities.


Essential Duties:
• Plans, develops and awards simple to complex solicitations and contract awards including formulating and proposing the development of terms, conditions, scopes of work and specifications, designing, recommending and implementing evaluation tools and formats, overseeing the evaluation process, negotiating final prices and terms, recommending awards based on results of the evaluation process, and with legal support as appropriate, coordinating the development of contracts.
• Provides information and assistance to staff regarding purchasing procedures, purchase order/bid status updates and contract status.
• Creates, manages and maintains database and documentation, including reviewing for conformity to negotiated rates, rules and regulations.
• Posts public notices as applicable.
• Prepares purchase orders, solicits bid proposals and reviews requisitions for goods and services purchased.
• Research, interview and negotiate with suppliers to obtain prices and specifications.
• Coordinates and manages pre-bid conferences with vendors
• Compiles data for, and prepares Contract, Procurement and HUB Utilization reports for Executive Management and the Board of Managers.
• Places orders against existing contracts or approved requisitions. Creates purchase orders for the acquisition of materials and services and processes all paperwork necessary.
• Verifies bills and invoices against bids and purchase orders and approves for payment.
• Implements records management practices for assigned area(s) according to policy and procedure and maintains assigned files and records.
• Administers the Procurement Card Program by providing direct support to the credit card holders.
• Tracks and disposes of surplus property according to established procedures.
• Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:
• Principles and practices of public sector purchasing
Skill in:
• Evaluating bids and proposals;
• Thinking critically using logic and analysis to identify strengths and weaknesses of different approaches
• Utilizing computer-based purchasing applications (Bid Sync);
• Researching equipment, vendors and other information as relates to purchasing
• Listening to internal and external customers and ascertaining appropriate information;
• Effectively communicating information and ideas verbally, and in writing;
• Organization and time management;
• Developing approaches for implementing ideas.
Ability to:
• Develop complex solicitation documents to procure necessary goods and services;
• Correctly follow established statutes, rules, processes and procedures;
• Manage a heavy workload and meet deadlines, as required;
• Evaluate contracts and recommend future status;
• Pay attention to details.




MINIMUM EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE: A minimum of four years of Purchasing experience, to include development and review of specifications, development and review of scopes of work, identification and selection of procurement methods, the issuance of purchase orders against existing cooperative or company group purchasing contracts, the verification of the inspection of merchandise or receipt of services by the company , identification and preparation of evaluation criteria, preparation and advertising of solicitation documents, tabulation of respondent bids, evaluation of respondent proposals, negotiation of proposals, and the preparation and completion of contract award documents.


PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: A minimum of two years of complex purchasing experience including technical or specialized purchased such as technology, construction or health care services.

PREFERRED CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSURE: Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB preferred), CPPB must be obtained within 18 months of hire date. May require current Texas Driver’s License and proof of automobile liability insurance coverage on personal vehicle utilized for work-related purposes.


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