Senior Purchasing Agent

Req No.
Central Health
Job Locations
Regular Full-Time


Under general direction, performs procurement functions in compliance with policies, procedures and applicable State and Federal rules and regulations. With minimal supervision allowing for independent judgement and action, acts as a liaison between department leaders to meet organizational priorities and procures equipment, supplies and services at the best value possible for assigned departments or functions. Prepares informal bids and formal solicitations within established purchasing procedures and applicable laws, reviews departmental requests, communicates with vendors, manages process from planning to execution of contract.



  • Plans, develops and awards simple to complex solicitations and contract awards to support assigned business leader’s strategy and operational needs.
  • Develops informal and formal solicitations based on policy guidance and business needs, including every phase of planning and development of procurements and assists with moderately complex solicitations in key areas.
  • Develops and implements Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) vendor outreach and education.
  • Provides information and assistance to staff regarding purchasing procedures, purchase order/bid status updates and contract
  • Creates, manages and maintains database and documentation, including reviewing for conformity to negotiated rates, rules and
  • Posts public notices as
  • Prepares purchase orders, solicits bid proposals and reviews requisitions for goods and services
  • Research, interview and negotiate with suppliers to obtain prices and
  • 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
  • Places orders against existing contracts or approved
  • Implements records management practices for assigned area(s) according to policy and procedure and maintains assigned files and
  • Performs other duties as

Knowledge of:
• Principles and practices of public sector purchasing


Skill in:

  • Writing specification and scope of work to ensure business needs are achieved;
  • 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;

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 two years of procurement experience, to include:
• development and review of specifications,
• development and review of scopes of work,
• identification and selection of procurement methods,
• issuance of purchase orders against existing cooperative or company group purchasing contracts,
• identification and preparation of evaluation criteria,
• preparation and advertising of solicitation documents, and
• negotiation of proposals.


PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: A minimum of three years of complex procurement experience in governmental procurement, including technical or specialized purchasing such as technology, construction or health care services.

• Professional certification as a professional buyer or public purchasing officer by a national purchasing organization,
• Texas Driver’s License and proof of automobile liability insurance coverage on personal vehicle utilized for work-related purposes.


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