Sr. Procurement Specialist (Sr. Contract Buyer) - Hybrid - Pace Suburban Bus, Chicago, IL

  • Company: Pace Suburban Bus, Chicago, IL
  • Location: Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005 United States
  • Salary: $85,000 to $85,000
  • Date Posted: January 3, 2023
  • Closing Date: February 28, 2023


Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL. GovHR USA is pleased to announce the recruitment and selection process for procurement staff with expertise in full cycle purchasing. These positions are responsible for procurement of a wide variety of complex operating and capital funded services, materials, and equipment in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations and public procurement regulations. The successful candidate should possess experience in procuring suppliers and in-depth supply chain knowledge. A top-tier candidate will be one whose industry expertise has translated into overseeing a large portfolio of successful, cost-effective procurements. The position reports to the Deputy Chief Procurement Officer or Chief Procurement Officer. About Pace Pace Suburban Bus is the premier suburban transit provider, safely and efficiently moving people to work, school, and other regional destinations. Pace’s family of public transportation services offer affordable and environmentally responsible transit options for residents of 284 municipalities in Cook, Will, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and McHenry counties. The backbone of Chicago’s suburbs, Pace services tens of thousands of daily riders. One of the largest bus services in North America, Pace covers 3,677 square miles in an area nearly the size of the state of Connecticut and about 15 times the size of the City of Chicago. Pace’s innovative approach to public transportation gives the Agency a national reputation as an industry leader. Primary Duties and Responsibilities: • Collaborate with department staff on development of the scope of work, negotiation of terms and conditions and contract administration. • Determine supply needs and research potential suppliers. • Source suppliers, create purchase orders and change orders, release request for quote (RFQ) and/or request for proposal (RFP) and facilitate presentation to evaluation committee(s). • Analyze bids and proposals; conduct complex cost, price analyses and research; document the features and benefits of products for presentation to executive management and the Board of Directors. • Serve as liaison and point person for: o handling multiple change orders. o pricing and performance needs to vendors and suppliers and facilitates the process through contract negotiations and recommend contract termination if/when appropriate; and o other team members in the organization regarding the application of procurement procedures and Federal Transit Administration rules. • Prepare cost-benefit analysis and generate specific cost and/or other reports. • Monitor demand for product(s) to keep pipeline stocked and avoid shortages. • Respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. More information • Pace has a hybrid work environment after completion of the 6-month probationary period. • In addition to generous health, dental and vision benefit programs, Pace also extends participation in the follow plans: o Retirement Benefits –Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Pension Plan or opting out and receiving a 7% employer contribution to RTA 401(k) Plan. o Retirement Savings Plans – Voluntary deferrals are allowed on a pre-tax basis and/or Roth basis to the 401(k) or 457(b) plans o Tuition reimbursement • If work / life balance is important to you, Pace offers this cutting-edge package: o Vacation – 2 weeks (Accrual during the first year) o Paid Time Off (Leave) – 15 days annually with ability to convert unused hours to sick or 401(k) contribution o Paid Holidays – 6 days o Floating Holidays – 5 days • Pace is setting the employer standard for offering a full-service health and wellness programs that include: o Flexible Spending Health and Dependent Care (Pace contributes 30% up to a maximum amount of $1,500 for dependent care) o Employee Life and Supplemental Life Insurance for the entire family o Health Club Reimbursement (up to $40 per month) o On-site Wellness Program o MetLife • Protection Plus Identity Theft Program and • Pet Insurance • Anticipated hiring range: $85,000 +/- DOQ


Qualifications: • Bachelor's degree in finance, business or public administration, finance, accounting, or a related field at least three (3) years of mid-level procurement and contracting experience or equivalency of education, experience, and training. • Experience with handling major information technology, professional services, construction, and other procurements, and handling multiple change orders. • Working knowledge of the Brooks Act provisions covering the contracting process for federal Government selection of engineering and architectural firms • Intermediate proficiency with business software (Microsoft Suite), ERP (Oracle and Peoplesoft) and proprietary procurement and analytical software. • Experience with handling a large portfolio of assigned procurements to ensure no audit findings and overseeing vendor disputes for assigned process and contracts. • Government experience procuring construction, architectural and engineering services, including is preferred. • Preferred credentials include o National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), o National Contract Management Association (NCMA), o National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), o Certified Professional in Supply management (CPSM) and/or o Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD) certifications. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities • In-depth business management, supply chain, and strategic sourcing knowledge. • Aptitude for understanding and effectively communicating and applying policies, rules regulations, and requirements (including the Brooks Act and the Davis-Bacon Act) to each procurement. • Demonstrated ability to multi-task to meet deadlines. • Work independently, confidentially, and efficiently. • Advanced analytical skills. • Exceptional negotiation skills. • Excellent interpersonal and both written and verbal communication skills. • Problem solver with detail orientation. • Demonstrated aptitude for mathematics.

Application Process

Application Instructions Please submit résumé, cover letter, and contact information for five professional or supervisory references online at Resumes will be reviewed as they are received, and the position open until filled. Questions regarding the recruitment may be directed to: Joan Walko, Senior Vice President GovHR USA, LLC, (410) 499-9586 Pace Bus is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Contact Info

Name: Joan Walko
Phone: 410-499-9586
Closing Date: February 28, 2023