• Company: Northern Water
  • Location: BERTHOUD, Colorado 80513 United States
  • Salary: $96,000 to $117,000
  • Date Posted: May 10, 2021



Northern Water is seeking a Procurement Officer to serve as the principal public procurement official for Northern Water. This individual will be responsible for enforcing the Procurement Policy in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and regulations. This position performs planning, managing, coordinating and administration of purchasing activities including establishing procedures and ensuring compliance, implementation, review and amending of existing policies while monitoring ethical practices within purchasing activities. This person will supervise employees, act as liaison with other departments, ensure the preparation of all purchase documents and materials and other procurement-related activities. Northern Water is growing and we're seeking employees who are passionately committed to helping us collect and deliver water to more than 1,021,000 people and about 615,000 acres of irrigated farmland. Since 1937 our strong and stable reputation has attracted employees to be a part of our mission. We offer competitive pay, exceptional benefits, and a workplace environment that offers great culture and collaboration. With more than 150 employees, most are based at our beautiful Berthoud, Colo. headquarters, and about 20 are based in scenic Grand County on the West Slope of the Continental Divide. This is an exciting time to become a part of our organization as we embark on building two of the largest water storage projects in recent United States history. We're proud of our reputation as a leading water delivery, conservation and management organization, not only in the western United States, but across the nation. Come join our team!


The Financial Services Department manages Northern Water and the Municipal Subdistrict's financial affairs, including processing vendor payments and customer receipts, processing payroll, procuring goods and services, producing financial reports, investing funds, managing debt, and producing the annual budget. Northern Water's fiscal year begins October 1 and ends September 30 of each year. GENERAL STATEMENT This position serves as Northern Water's principal public procurement official and is responsible for enforcing the Procurement Policy in accordance with applicable Federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations. This position performs planning, managing, coordinating, and administration of purchasing activities.


  • Establishes procedures for the purchase of commodities and services; ensures compliance with all applicable laws and procurement policies and procedures.
  • Implements policies and reviews, evaluates, and recommends changes to existing policies.
  • Ensures purchasing practices are consistent, open, and designed to encourage maximum competition and best value procurements.
  • Maintains purchasing function within ERP software.
  • Maintains bidding and RFP system (Rocky Mountain e-Purchasing / BidNet)
  • Leverages the procurements performed by the State of Colorado and other agencies as necessary to achieve the best pricing.
  • Supervises employees as assigned.
  • Establishes and monitors ethical practices within the purchasing activities.
  • Acts as a liaison with other departments to resolve procurement matters and provides advisement relative to the timing of purchases/solicitations.
  • Consults and coordinates with personnel concerning bid invitations, specifications, contracts, payments, and other purchasing matters.
  • Meets and negotiates with vendors and other business representatives to discuss purchasing requirements, resolves procurement disputes, evaluates vendor performance and conformance with specifications, and engages in market searches for new suppliers, materials, and processes.
  • Ensures the preparation of all formal purchase proposals, conducts public bid openings, evaluation of bids, and purchase of all materials specified in the bids.
  • Issues purchase orders and other documents authorizing the purchase of various commodities contracted for by purchasing activities.
  • Provides advisement to staff responsible for establishing inventory procedures and policies.
  • Monitors market conditions and pricing trends; keeps informed of changes in laws, regulations, and developments affecting purchases.
  • Assists in the disposal of surplus materials.
  • Works closely with Accounts Payable staff to ensure purchase orders are created in an effective manner as related to invoice payment.



  • Education Bachelor's degree in purchasing, supply chain management, or a related field. A combination of advanced learning and years of experience may be substituted for a degree. Experience
  • Five to seven years of experience in government buying and solicitation of materials and services required.
  • One to three years of supervisory experience required.
  • Infor CloudSuite Supply Chain Management experience preferred.
  • Disaster response and recovery experience preferred.


  • Certified Public Buying Officer (CPPB) required.
  • Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) preferred.
  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) preferred.
  • Member of National Institute for Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) preferred
  • Member of Rocky Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association (RMGPA) preferred


  • General knowledge of GSA purchasing procedures.
  • Strong working knowledge of local and national cooperative purchasing programs and agreements.
  • General knowledge of managerial principles, techniques, and their practical application.
  • Thorough knowledge of policies, rules, and regulations governing public procurements.
  • Thorough knowledge of modern purchasing, methods, and practices.
  • Extensive knowledge of commodities used by water-related public agencies or utilities, conduct of sealed bid procurement, vendor relations, specifications, price trends, traffic, receiving and inspection, accounts payable, and minority vendor programs.
  • Thorough knowledge of 2CFR Part 200 (Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards) Sections 317-326.
  • Considerable knowledge of contract law. Skills
  • Extensive knowledge of sole source situations.
  • Use appropriate judgment and initiative in making recommendations and resolving matters that are highly complex and sensitive in nature.
  • Navigation of third-party solutions related to electronic purchasing systems.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing, including conveyance of complex and technical subjects in a clear, concise, and positive manner. Abilities
  • Thorough understanding of standard contracting and negotiating procedures.
  • Professionally interact and consult with Northern Water's legal staff.
  • Organize, coordinate, and supervise the work of others.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with employees, the public, and other private and public sector organizations.

Application Process

Submit resume and cover letter by - Open Until Filled to: Preferred Northern Water 220 Water Avenue Berthoud, CO 80513

Contact Info

Name: Dirk Banks
Phone: 970-622-2292