Senior Buyer

  • Company: City of Torrance
  • Location: Torrance, California 90503 United States
  • Salary: $6,059 to $7,741
  • Date Posted: July 8, 2022


The City of Torrance is recruiting for a Senior Buyer to be part of the Finance Department Team! The Department The Finance Department is a dynamic organization whose mission is to protect the City's assets while providing and supporting the Torrance community with sound financial advice in a timely, cost effective and professional manner. Managing the department's $6.0 million General Fund budget, $16.5 million Self-Insurance budget and day- to-day operations is skillfully executed by 41 staff members. The Finance Director assists the City Manager with the Operating and Capital Improvement Plan budgets, serves as advisor to the Land Management Team and Investment Committee, and presents to the City Council an annual audited statement of the City's financial condition prepared in accordance with governmental reporting standards promulgated by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

Responsibilities of the Finance Department includes: Accounting Accounts Payable Audit-External/Internal Billing/Collection Budget-Operating/Capital Business License Central Cashiering Debt Financing Financial Reporting Payroll Purchasing Revenue Risk Management Worker's Compensation The Position The City of Torrance Finance Department is seeking a highly skilled professional to provide effective oversight of the Purchasing Unit. Under direction, the Senior Buyer supervises and coordinates purchasing unit activities and operations; assists City departments with procurement needs and legal procedures; and ensures purchasing practices are in compliance with legal, professional and City Charter requirements. The Senior Buyer also trains, develops, and supervises staff and monitors work flow; participates in the development and implementation of goals, policies, and priorities for purchasing activities and operations; partakes in vendor selection with departments; and monitors vendor/supplier performance, maintaining applicable records as required.


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QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES Education and Experience Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and skills would be acceptable.

A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Business or Public Administration or a related field. And Four years of increasingly responsible purchasing experience including one year of supervisory and/or lead supervisory experience in a municipal and/or high volume setting. License and/or Certificate A valid California motor vehicle operator's license of the appropriate class. To possess and maintain a certification as a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) certificate from the Institute of Supply Management is desirable.

Ideal Candidate Successful candidates will possess the following: Considerable knowledge and experience in purchasing processes and contract negotiations and management; Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of administration, organization, budget preparation, personnel management, supervision, training and development, and financial administration; Ability to develop, coordinate, and manage complex procurement activities; Comprehensive skill in researching and preparing highly complex specifications, solicitations and contract documents; Experience interpreting local laws, ordinances, and state and federal procurement regulations concerning contractual agreements between government agencies and private contractors; and Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing, including the ability to convey complex and technical subjects in a clear, concise and positive manner.

Application Process

HOW TO APPLY & EXAM PROCESS Interested candidates must submit an online application, supplemental questionnaire, and required attachments at www.TorranceCA.Gov/Jobs. The application filing period is open until filled, however first review of applications is those received by July 19, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Note: If a sufficient amount of qualified applicants are received after the first review date, the position could close at any time.

Only those candidates who best meet the City and Department's needs will be invited to participate in the examination process, which will consist of the following components:

Panel Interview: 100% (Tentatively Scheduled on July 27, 2022)

Contact Info

Name: City of Torrance
Phone: 310-618-2915
Email: Jobs@TorranceCA.Gov