Purchasing Agent

  • Company: Gloucester county
  • Location: Gloucester, Virginia
  • Salary: $92,009
  • Date Posted: December 20, 2022


Salary: $92,009 dependent on qualifications

Gloucester County's Purchasing Agent performs supervisory, administrative, and purchasing work for Gloucester County and Gloucester County Public Schools. The Purchasing Agent also performs complex and specialized professional procurement of goods, services, construction and professional services in accordance with County, state, and federal procurement regulations. This position plans, organizes, implements, and evaluates County risk financing and risk control plans to minimize adverse impacts to the County's operational and strategic goals. In this position you must exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment in determining proper contractual agreements to benefit the County and manage the risk and purchasing programs. This position reports to the Chief Financial Officer.

Example of Duties: Plans, organizes, and directs the activities of personnel engaged in the procurement of goods and services for the County and School Board; ensures that subordinates receive training for assigned positions; assists subordinates as necessary, resolving problems as situations arise; supervises all administrative matters in the division including developing goals and objectives, budget preparation and management, performance evaluations, and other personnel matters. Prepares formal solicitation packages for various construction and services including purchase specifications and conditions to elicit competitive pricing from a variety of vendors; attends public bid openings and pre-bid conferences; reviews and evaluates vendors' proposals/bids to determine compliance with stated specifications and conditions; negotiates and recommends purchase contract awards for vendor meeting rates and conditions most favorable to interests of the County and/or Public Schools. Manages claims procedures by developing, implementing, and monitoring the adjustment of liability, subrogation, and property loss issues, developing presentations to communicate risk management policies, monitoring the performance of and providing guidance to internal and outsourced claims services, and resolving unusual claims. Develops and implements strategies to cultivate private and public sector competition to provide risk financing programs for liability, workers compensation, and diverse multi-location properties, through both purchased insurance and self-insurance plans by conducting industry research, interviewing and evaluating service providers, developing plan designs, procurement specifications and databases, and analyzing other public organizations to form cooperative risk financing plans.


-Bachelor's degree in public or business administration, or a related field.

-Minimum of six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in governmental purchasing, risk management, and/or related experience with a minimum of three (3) years of direct supervisory experience.

-Possession of a valid driver's license; possess and maintain a driving record that meets established Gloucester County Driving Standards.

-Local government experience required. Virginia local government experience preferred.

-Any equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

-Certification as a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) or other relevant professional certifications from a recognized purchasing related organization preferred.

Application Process

-To be considered for this position, your online application must include your cover letter, resume, and three (3) professional references.

-Professional references are individuals who can attest to your job related knowledge, skills and abilities while working or in a volunteer capacity and are not family or personally related. Professional references should include job title, company name and address, phone numbers and email address if available.

Please apply at

Contact Info

Name: Faith Pollard
Phone: 804-693-5690