Chief Procurement Officer

  • Company: King County
  • Location: Seattle, Washington 98104 United States
  • Salary:
  • Date Posted: April 4, 2022


King County's Finance and Business Operations Division is searching for an exceptional leader to serve as its Chief Procurement Officer. This leadership position is responsible for continuing a transformation of the County's procurement process to add more value and make the procurement process more efficient and equitable. This transformation is part of the Executive's goal of being a "best run government." The Chief Procurement Officer is responsible for all centrally provided procurement services across King County government. The position plays a key leadership role in initiating or continuing improvement projects that will further advance efficiency and equity in the procurement process.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE For this important role, King County seeks a credible, unifying people leader who is deeply committed to the success of the Procurement and Payables Section, is a strategic big-picture thinker, and can transform a vision for the future into the delivery of services to internal agencies and external customers (i.e., suppliers). Candidates should bring strengths in both external relations and internal management with an ability to balance the two.


In addition, the ideal candidate will:

  • Be a champion for Equity & Social Justice. Understands that systematic racism and its long-term effects are pervasive in our society. Are comfortable having candid and sincere conversations with all employees, customers and stakeholders about race and equity in our work.
  • Bring a background in directing and providing leadership to multi-faceted organizations, including working collaboratively at all levels.
  • Have an exceptional record of successfully managing, developing, and/or implementing strategic initiatives, policies, and systems to achieve these outcomes.
  • Have experience planning and launching strategic sourcing projects that save dollars, avoid pricing volatility, and/or ensure the supply of critical services and commodities. Be customer-focused and comfortable advising and partnering with senior and executive-level management about complex initiatives, polices, and issues.
  • Understand how to manage complex projects including scoping and organizing resources, developing work programs, and facilitating multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Have strategies and ideas to continue reinforcing a culture of employee engagement which supports the development, learning, coaching, and team-building necessary for the workforce of the future.
  • Be a Champion of LEAN processes and standard work, with an emphasis on visible performance measures.
  • Be able to persevere and adapt as required, while working in a multi-faceted and sometimes ambiguous environment.
  • Have certifications in the procurement or project management fields, e.g., Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM), Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO), Certified Project Manager (CPM), or other related certifications are highly desirable.

Application Process


Check out our job posting here: Confidential inquiries are welcome to Brittney Marzest at or 206-477-8104.

Contact Info

Name: Brittney Marzest
Phone: 206-477-8104