Chief Procurement Officer

Company: Valley Metro RPTA View more listings
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Job Status: Full-time
Salary: See Below
Job ID: 90085

SALARY: $102,206.00 - $127,758.00 Annually

FLSA: Exempt position, not eligible for overtime compensation.

CLOSING DATE: Continuous

The Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) is responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of the Procurement Department; reporting to the Valley Metro General Counsel. Duties include planning, scheduling, monitoring and quality assurance of all contracting and purchasing activities; supervising, directing and evaluating staff; ensuring accountability and compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, and agency policies and procedures.

Bachelor's Degree in business or public administration, contract management, or closely related field and ten (10) years of progressively responsible work experience in contract management and procurement services including five (5) years of senior-level management experience and supervision OR equivalent combination of education and experience to perform the essential duties. Transit and/or public sector procurement experience desirable.

Background Investigation:

  • Employment is contingent upon the results of a background check including a credit check.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Valid Arizona driver's license

  • Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) or Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) or equivalent professional certification is desirable.

The statements listed below describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.

  • Provides leadership and oversight of the operations, functions, activities and staff performing work in the contracts and procurement department which includes planning, coordinating, administering, and evaluating programs, projects, processes, procedures, systems, standards, and/or service offerings;

  • Supervises staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff are trained; ensuring employees follow policies and procedures; maintaining a healthy and safe working environment; and, making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations;

  • Oversees Agency-wide training and instruction to staff as it relates to procurement policies and procedures, e.g. procurement options, best purchasing methods, bidding requirements, ethical requirements, appropriate product/service/vendor evaluation, lease vs. buy decisions, contract administration and problem resolution;

  • Identifies best practices in the procurement industry to formulate and implement the division's strategic and operational plans to support the department's and the agency's directions and goals;

  • Proactively works with leadership and division staff to define procurement needs, scopes of services, deliverables and contractual requirements; provides advice and consultation on procurement issues; and evaluate strategies and approaches to develop innovative methods to meet customers' operational needs while achieving cost savings and improved efficiencies;

  • Performs contract administration and management oversight, including reviewing cost proposals and pre-and post-negotiations memoranda to ensure compliance with FTA requirements;

  • Oversees the award and management of Valley Metro construction and professional services, equipment, and goods. Ensures all contracts and purchases are conducted and administered in accordance with Valley Metro's procurement regulations and in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations;

  • Oversees the development and administration of policies, procedures, programs, goals and objectives; performs internal reviews to ensure procurement and contract procedures are conducted in accordance;

  • Manages the expectations of the contracting community and regulatory agencies; provides prompt and concise feedback or corrective actions as necessary; and develops partnerships with local and regional government procurement agencies to keep abreast of local practices;

  • Develops, administers, maintains, and oversees the department's annual budget; provides leadership and direction to project scopes, schedules and budgets; makes recommendations and forecasts for future funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; reviews and approves department expenditures and implements adjustments;

  • Provides support to the Valley Metro Legal Counsel on matters as directed; reports and communicates status and issues impacting the procurement division; attends and participates in professional group meetings; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; and assisting Legal Counsel in bid protests.

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of Leadership principles;

  • Knowledge of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations;

  • Principles and practices of public administration, public procurement systems and processes;

  • Principles and practices of contract administration in the public sector;

  • Contract cost and price analysis principles and practices;

  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, regulations and agency policies and procedures;

  • Contract law and ability to interpret terms and conditions;

  • Advanced negotiation principles and practices;

  • Principles of business letter writing and report preparation;

  • Principles and procedures of record keeping;

  • Principles of Budgeting;

  • Principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration;

  • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation;

  • Principles of customer service.

Skill in:

  • Contract management and oversight;

  • Motivating and providing direction in the activities of others to accomplish goals; gains the respect and confidence of others; appropriately assign work and authority to others in the accomplishment of goals; provides guidance, training and mentoring to staff;

  • Ability to clearly communicate both internally and externally and adjust communications, both verbal and written, appropriately;

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, SharePoint and associated procurement software;

  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public;

  • Developing and implementing strategic plans;

  • Interpreting, analyzing, and applying federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations;

  • Developing, evaluating, recommending, and implementing processes and procedures;

  • Analyzing and solving problems;

  • Managing and executing multiple tasks;

  • Analyzing complex information;

  • Analyzing processes and making recommendations for improvement;

  • Mediating conflict;

  • Conducting negotiations;

  • Developing and administering budgets;

  • Developing, implementing, and applying policies and procedures.


Physical Demands:
Mobility to work in a typical office setting, use standard office equipment, and to drive a motor vehicle in order to visit work sites and attend meetings; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.


Valley Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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