Hennepin County is hiring a Director of Purchasing and Contract Services. The Purchasing Director develops and implements a strategic approach to the county’s contracting and procurement for goods, construction, and other services. Additionally, this position develops and administers procurement policies and procedures that add value and efficiency. This position aligns procurement processes with industry best practices and assures sufficient internal control and compliance with state and federal rules, regulations and laws.
The Director of Purchasing and Contracting Services is a key contributor in the county's work to reduce disparities via the work with county contracts, and the Purchasing and Contract Services division's governance over thousands of contracts and sub-contracts, totaling over $750 million annually, that have standards to help reduce disparities. Specifically, through Small Business Enterprise, Minority Business Enterprise, Women Business Enterprise programs, Prevailing Wage and Workforce Entry Programs. This position requires knowledge in process management, negotiation, best value procurement, and government purchasing and contracts.
Location and hours: This position is hybrid and will be performed both on-site at the Government Center at 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis and virtually as job duties require. Work hours will typically be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with flexibility. While this position is designated as hybrid, based on current requirements, hires must reside in Minnesota or Wisconsin.
About the position type:
This position is unclassified full-time and benefit-earning. Unclassified positions are at will and are not subject to HR law/rules.
This position is internally classified as a Director. Click here to view the job classification specification.
Note: You must attach a resume and cover letter with your application materials to be considered for this position.
In this position, you will:
Develop program goals and objectives for Purchasing and Contract Services programs and use a range of procurement methods in all contract categories – construction, goods and services and personal & professional services – to advance county goals - including disparity reduction and climate action.
Implement and oversee the County's Small Business Enterprise and Equal Employment Opportunity programs.
Provide focused direction and leadership on strategic long-term procurement policies and procedures for the Purchasing and Contracts Services division and employees to enhance organizational value, consistency, and efficiency.
Empower team and exert influence to ensure best value for the county.
Seek opportunities to realize quality improvement, efficiency, and disparity reduction.
Engage stakeholders – building and maintaining relationships with trades, associations and industries to ensure a foundation of trust and confidence.
Internal engagement – build trust and strong partnerships with the County Administrator, Assistant County Administrators, Department Directors and leaders across the county to ensure mutual success.
Need to have: One of the following:
Bachelor's degree or higher in business administration, public administration, health care administration, legal studies, or another field related to the business and seven years or more of management or administrative experience.
Eleven years or more of management or administrative experience.
And the ability to demonstrate the Director competencies:
Customer Focus – Dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of current and potential customers; establish and maintain effective relationships with community groups; ability to communicate customer focus to the organization.
Integrity and Trust – Widely trusted; seen as a direct, truthful individual; keep confidences; admit mistakes; establish and maintain trusting and respectful relationships with others.
Create Vision & Purpose – Communicate a vision and sense of core purpose that is in line with that of the county; can inspire and motivate all staff.
Relationship Management – Ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with partners on the county, regional, state and national level; establish effective partnerships with labor organizations; ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with community, advisory boards, and elected officials.
Organizational Management – Direct and administer complex and changing programs and services.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Foster commitment and build support for a diverse and inclusive organization that represents the residents we serve.
Leadership – Provide effective leadership to direct reports and the organization; is an experienced, and visionary leader with excellent people and communication skills; ability to link actions back to vision and mission.
Strategic Resource Management – Effectively manage a broad spectrum of resources including human resources, financial and capital projects, and technology.
Five years or more of purchasing and contracting experience.
Knowledge and demonstrated ability to examine and directly address the impacts of structural and institutional racism and successfully apply diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices to reduce disparities.
Leading and managing staff.
Working with trades, business associations, and other regional governments.
Government purchasing and contracting.
PeopleSoft system and/or other integrated financial systems.
Develop and implement a strategic approach to the county’s contracting and procurement for goods, construction, and other services.
Work with elected officials, administrators, and policy makers with disparate viewpoints.
Anticipate future trends, assess impact of issues and display a systems thinking approach.
About the department: In Purchasing and Contract Services, we make it our mission to join with vendors and county departments in purchasing needed goods and services through a process that is cost effective, fair and accessible to all businesses and to ensure that we contract with vendors who share the county's commitment to Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.
About Hennepin County: Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. The county has seven lines of business and fifty departments that are focused on the county’s Northstar, “Serving Residents”. The work of all lines of business and departments is strategically focused on reducing disparities that have disproportionately impacted residents in seven interconnected domains: education, employment, income, health, housing, transportation, and justice.
Each of the county’s 9,000 employees plays a role in advancing the priorities and goals of reducing disparities and creating opportunity for all who live, work and do business here. Key priorities: Disparity reduction Climate action
Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at The Bridge (login as Guest).
Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.
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This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.
Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. Final candidates will be required to complete a background check.
Hennepin County is the largest county in the Minnesota employing 8,500 employees. Hennepin County is home to forty-five cities and twenty-two Independent Schools Districts. There have been over five cities in Hennepin County to be voted on the top places to live in the United States.