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General Manager, Purchasing

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Date: Mar 17, 2019

Location: Houston, TX, US

Company: Houston Independent School District

General Manager, Purchasing JobID: 51240
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Business Professionals/Finance & Accounting
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Location:Area:Job Category:
Hattie Mae White Bldg.Northwest
Job Code:Contract Type:Months:
FA0515 12
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  • General Manager Procurement - FA0515.pdf
POSITION TITLE: General Manager, Procurement


Job Code: FA0515



Job Family – Finance & Accounting

JOB SUMMARY: Leads the district’s efforts to provide seamless procurement services to support schools and departments. Develops and implements strategy, vision, and mission and oversight for Procurement, Travel and the Procurement Card Program. Oversee the district’s efforts to advocate fair and equitable business opportunities for MWBE suppliers. Establishes operating policies and procedures for departments that attain the highest code of conduct and ethical standards in accordance with Board policies and State and Federal laws.


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  1. Develops and implements procurement, travel, and procured processes in compliance with state and federal laws and district policies.
  2. Designs, implements, and improves business process initiatives, priorities, and standards. Implements extensive procurement principles and practices to monitor the daily procurement operators. Assesses highly complex change management activities as impact staff within the department.
  3. Works with Business Assistance to develop and improve M/WBE participation on bids, proposals, and quotes. Approves new suppliers and manages existing suppliers for the duration of the contract with the district. Develops relationships with M/WBE suppliers.
  4. Resolves problems encountered within the purchasing functions, including vendors, schools, and departments. Establishes and maintains good working relationships with vendors. Monitors current specification requirements for goods and services.
  5. Establishes and exhibits a thorough knowledge and responsibility of current purchasing statues, regulations, and practices. Implements acceptable procurement practices within the parameters of the board policy and federal and state guidelines.
  6. Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's Degree


TYPE OF SKILL AND/OR REQUIRED LICENSING/CERTIFICATION: SAP, Microsoft Office Office equipment (e.g., computer, copier)

LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES: Directs two or more levels of management in the development, deployment and ongoing management of key initiatives covering multiple major disciplines with direct accountability for results in terms of effectiveness, costs, methods, and employees. Establishes operational objectives and assignments for multiple disciplines/functional areas and possibly departments. Evaluates recommendations of others, deciding on course of action in ambiguous situations, and oversees the deployment of innovative solutions. Collaborates with senior leadership to develop strategies and broad departmental objectives; establishes methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for projects, programs and people in the achievement of strategic objectives.

WORK COMPLEXITY/INDEPENDENT JUDGMENT: Work is highly complex and broad in scope covering several departments/divisions across HISD. Policy, procedures and precedent are created and approved by this position. Supervision received typically consists of providing periodic coaching, advice and feedback.

BUDGET AUTHORITY: Participates in a group plan and/or budget development.

PROBLEM SOLVING: Greater latitude and discretion is warranted in making decisions, which affect major areas of HISD and possibly the organization's public image. The job is constantly expected to apply creative solutions to complex problems and develop new ideas and concepts. Reviews and approves decisions and/or recommendations that may have a significant impact on the entire organization.

IMPACT OF DECISIONS: Decisions have considerable impact to multiple divisions or the organization causing risks or improvements to relationships, significant efficiencies or delays in operations, and/or significant financial gains or expenses. Errors are serious and difficult to discover, normally involve decisions not subject to detailed review and will result in excessive costs and/or significant project delays.

COMMUNICATION/INTERACTIONS: Negotiate and influence - interprets department strategies and services, resolves conflicts, influences outcomes on matters of significance for the division, conducts final negotiations and coordinates approvals/decision making below the executive level. Interactions are typically with customers and Top Management.

CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIPS: Leads others in the resolution of highly sensitive and confidential issues on behalf of the department. Acts as a trusted advisor, and becomes involved in the customer's decision making process including presenting alternatives and information and applying persuasion and negotiation skills in the resolution of problems. Monitors customer service standards.

WORKING/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: Work is normally performed in a typical interior work environment which does not subject the employee to any hazardous or unpleasant elements. Ability to carry and/or lift up to 15 to 44 pounds.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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