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Purchasing Agent

Finance Department – Purchasing Division

City of Milpitas, California

Annual Salary: $114,167 – $147,244 DOE/DOQ

The City of Milpitas is seeking an experienced, strategic, and detail-oriented Purchasing Agent to lead the critical functions of the Purchasing Division within the Finance Department. This position is responsible for the oversight of two staff members and receives general direction from the Director of Finance. This exciting role holds great authority over all centralized purchasing activities of the City including the purchase of materials, supplies, and services, creating requests for bids and proposals, vendor contract administration, and reviewing vendor insurance requirements. The City emphasizes efficiency in the administration of all procurement activities and transitioned procurement onto internet-hosted technologies. The successful candidate will display enthusiasm for integrating the City’s novel technologies into the procurement process and engaging Citywide departments and buyers for enhanced procurement outcomes. There is abundant room for problem-solving and creativity in this position. If you are excited to lead an award-winning purchasing team, apply today!

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The Purchasing Agent will oversee the Purchasing Division and report to the Director of Finance. This leader will supervise buyers and cultivate strong connections with vendors to provide the City with quality labor, knowledgeable contractors, exceptional technology, and cost-effective supplies – with an ultimate goal of maximizing taxpayer dollars.

The Purchasing Agent will oversee staff to provide guidance to all departments in regard to requisitioning procedures and the cost and availability of essential goods and train staff to use current procurement technology and regulatory requirements. As government procurement can be a long and detailed process, the City is continually seeking new ways to revolutionize the process. The City participated in the testing and evolution of OpenGov’s ProcureNow automated procurement suite – pioneering new and exciting ways for public sector organizations to streamline their procurement processes. Now, over 1,000 governments across the United States use ProcureNow. The Purchasing Agent will be empowered with this and other programs designed to make the process easier and more compliant. Going forward, this role will mentor staff in the use of technology and spearhead efforts to continuously improve the City’s procurement activities.


The successful candidate will have proven leadership experience in purchasing, ideally for a city municipality. There is an emphasis on the highest level of compliance in the proceedings of the Purchasing Division. The incoming Purchasing Agent will understand the principles and practices of organization, administration, budget, and personnel management. They will exhibit a strong commitment to adhering to intricate processes and regulations, while delivering professional customer service throughout the bureaucratic landscape. They will be highly organized, detail-oriented, analytical, patient, and diligent to ensure compliance with all required procedures. As this position will interact with outside vendors and contractors, the ideal candidate for this position will be a professional, tactful, and personable communicator. They will represent the City relative to procurement with vendors, elected officials, management, other staff, and the general public.

Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Bachelor’s degree with major course work in purchasing, business administration, finance, public administration, or closely related field.
  • Three years of increasingly responsible experience as a buyer and/or purchasing agent in a public sector or governmental agency.
  • Maintenance of a valid California Driver’s License and satisfactory driving record.


  • Certificate in Purchasing issued by the National Association of Purchasing management or other equivalent professional purchasing organization is highly desirable.

Salary and Benefits:  Annual salary of $114,167- $147,244 DOE/DOQ and an attractive benefits package

HOW TO APPLY: For first consideration, APPLY by October 10th at:


Round one interviews will take place virtually on November 3rd. Finalists will move forward to in-person interviews on November 13th. Selected candidates must be available for all these dates.

Please contact your recruiter, Terri, with any questions:

  • 866-929-WBCP (9227) toll free
  • 541-664-0376 (direct)

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