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Procurement and Consultant Contracts Manager

Valley Water

Annual Salary: $169,250 – $216,195 DOE/DOQ
PLUS an Excellent Benefits Package!

“Providing Silicon Valley with safe, clean water
 for a healthy life, environment, and economy.”

The Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water) is seeking an organization-wide Procurement and Consultant Contracts Unit Manager. The Procurement and Consultant Contracts Unit is in the General Services Division, a centralized service division that also provides warehouse services, vehicle and equipment management, facilities management, and business and customer support services across the organization. Being centralized, this position will interface with multiple departments and oversee, guide, and develop, a team of 14. The ideal candidate is a hands-on working manager with prior experience managing a complex purchasing division/department, and an expert in the field with a strong understanding of principles and practices of effective public sector procurement and consultant contracts management, preferably in California. They will balance a customer-service approach with adherence to procurement best practices. They are solutions oriented, strategic, and will effectively navigate the complexities of a union-represented workforce. The ideal candidate is also a relationship builder who drives process improvement and operates with a strong ethical framework that upholds public trust. If you are a seasoned professional in purchasing and consultant contracts management looking to leverage your expertise in a dynamic and complex environment, apply today!

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The Procurement and Consultant Contracts Manager is entrusted with leading Valley Water’s centralized procurement work, including setting policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with procurement best practices, and serving as the highest knowledge technical expert within the unit. This Manager is doing the work, as well as overseeing staff work, and will manage the approximate $5 million budget. They will also balance adherence to procurement best practices with a customer-service focus and collaborate across the entire organization with executives and other staff to meet their procurement needs. They will oversee the day-to-day procurement and contracts activities, including contract negotiations and vendor management, and ensure that they provide vendors a fair and equitable opportunity to pursue procurement  contracting opportunities with Valley Water. They will also be responsible for maintaining a purchasing tracking system and administering a vendor performance evaluation system. This Manager will have a proven track record of navigating the rules and regulations of public sector  procurement and hold relevant certifications such as a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) or Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.). They also actively network with industry professionals and participate in relevant professional associations, ensuring that they stay current in best practices and industry developments.


The ideal candidate will leverage their expert knowledge and experience in public sector procurement and consultant contracts management, effectively managing competing customer needs and complex projects while demonstrating effective communication and political acumen. The ideal candidate should also be personable, approachable, self-directed, motivated, and resilient. This Manager will be flexible, encourage collaboration, and be an adept relationship builder. They will have proven leadership experience and be enthusiastic about developing their team and fostering a collaborative, inclusive and positive work environment. They have a “can do” attitude and will operate with a strong ethical framework and strive to uphold public trust.


The following combination represents the minimum training and experience requirements for this classification:

  • Education: Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Experience: Five (5) years of procurement, purchasing, and/or contracting program management experience, including two (2) years of direct supervisory experience.
  • License/Certificate Requirements: A valid California Driver’s license and an acceptable driving record upon hire.

Highly desired are some or all of the following:

  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM), Institute of Supply Management.
  • Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC).
  • Certified Purchasing Supply Manager (CPSM), Institute of Supply Management.
  • Extensive experience in public sector procurement and contracts management in the State of California.

Salary and Benefits: Annual salary of $169,250 – $216,195 DOE/DOQ, PLUS an attractive benefits package.

Additional Information:

Employment with Valley Water requires employees to work within 150 miles of their primary physical work location located in San Jose, California by their start date.  


For first consideration, apply by July 18th at:

Save the Dates:

Round one interviews will take place virtually on August 20th. Finalists will move forward to in-person interviews on August 30th.  Selected candidates must be available for both dates.


Please contact your recruiter, Wendi Brown, with any inquiries:

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

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