Director of Purchasing, New Bedford, MA

Posted on: July 13, 2017 – 8:22am



$75,493 – $94,373

Plans, organizes, and supervises purchasing functions of City Departments; oversees major purchases and negotiates contracts with vendors; responds to inquiries regarding processes or bid status, negotiate terms and conditions with vendors and service providers; achieves Department objectives and goals within the budget. Provides support to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in the development and implementation of citywide policies and procedures.

Evaluates departmental needs and formulates short-and long-range plans to meet needs in all areas of responsibility, including repairs and maintenance. Furnishes advice and guidance to department heads and/or city officials relative to assurance and structure of subcontracts to ensure that City’s interests are properly protected; ensures incorporation of subcontract clauses in orders and documentation of files. Performs related work as required and assigned.

Maintains purchasing information, files and records for the purpose of ensuring the availability of documentation and compliance with established policies and regulations. Provides guidance to staff in the processing of the daily mail ensuring that all letters and packages are being processed in a manner that will ensure compliance with USPS guidelines and within budget and maintains working knowledge of any and all changes in USPS rules and regulations.

Reviews expenses and performs cost-cutting measures whenever possible; ensures all rules and regulations are complied with as well as all licensing is accurate and renewed. Reviews requisitions; confers with vendors to obtain product or service information such as price, availability, and delivery schedule. Selects products for purchase by testing, observing, or examining items; estimate values according to knowledge of market price.

Associate’s Degree in a related discipline to municipal purchasing. At least five years of experience in relation to municipal or government purchasing, or a related field. Any equivalent combination of education and experience. Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official Program certificate required. Possession of a valid Massachusetts driver’s license and good driving record. Mandatory CORI (Criminal Offender Record Investigation) background check per City Council Ordinance effective May 14, 2013.

For application/complete job description, please visit or contact the Personnel Dept., 133 William St., Room 212, 508-979-1444.  Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.  New Bedford has a residency requirement.   EEO