Procurement Manager (Administrative Manager I), Orange County, California

Created 11/25/2022
Reference 580685
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State California
City Orange County
Salary $62,628.80 - $124,467.20 Annually


(Administrative Manager I)

Salary may be negotiable, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.


The open eligible list established through this recruitment will be used to fill current Administrative Manager I vacancies within the County of Orange. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower job classifications.


This recruitment will close on Monday, December 5 at 11:59PM PST.

County of Orange

Orange County's 3 million residents enjoy a nearly perfect climate in which parks and beaches provide abundant opportunities for outdoor activities. Orange County is the home of exciting professional sports, a wide range of tourist attractions and quality venues for visual and performing arts. Orange County boasts a thriving business economy and a well educated work force. The County of Orange is a regional service provider and planning agency whose core businesses include public safety, public health, environmental protection, regional planning, public assistance, social services and aviation.

For more information on the County of Orange, click here.


The County of Orange is currently seeking experienced Procurement Managers (Administrative Manager I) across multiple county agencies. Note that the exact job duties and desirable qualifications may differ depending on the specific county agency.

Depending on the assignment, the Procurement Manager will be responsible for managing all aspects of the workload associated with solicitations, contracts and purchases of commodities, various service types and construction. Procurement Managers typically report directly to an Administrative Manager II and is responsible for managing the work of Supervising Procurement Contract Specialists, Procurement Contract Specialists, Storekeepers, Buyers and other employees depending on the specific assignment.

In addition, the incumbent will perform analytical and administrative duties and responsibilities ensuring that their respective Agency is in compliance with procurement/contracts agreements, public contract codes and other relevant statutes.


The ideal candidate will possess at least five (5) years of increasingly responsible public sector purchasing/procurement experience. The most successful candidates must have the ability to quickly gain an understanding and familiarity with the County of Orange Contract Policy Manual and must have the ability to obtain County of Orange Deputy Purchasing Agent (DPA) Certification within the first three months of employment.

A Bachelors Degree in a related field, Professional certification as a Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) by the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) or Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) by the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC), or other equivalent professional certification is highly desirable.

In addition, the successful candidate will also possess extensive experience in the core competencies and attributes described below, which may vary depending on the exact assignment:

Technical Knowledge and Expertise in Public Sector Purchasing and Procurement

  • Extensive knowledge of Contract Policy Manual, CAL-Card Policy & Procedures manuals or related, equivalent skills
  • Extensive knowledge of various types of contracts and relevant government codes and/or state and federal laws as they relate to government purchasing and contracting
  • Experience contracting utilizing various funding sources
  • Working with various types of contracts, techniques for contracting or procurement, and contract negotiation and administration and/or Request for Proposal (RFP) or similar processes
  • Experience supervising, managing or working in a lead capacity overseeing activities of a public sector procurement department
  • Extensive knowledge with automated purchasing systems, business software and programs
  • Experience recommending, interpreting, writing, and developing policy in relation to purchasing policies and contract documents as well as having a background/familiarity with the Agenda Staff Report (ASR) or equivalent Governing Body reports
  • Proven ability to develop internal operating procedures, as they relate to procurement operations within a public sector department
  • Makes sound business decisions based on limited, complex or contradicting information and relevant public service ethical principles
  • Develops, establishes and implements policies and procedures
Leadership | Supervision

  • Aligns organizational vision with strategic goals and department business objectives
  • Experience managing, supervising or working in a lead capacity overseeing activities
  • Leading a high performance, results oriented team to implement organizational goals while balancing competing needs and objectives
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Promotes flexibility and adaptability by planning for the effects of organizational change
  • Ensures that individual performance action plans are aligned to business strategies
  • Actively promotes teamwork by creating a culture and environment that supports individual and team empowerment
  • Keeps technical knowledge, certifications, licenses, etc. current
  • Utilizes tact and diplomacy in dealing with difficult and sensitive situations while displaying departmental and higher-level perspective in handling such issues
  • Continuously seeks innovate ways to improve processes
  • Values learning for staff and seeks out opportunities and skill development as resources permit
  • Administers discipline in a fair and consistent manner as required
Effective Communication

  • Communicate effectively in person and in writing with elected officials, management, staff, consultants, private-sector partners, and public constituents and community stakeholders
  • Promotes open, candid information sharing across appropriate organizational boundaries
  • Builds consensus among diverse groups for the purpose of meeting business objectives, listens effectively, and shares specialized knowledge with others
  • Presents ideas and complex material clearly, concisely, logically, succinctly and persuasively both orally and in writing
  • Ensures timely, appropriate communication with stakeholders
Strategic Planning | Analytical Skills | Decision-Making

  • Planning and leading the execution of purchasing and contracts to ensure these are resourced, budgeted, scheduled, planned, and implemented in a timely manner
  • Working independently and manage time wisely and effectively prioritize multiple competing tasks; meeting Departmental and project goals and deadlines by prioritizing workload and projects
  • Preparing clear and concise project and asset management plans and documents, reports of work performed, and other written materials
  • Conducts analysis of issues and data to support and provide input into programs and policy decision-making
  • Involves appropriate people in plans and decisions

  • For some positions possession of a valid California Driver's license, Class C or higher may be required by date of appointment.
  • Possession of a County of Orange Deputy Purchasing Agent (DPA) Certification or ability to obtain certification within the first year of employment is required.


Click here to view the full class specification for Administrative Manager I.

Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.


Human Resource Services (HRS) screens all applications to identify candidates who meet the minimum and desirable qualifications. After screening, qualified applicants will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the recruitment.

Application Appraisal Panel | (Refer/Non-Refer)

Applications and supplemental responses will be scored by a panel of job knowledge experts. Only those candidates that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step. Applicants are encouraged to submit a thorough application and fully respond to the supplemental questions.

Structured Interview I Oral Exam (Weighted 100%)

Candidates will be interviewed and rated by a panel of job knowledge experts. Each candidate's rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidate's qualifications for the job . Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedure listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

Eligible List
Once the assessments have been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and laws, regulations, and policies regarding COVID-19 are subject to change. The County of Orange is required to comply with all applicable State or County Public Health Orders, some of which require vaccination and boosting as follows:

  • Workers, who provide services in certain Health Care Facilities or in a correctional facility or detention center where health care is provided, will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and boosted in accordance with applicable state orders . (Workers may be exempt from this requirement based on religious beliefs or a qualifying medical reason)
  • In addition, depending on assignment and COVID-19 Community Level, workers in certain high-risk settings may be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
The position for which you are applying may be required to adhere to any applicable State or County Public Health Orders. You will receive notification of any requirement as it applies to a position.


Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.


Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions.

For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Zachary Gutierrez at 714-667-1623 or

Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Closing Date/Time: 12/5/2022 11:59 PM Pacific
Employer Orange County, CA

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