Orange County Fire Authority
Irvine, California

Purchasing Manager
Annual salary range: $104,436.80 - $165,921.60
The Orange County Fire Authority provides a wide range of benefits.
Application deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020

Orange County is nestled along the Southern California coast between Los Angeles and San Diego counties. As the third largest populated county in California, the vibrancy of this nearly 800 square mile jewel places it as the thirtieth largest economy in the world. Orange County has 34 cities and five supervisory districts serving a population of more than three million people. A desirable place to live and work, Orange County is known for its ideal weather, recreation, and a wide range of cultural arts. Many of its public and private schools are ranked among the best in the nation. The county also has top rated attractions such as Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, pristine ocean beaches, and is the home of major league sports teams, including baseball’s Angels and hockey’s Ducks.

Headquartered in Irvine, California, the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) that serves approximately 2 million residents in a 598-square mile area, with 172,000 acres of wildland. The OCFA was formed on March 1, 1995, transitioning from the Orange County Fire Department to a JPA. The service area includes 24-member cities and the unincorporated areas of Orange County. A 25-member Board of Directors governs the OCFA and includes an elected official appointed to represent each of the member cities and two representatives from the County Board of Supervisors. The OCFA is managed by an appointed Fire Chief who reports directly to the Board of Directors. By pooling resources, the OCFA can purchase additional fire engines and specialized equipment that some cities could not afford on their own. The OCFA does not allocate equipment based on city boundaries. Instead, all members have access to resources, including sophisticated rescue equipment, specialized apparatus, and helicopters.

Under the general direction of the Assistant Chief of Business Services, the Purchasing Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, and managing the operations and staff of the Purchasing Division. This includes prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; provide employee training, mentoring and support while developing a high performing team-oriented working environment. Additional duties may involve establishing, implementing, evaluating, and modifying purchasing policies and procedures; interpreting applicable laws and regulations pertaining to government procurement practices. This position administers the bid process in compliance with applicable policies, laws, and regulations; advertises, opens, and receives bids; awards bids; reviews bids, contracts, and purchase orders; negotiates with vendors regarding purchases and payment issues; evaluates vendor performance; corresponds with vendors and internal departments; analyzes performance and workload issues; develops and implements procedure changes; establishes new methods and automated systems in an effort to improve efficiency and cost effectiveness of programs.

The ideal candidate will be confident, dynamic, energetic and an ethically sound manager who can provide effective leadership for the division. The successful candidate will be an engaging team builder and communicator who engenders loyalty among staff. In addition, the ideal candidate must have a proven track record of proactive, hands-on, participative purchasing management experience, and possess excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills necessary to build successful internal and external business relationships. The ability to think ‘out of the box’ and provide solutions to complex issues is highly desirable. A Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, or a related field AND seven (7) years of progressively responsible purchasing experience in a public sector environment (or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above) is required. Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) designation is desirable.

To be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, please submit your cover letter with current salary, resume (reflecting years and months of positions held, as well as size of staff and budgets you have managed), and a list of five professional references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) by applying on our website:

For additional information, contact:

Frank Rojas
CPS HR Consulting
Ph: 916-471-3111

To view an online brochure for this position visit:
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The Orange County Fire Authority is an equal opportunity employer.