MPA and MPP Job listSL County Director of Contracts and Procurement Posting

Melissa Hall melissa.hall at
Thu Nov 3 09:37:37 MDT 2011

Salt Lake County Director of Contracts and Procurement


With a combination of sound financial management and a willingness to make tough decisions, Salt Lake County has weathered the recent financial challenges and emerged in relatively good health. Salt Lake County continues to build the community it serves by increasing health services, expanding centers for our aging populations, building recreation centers and increasing the number of library/community centers in the community.

Salt Lake County is governed by a Mayor and a nine (9) member legislative body in the County Council. Eight (8) independently elected offices operate within Salt Lake County's structure as well.


We exist to enhance procurement activities and increase value to our internal customers, saving taxpayer dollars.  We play an important role in supporting County organizations during times of emergency and assisting with rapid recovery.  We work to build longer-term vendor relationships with more interaction and better communication.  We enhance trust in the procurement process by providing the best overall procurement value for goods and services.

Service Facts through Third Quarter of 2011:

*         County agencies conducted nearly 13,000 transactions on the Purchasing Card (P-Card) with an estimated soft cost savings of over $1.1 million (based upon a $92 cost per check estimate from the US General Services Administration).

*         Contracts & Procurement worked on 1,277 contracts in the amount of $183,256,714.

*         County surplus sales generated $575,000 in revenue.

*         Purchase orders amounted to over $6,700,000.

*         Over 119,000 suppliers were notified of County procurement needs through BidSync and had an opportunity to respond to our requests for goods and services.

*         In 2011, Contracts & Procurement received for the 13th year in a row, the Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Purchasing Institute.

2012 Budget Request
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Total Budget                                        FTE's
$1,130,176                                          11.0


Reporting to the Department Director of Administrative Services, the Division Director will provide leadership and management direction for contracts and procurement services.

The position will be expected to deliver service excellence, while developing new and innovative ways to meet our customers' needs. Typical duties include:

o   Planning, directing, coordinating, and supervising the County's purchasing and contract functions.
o   Directing the education and training of staff members.
o   Directing the preparation and presentation of the Division's annual budget.
o   Promoting uniformity and standardization in the areas of specification development, negotiations, and other phases of the procurement process.
o   Directing the establishment of a centralized County procurement system to facilitate the purchase of goods at the least cost.
o   Developing and publishing guidelines and conducting training sessions to educate user departments and vendors relative to applicable ordinances and policies.
o   Developing performance expectations to be used as criteria for evaluating employee performance; preparing performance evaluations to determine achievement levels.
o   Providing technical and administrative guidance to supervisors and employees.
o   Directing the transfer between agencies or the sale of County personal property.
o   Keeping an accurate and complete record of all purchases.
o   Preparing the staff to respond to emergency situations in the County.


Education & Experience
The minimum requirements for this position include; graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Business, or other related field; eight (8) years of progressively more responsible related experience that includes supervisory, management, leadership, budgetary, or project management, or an equivalent combination of related education and experience.

Preference will be given to applicants that are certified by either the Institute of Supply Management (Certified Professional in Supply Management) or the National Institute of Government Purchasing, Inc (Certified Public Professional Officer).

Ideally, the successful candidate will have extensive experience in leading, formulating policy, organizing, planning, managing, and directing an organization's resources to achieve the goals and objectives of the organization.

Management Style and Personal Traits
The successful candidate will be an innovative and take-charge leader, while also being able to build a cohesive team and create a culture of trust and collaboration. He/she will embody the County's Values of Care, Respect, Integrity and Excellence, and will therefore place a high value on customer service, accountability, knowledge sharing, transparency, diversity, respect and compassion. He/she will be approachable, establish cooperative relationships, be politically aware, technologically savvy, and have a good sense of humor.


The salary offered for this position is $86,016 to $130,872.  Additional benefits include:

o   Vacation - Accrual of twelve (12) days annually that increases based on years of service.

o   Holidays - Twelve (12) paid holidays per year.

o   Sick Leave - Accrual of twelve (12) days annually with no limit on accumulation.

o   Health Plan - Choice of four (4) health plans (2 PPOs and 2 HDHPs) with County contribution of 80%.

o   Dental Plan - Great family coverage with County contribution of 80%.

o   Family Friendly - Onsite infant and pre-school child care is available at competitive rates.

o   Tuition Reimbursement - 75% tuition costs for pursuit of an approved degree, up to $3,000 per calendar year.

o   Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - Free mental health counseling & referral for employees and dependents.

o   Fitness Center - Onsite fitness center and access to most County recreation centers at a very low cost.

o   Professional Development - Free classes offered through the Employees' University.

o   Retirement - Multiple generous options.

The Tier 1 pension plan, effective for new hires through June 30, 2011, is based on a pension formula of 2 X # years of service (with a 30 year full pension), based on age, years of service credit, highest 3 year final average salary, and benefit formula.  Employee contributions may also be deposited into your 401(k) account, depending on the current contribution rate.  This plan requires a four year vesting period.

The Tier 2 pension plan, effective for new hires beginning July 1, 2011, is based on a pension formula of 1.5 X # years of service (with a 35 year full pension), based on age, years of service credit, highest 5 year final average salary, and benefit formula.  Money may also be deposited into your 401(k) account, depending on the current contribution rate.  This plan requires a four year vesting period.


Apply online at
and click on "Current Job Openings." Additional information about Salt Lake County can be found at<>.

Information specific to Salt Lake City and Utah can be found at and

Salt Lake County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Melissa Yack Hall, MPA, ABD
MPA Program Manager
University of Utah
P:  801.585.7985
F:  801.587.7861
Orson Spencer Hall 214

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