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Company: Cameron County
Location: Brownsville
Posted on: January 25, 2023

Job Description:


Salary: 127 - $67,666.00 minimum salary, or as per Compensation & Classification Policy Promotional Method.

Purpose of Classification

Performs managerial work in administration of assigned purchasing programs or financial function. Duties include staff supervision, overseeing purchasing department, receiving locating sources of supply, interviewing prospective suppliers or bidders. Positions in this class perform routine complex purchasing work and identify needed corrective actions to resolve discrepancies; answer purchasing questions; and maintain purchasing documents and records.

Essential Functions

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Assists County Commissioners Court and departments in the development of request and proposals and qualifications for new and renewal of services and contracts as requires Federal and State purchasing requirements.

Manages and coordinates all Procurement overall functions as they relate to Cameron County Purchasing needs and objectives as per State Statutes, County Policies, and approved by Commissioners Court; establishes policies and procedures to be followed by employees within the Purchasing Department.

Approves selection of major vendors; trains buyers to assess vendor capabilities; develops sources and evaluates vendor performance; negotiates terms of major contracts and blanket orders.; recommends major purchases of materials on the basis of anticipated changes in prices or on unusual availability situations; balances cash flow considerations against possible price savings.

Supervises accurate recordkeeping, including price histories and difficulties in doing business with particular vendors; establishes policies that maintain inventories in as low a manner as possible while avoiding shortage of necessary raw materials and supplies.

Performs purchasing of work, goods and service for Cameron County; develops, reviews, and analyzes technical specifications and standards for products; performs complex of purchases materials, supplies, and equipment. with larger dollar amount; prepares, reviews, evaluates and approves specifications for issuing and awarding written quotes and annual written quotes.

Supervises daily activities and functions of purchasing; oversees the departmental team in the coordination and management of all areas required for purchasing; provides technical advice related to training of county department personnel dealing with purchasing matters.

Assists the Emergency Management EOC Center in Coordination the procurement of Disaster Event related requests; advertises for legal notices, maintains an adequate number of specifications/bid packages on hand for disbursement and maintains bidders' list.

Investigates complaints and secures adjustments; researches catalogs, brochures, and other sources as a basis for developing accurate specifications; assists in writing detained specifications for invitations to bid, mail out bids, receiving bids for bid openings, copying and distributing letter of award, award notifications to using department, bid packages, addenda, letters of transmittals, and similar duties.

Provides assistance and information to employees, managers, vendors, citizens, local businesses, and/or and other interested parties regarding assigned purchasing functions; serves as liaison between supervisors, vendors, and other departments in regards to purchasing policies and activities. Explains policies and procedures.

Additional Functions

Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration or related field; supplemented by seven (7) years of experience performing technical and/or fiscal control work as a Buyer for a large public or private agency; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. C.P.M., or CPPO certification required.

ADA Compliance

Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert medium physical effort in medium work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of medium weight (20-50 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motion at a keyboard or work station.

Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds and visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors: Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.

Benefits: Cameron County Offers Excellent Fringe , Including: Health and Life Insurance Protection, Sick and Annual Leave, Retirement System, and Paid Holidays. Cameron County has a mandatory direct deposit payroll program.


Keywords: Cameron County, Brownsville , PURCHASING AGENT, Sales , Brownsville, Texas

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