Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL. GovHR is pleased to announce the recruitment and selection process for two Senior Contract Buyers. Under the direction of the Chief Procurement Officer or Deputy Chief Procurement Officer (as determined by the Chief Procurement Officer), the Senior Contract Buyer is responsible for the procurement of a wide variety of complex operating and capital-funded services, materials, and equipment.
Position responsibilities include: 
  • Review of requisitions and creation of solicitation packages.
  • Analyzing bids and proposals.
  • Conducting complex cost and price analyses.
  • Conducting research related to procurement activities. 
  • Preparing documents to present to executive management and the Pace Board of Directors.
  • Conducting RFP evaluation committees.
  • Facilitating contract negotiations.
  • Creating purchase orders and change orders.
  • Collaborating with Pace personnel on contract administration and developing scopes of work.
  • Educating and assisting others regarding the application of Pace procurement procedures and FTA rules. 
  • Addressing contract compliance issues.
  • Gathering and submitting documents responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests.
  • Mentoring junior buyers, as needed.
Minimum Qualifications
  • A bachelor's degree in business or related field or equivalent work experience.
  • Three to five years of senior mid-level public procurement/contracting experience including prior transit procurement experience and a good work history.
  • An aptitude for comprehending rules, policies, regulations, and requirements including the Brooks Act and the Davis-Bacon Act, and correctly applying them to each procurement.
  • The demonstrated ability to work independently, efficiently, and successfully on numerous projects simultaneously in order to meet deadlines. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • detail oriented with a demonstrated aptitude for mathematics.
  • Effective problem-solving skills, sound decision making skills, and demonstrate the ability to maintain confidentiality. 
  • Intermediate level proficiency with Microsoft suite applications including Outlook, Word, and Excel and with ERP systems including Oracle and People Soft. 
  • Ability to work in a professional office environment with the majority of the workday consisting of computer work and ability to lift up to 10 pounds.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience procuring construction services and architectural and engineering services.
  • NIGP, NCMA, NASPO or ISM certification. 
Salary and Benefits 
The expected hiring range for this position is $63,000-$80,000 dependent on qualifications. In addition to generous health, dental, and vision benefit programs, Pace also offers the following comprehensive benefits package:  
  • Retirement, Savings, and Education Benefits:
    • Retirement Benefits –Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Pension Plan or opting out and receiving a 7% employer contribution to RTA 401(k) Plan.
    •  Retirement Savings Plans – Voluntary deferrals are allowed on a pre-tax basis and/or Roth basis to the 401(k) or 457(b) plans.
    • Tuition reimbursement.
  • If work / life balance is important to you, Pace offers the following time off:
    • Hybrid work environment after completion of the 6-month probationary period.
    • Vacation – 2 weeks (Accrual during the first year).
    • Paid Time Off (Leave) – 15 days annually with ability to convert unused hours to sick or 401(k) contribution.
    • Paid Holidays – 6.
    • Floating Holidays – 5.
  • Pace is setting the employer standard for offering a full-service health and wellness programs that include:
    • Health Insurance. 
    • Flexible Spending Health and Dependent Care (Pace contributes 30% up to a maximum amount of $1,500 for dependent care).
    • Employee Life and Supplemental Life Insurance for the entire family.
    • Health Club Reimbursement (up to $40 per month).
    • On-site Wellness Program.
    • MetLife.
  • Protection Plus Identity Theft Program and Pet Insurance
How to Apply Please submit résumé, cover letter, and contact information for five professional or supervisory references. Resumes will be reviewed as they are received, and the position open until filled. 
The position posting and application instructions can be found on the GovHR USA career center. Questions regarding the recruitment may be directed to:  John Prejzner, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, LLC at 224-326-1360.
Pace Bus is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This position is subject to the provisions set forth in 5 ILCS 430/5-45 (c) of the State Officials and Employee Ethics Act.

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Posted: 2024-03-27

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