Pace Suburban Bus, Chicago, IL.  GovHR USA is pleased to announce the recruitment and selection process for an innovative procurement specialist with expertise in full cycle purchasing for Pace Suburban Bus, Chicago, IL.  This position is responsible for procurement of a wide variety of complex operating and capital funded services, materials, and equipment in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations and organizational policies and procedures.

The successful candidate should possess experience in procuring suppliers and in-depth supply chain knowledge. A top tier candidate will be one whose industry expertise has translated into cost-effective procurement processes.
The position reports to Department Manager, Procurement or Chief Procurement Officer. 
About Pace
Pace Suburban Bus is the premier suburban transit provider, safely and efficiently moving people to work, school, and other regional destinations. Pace’s family of public transportation services offer affordable and environmentally responsible transit options for residents of 284 municipalities in Cook, Will, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties. 

The backbone of Chicago’s suburbs, Pace services tens of thousands of daily riders. One of the largest bus services in North America, Pace covers 3,677 square miles in an area nearly the size of the state of Connecticut and about 15 times the size of the City of Chicago. Pace’s innovative approach to public transportation gives the Agency a national reputation as an industry leader.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Determine supply needs and research potential suppliers.
  • Collaborate with department staff on contract administration and develop the scope of work.
  • Source suppliers, create purchase orders and change orders, release request for quote (RFQ) and/or request for proposal (RFP) and facilitate presentation to evaluation committee(s). 
  • Analyze bids and proposals; conduct complex cost, price analyses and research; document the features and benefits of products for presentation to executive management and the Board of Directors. 
  • Serve as liaison and point person for:
    • pricing and performance needs to vendors and suppliers and facilitates the process through contract negotiations and recommend contract termination if/when appropriate and
    • other team members in the organization regarding the application of procurement procedures and Federal Transit Administration rules
  • Prepare cost-benefit analysis and generate specific cost and/or other reports.
  • Monitor demand for product(s) to keep pipeline stocked and avoid shortages.
  • Respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
  • Bachelor's degree in finance, business or public administration, finance or accounting or a related field.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of mid-level procurement and contracting experience in a related industry.
  • Intermediate proficiency with business software (Microsoft Suite), ERP (Oracle and Peoplesoft) and proprietary procurement and analytical software.
  • Preferred credentials:
    • NIGP, NCMA, NASPO or ISM certification and
    • experience procuring construction services and architectural and engineering services.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • In-depth business management, supply chain, and strategic sourcing knowledge
  • Aptitude for understanding and effectively communicating and applying policies, rules regulations, and requirements (including the Brooks Act and the Davis-Bacon Act) to each procurement
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task to meet deadlines
  • Work independently and efficiently.
  • Advanced analytical skills
  • Exceptional negotiation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and both written and verbal communication skills
  • Problem solver with detail orientation
  • Demonstrated aptitude for mathematics
  • Maintain confidentiality
More information including application instructions
Pace has a hybrid work environment after completion of the probationary period of 6 months.  The anticipated hiring range for this position is $63,000 -$87,000 +/- DOQ. 
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 at:
Questions regarding the recruitment may be directed to: 
Joan Walko, Senior Vice President
(410) 499-9586
Pace Bus is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Open until Filled


Posted: 2022-09-24

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