California Water Service

Senior Procurement Specialist

Onsite - San Jose, CA
Application Deadline: 5/14/24

Senior Procurement Specialist


California Water Service


California Water Service


Job Description:


The Senior Procurement Specialist coordinates and negotiates on behalf of the Company the purchases of materials, supplies, services, and equipment based on defined business requirements. This position is located in San Jose, CA.




• Responsible for or plays key role in major sourcing activities including commercial analysis, RFx (Request for Information, Request for Quote, Request for Proposal), proposal evaluation, award decision, negotiation, and contracting


• Ensures achievement of the best value to the Company


• Coordinates with departments and districts to create Scope of Work, define business requirements, qualify suppliers, and issue solicitations


• Interfaces with suppliers to understand service capabilities, negotiates price and commercial terms, and resolve issues; manages supplier performance collaboratively with key internal stakeholders


• Works with key business functions to perform spend analysis and strategic sourcing studies to identify opportunities of optimizing procurement value


• Leads or coordinates strategic sourcing effort for critical materials and services that have a major impact on business strategy and operations such as construction or professional service master contracts


• Works with functions such as Legal, Engineering, and Operations on contracts, and ensures terms and conditions are supported and formally agreed to and authorized


• Interprets contract provisions and resolves disputes; provides advice to management on contractual implications of the Company’s or suppliers’ actions


• Provides functional advice and training in procurement activities to other employees


• Works with Supplier Diversity Program Manager to support sourcing strategies designed to increase utilization of diverse suppliers


• Assists in the identification, evaluation, and implementation of technology to support and improve procurement practices


• Complies with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) regulations and Procurement Policy as required; assists the Procurement Manager enforcing the policy. Provides as needed support to audits


• Attends meetings and training as directed by the Company


• Performs other procurement duties as assigned




• Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Marketing, or related field and/or equivalent relevant experience


• Five years of experience as a procurement professional or contract administrator


• Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) / Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or other certifications in procurement or supply chain is a plus


• Experience in utility or construction industry is a plus


• Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications


• Proficient in the use of an enterprise-wide procurement system


• Valid California Driver License


Salary Range: $96,500 – $179,200


Deadline to submit resume is Tuesday, May 14, 2024


The Equal Opportunity Policy of the Company is based upon the philosophy that all people should be treated fairly and with dignity. California Water Service, Hawaii Water Service, New Mexico Water Service and Washington Water Service do not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other protected class. The Company makes all employment decisions in a non-discriminatory manner. EOE, VET, DISABILITIES.


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