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Principal Buyer - The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA - EXPIRED

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Company: The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

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As a Principal Buyer you will: coordinate, develop and issue complex specifications, solicitations (i.e. Requests for Bids, Requests for Proposals) and - purchases; act as the lead in negotiating supplier contracts, which may include coordinating member agency activities; analyze vendor performance and maintain liaison relationships; oversee monitor and review large and complex solicitations performed by other procurement staff; conduct special studies relating to market conditions trends and purchasing methods.

You will also provide training to other procurement staff under the direction of higher-level management on various purchasing techniques and processes; develop and coordinate multi-jurisdictional cooperative procurements; evaluate sole source procurements and locate suppliers; travel to Metropolitan facilities and various other sites to support and promote procurement objectives; and will prepare and review various management reports for Legal, Audit, and other departments.

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Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and six years of increasingly responsible experience, of which two years must have been at the Senior Buyer level.

Relevant Experience is defined as: work experience as a full-time buyer/purchaser of which at least two years were at a senior level; or project or program manager with extensive experience in public procurement practices, policies and procedures.


License(s): Valid California Class C Driver’s License or equivalent (required at time of application) that allows you to drive during your employment.


  • Experience with automated procurement system (Oracle most desirable)
  • Experience with Government Procurement Regulations
  • Knowledge of Inventory Replenishment Contracts and bidding methodology
  • Knowledge of policies, procedures, and practices related to purchasing and procurement in a large-scale operation.
  • Knowledge of California Public Procurement Regulations



  • Competitive compensation
  • Excellent medical, dental, life, vision plans.
  • Deferred compensation in the form of a 401(k) plan (with matching contribution) and a 457 plan.
  • Retirement benefits under the California Public Employees' Retirement System
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Training and advancement opportunities
  • Excellent working environment
  • On-site fitness center
  • Hub of public transportation: rail, subway, buses, and taxis
  • Public transportation reimbursements and van pools

For more information on MWD benefits, please use the following link: Benefits Regular Full Time Employee


The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan’s mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan’s facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 800 miles of pipeline, and 16 hydroelectric power plants.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email [email protected].

MWD is a Federal and State EO employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.

Application Filing Period: Closes at 4:30 pm PST on the date stated in the job. However it may close prior to the filing end date if sufficient applications have been received. If sufficient applications have not been received, then the filing period end date may be extended.

Sponsorship: Applicants for employment with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States (i.e., H1-B or other employment-based immigration case).