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Job Title: Senior Purchasing Agent
Location: Admin Building - Detroit
State: Michigan
Position Description:

Job ID:            ADM20191001

Category:        Administrative

Department:   Finance

Starting Rate:   $52,582

Location:          Central Office Buhl Building

General Summary

Under the general supervision, the Senior Purchasing Agent performs the more difficult or complex tasks involved in preparation of bids, proposals, and award documents.  Administers contracts and conducts negotiations and is responsible for maintaining compliance with applicable Federal, State and Authority procurement and contracting policies/regulations.  In addition, the Senior Purchasing Agent provides direction and assistance to other departmental staff throughout the Authority relative to procurement processes as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Procures Authority vehicles, services, supplies and equipment.
  • Provides conformance and associated documentation to MDOT for state funded procurements.
  • Interfaces with vendor personnel and internal staff to facilitate solicitation, award and contract administration.
  • Prepares solicitation and contract documents.
  • Executes solicitation process using online bidding process.
  • Reviews statements of work, specifications and contract terms and conditions.
  • Performs or obtains cost/price analysis, as appropriate.
  • Negotiates with sellers and prepares awards.
  • Ensures compliance with state, Federal and Authority policies and procedures.
  • Monitors sellers' compliance/performance to ensure that specifications/statement of work are met.
  • Creates and maintains status and project file of procurements including changes and modifications both electronically and manually.
  • Prepares award documentation consisting of recommendations, bid tabulations, record of negotiation, certifications, board agenda items and resolutions.
  • Handles the more difficult or complex procurement assignments.
  • Assists in training other Procurement department staff members in the performance of their duties.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor's degree in Public or Business Administration, or related field.
  • Four years experience as a buyer or purchasing agent.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in the selection and procurement of Authority Goods and services.
  • Basic knowledge of blueprint reading.
  • Multi-task oriented.
  • Strong organization and follow-up skills.
  • Demonstrated negotiations skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communications skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel).
Required Qualifications:
Desired Qualifications: ADM20191001 (Senior Purchasing Agent)
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Application Process

Step One

Candidate completes application. Please refer to FAQ’s.

Step Two

Human Resources conducts a criminal background check on all applicants, as well as a driver’s license check if position requires.

Step Three

Bus Operators

In order to be considered for a Bus Operator position you must meet the initial criteria.

  • No suspended, revoked, or restricted driver’s license within the past 60 months, or currently suspended and/or expired driver’s license.
  • Less than four (4) points on driving record.
  • Five years of experience in driving a motor vehicle.

If all criteria are met, the application process is as follows. Please note that all correspondence is done by mail.

Test – The pre-employment test referred to as the Public Relations Skills Test.

Applicants will be notified by mail one to two weeks prior to the test date. Please note that there is no study material. This test cannot be rescheduled. Failure to appear will disqualify an applicant from going further with the pre-employment process. A score of 70% or better is required to be considered for an interview. Please do not contact us regarding your test score as we are unable to provide that information. Telephone calls concerning test scores will not be accepted.

Interview – The interviews will be scheduled any time between one month and six months from the date of the administration of the Public Relations Skills Test. The applicant will have a one to two week notice prior to the interview. Please do not call to change the date or time of your interview. Please keep in mind that if you are scheduled for an interview, this in no way guarantees you a position with SMART.

Applicants who are interviewed will be notified by mail whether or not they have been accepted into the training program.

Training – The training program lasts eight weeks. It consists of two weeks of classroom training and six weeks of on-the-road training at your assigned terminal location.

Pay Rate – You will be paid during the eight week training period. After successful completion of training, the pay rate will increase in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.

Coach Service Attendants

A Coach Service Attendant is an entry-level position in the Maintenance Department.

Coach Service Attendants perform service operations; clean all coach interiors, seats, floors, windows and exteriors as required; keep shop and yard areas clean and neat; assist in automotive maintenance; perform minor repairs not classified or skilled such as bulb changing; handle coach change-offs in road calls; clean parts. Minimum requirements are as follows:

  • Valid Michigan Driver’s license
  • No suspended, revoked, or restricted driver’s license within the past 60 months, or currently suspended and/or expired driver’s license.
  • No more than three (3) points on driving record.
  • Some experience in minor vehicle repair and maintenance.
  • Physical strength and agility; physically and mentally capable of performing all of the duties of the classification.

Mechanical knowledge, aptitude, initiative and resourcefulness; will be required to operate bus and maintain a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) with the required endorsement and group designation based on the gross vehicle weight.

Other Positions

Persons meeting the criteria for the position will be considered for an interview.