City of San Bernardino

Salary: $107,982.84 – $131,250.60 Annually

Job Summary

Are you a skilled professional in procurement and supply chain management with exceptional leadership qualities? Are you motivated to drive change and contribute to the financial department of an evolving organization? If so, the City of San Bernardino invites you to apply for the position of Purchasing Division Manager in the Finance Department!

This recruitment may close without notice upon the receipt of a satisfactory number of qualified applicants. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply asap for immediate consideration. Apply by May 29, 2024 for priority consideration.

As the City undergoes a city-wide classification and compensation study, this is an exciting time to join us and contribute to our growth and development. Apply now and be a part of shaping the future of our City!

The Position

The Purchasing Division Manager for the City of San Bernardino is responsible for overseeing procurement operations, from policy development to contract negotiation. With a focus on compliance and efficiency, they lead a team in executing purchasing procedures, ensuring adherence to regulations and maximizing cost-effectiveness. Strong leadership, communication, and analytical skills are essential for managing vendor relationships, resolving issues, and optimizing procurement strategies to support the City’s mission effectively.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for the Purchasing Division Manager position at the City of San Bernardino possesses a comprehensive understanding of procurement principles and public sector regulations. They should have a proven track record of leadership in managing procurement teams and implementing purchasing policies. Strong negotiation skills and the ability to build and maintain positive relationships with vendors and stakeholders are crucial. Additionally, the ideal candidate should demonstrate exceptional analytical abilities to make informed purchasing decisions and optimize procurement processes for cost-effectiveness. Effective communication and interpersonal skills, coupled with integrity and a commitment to transparency, are essential for fostering a collaborative and compliant purchasing environment within the organization.

About the City

The City of San Bernardino is a community rich in history and cultural diversity. Influences of Native Americans, Mexican settlers, and Spanish missionaries can still be seen throughout the City today. From 1810 to the present, San Bernardino has been recognized for its scenic beauty and strategic location. Today, the City of San Bernardino serves as the county seat and is the largest city in the County of San Bernardino with a population of 220,328.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, finance, operations management, or related field; and at least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in purchasing and contracting for a variety of supplies, materials, services and equipment, at least two (2) years of which were in a supervisory or management capacity; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Experience in a public agency is preferred.

Licenses, Certifications, and Equipment:

A valid California driver’s license is required.

Professional certification from the National Institute of Governmental Accounting (CPPO) or the National Association of Purchasing Management (CPM) is highly desirable.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

The employee works under typical office conditions, and the noise level is usually quiet. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone; use hands to manipulate, handle, and feel computers and standard business equipment; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Supplemental Information

City Benefits:

The City offers an attractive compensation and benefit package, that includes:

  • Retirement – Participation in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). Tier I Employees hired before 10/3/11: CalPERS 2.7% at 55; Classic members with less than 6 months separation: CalPERS 2% at 55, single highest year plan. New members, CalPERS 2% at 62, three highest year average plan.
  • Health Insurance
  • The City contributes $1,125.00 (Employee Only), $1,377.00(Employee+1), or $1,841.00(Employee+Family) for medical, dental and vision premiums.
  • Eligible employees who waive all medical, dental, vision, supplemental life, and supplemental AD&D benefits will receive an annual “Health Insurance Waiver Stipend” of $4,000.00 every first paycheck of December.
  • Leave
    • Administrative Leave – 80 hours annually, upon hire; accrued annually July 1st of every fiscal year.
    • Vacation – 80 hours annually , accrued bi-weekly; available for use after one (1) year.
    • Sick Leave – 96 hours annually, accrued bi-weekly; available for use after ninety (90) days.
    • 13 holidays, plus 18 hours of floating holiday time.
  • Life & Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance – The City provides Term Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance.
  • Other – Optional Deferred Compensation Plan, flexible benefits plan, pre-tax childcare plan, employee assistance program, and all other benefits which are received by Management/Confidential unit employees of the City per Memorandum of Understanding.

Application Submission:

Please allow ample time to complete and submit your application before the posted filing deadline. Applicants will be automatically logged-out if they have not submitted the application and all required materials prior to the posted deadline. Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive onscreen confirmation and an email. We recommend that you save and/or print these for your records.

If you require technical assistance, please contact the Toll-Free Applicant Support line at (855) 524-5627. Please note that Human Resources is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by your computer or browser used to submit the application.

Selection Process:

All applicants must submit clear, concise, and complete information regarding their qualifications for the position, including detailed responses to all supplemental questions. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application or supplemental application materials.

The selection process will consist of:

  • Application Review
  • Oral Examination

Successful candidates will be placed on an eligible list, and highly qualified candidates will be referred to the appointing authority for further consideration. Candidates advancing in the selection process will receive information/instructions via email only.


The City of San Bernardino will provide reasonable accommodation for the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant with a disability. It is the responsibility of candidates with a disability requiring accommodation in the assessment process to contact the Human Resources Department to request such accommodation prior to the closing date of this recruitment. Please call 909-384-5104 or email for additional information regarding requests for accommodation.

Pre-Employment Process:

All positions are subject to the following pre-employment screenings:

  • Pre-employment Medical Exam, including drug test.
  • Background Investigation with the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
  • Employment/Professional Reference Check.

For more information about this position, please contact the City of San Bernardino Human Resources Department at 909-384-5104. THE CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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