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Lake County, Purchasing Manager

General Description

Are you looking for a challenging role within an organization that provides flexible hours, rewarding compensation and an excellent benefit package? If so, Lake County Government is the place for you. Comprised of nearly 3,000 employees, it is our goal to positively serve the residents of Lake County while working with a purpose. We believe our employees should take pride in the work they accomplish while truly respecting a collaborative work environment. Do you have a background in purchasing or finance? If so, this position could very well be for you!

The Purchasing Manager serves as the principal purchasing official for the County, overseeing the daily operations and activities of the Purchasing Division of the Finance Department.

Essential Functions

  • Administers the Lake County Purchasing Ordinance and purchasing policies and practices to ensure compliance with public procurement laws and applicable federal regulations.
  • Supervises a professional staff of three purchasing officers and a contract administrator to ensure that procurement documents are appropriately drafted and executed on behalf of the County.
  • Prepares, organizes, and maintains requests for Invitations to Bid, Requests for Proposals, Requests for Quotes and Statement of Interests, and contract records.
  • Responsible for conducting market research, assisting with specification development, maintaining, and optimizing procurement software modules, awarding bids, and management and disposal of surplus property.
  • Presents to the County Board, elected officials, and departments, supporting and developing programs to further vendor certification for women, minority and veteran owned businesses, and sustainable procurement in accordance with the County strategic plan.

Knowledge Skills Abilities and Education Required

  • Ability to recommend policy and procedure improvements and provide analysis for decision making purposes.
  • Ability to build working relationships with employees, 30+countywide departments and the public.
  • Possesses strong verbal and writing skills, knowledge of Microsoft products, ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, ability to work both individually and in a team atmosphere, and excellent customer service skills.
  • Familiarity with public sector purchasing and contracting is a plus.

Education Required:

Bachelor’s degree, in addition to five years of related experience.  An equivalent combination of relevant experience and training will be considered.


Salary and Benefits:

The salary range is $104,956.80- $119.828.80 annually. Lake County offers a competitive salary and benefit package. We also offer flexible working hours and encourage professional development. Visit our Prospective Employee page to get additional information on why you should work for Lake County! To learn more about the department you will be working for, visit the Finance Department ‘s Purchasing web page Doing Business With Lake County | Lake County, IL ( to learn more about other services Lake County provides and to see some of our employees in action visit our website to view videos.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background screening, drug testing and may include a pre-employment medical exam.

Lake County is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). 

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