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Title: Section Manager II/III - Maintenance and Procurement
Company: Orange County Transportation Authority
Location: Orange, California
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 146361
Discover work that moves you in a dynamic and innovative setting. Be part of a team delivering Orange County’s transportation network of today and creating a vision for the future.

OCTA is the county’s transportation planning commission and public transit operator. With a focus on safety and accountability, we plan, fund, and implement countywide projects that include bus and rail transit, freeways and express lanes, rideshare, microtransit, paratransit, active transportation, and environmental programs.

We’re passionate about creating a balanced, equitable and sustainable transportation system that reflects the diverse travel needs of the county’s 34 cities and 3.2 million residents.

Our employees rated OCTA as a top workplace in Orange County. Come join us on our mission of keeping Orange County moving.

Under general guidance, supervises the procurement of goods and services through the use of procurement personnel assigned to support specific agency business units. Manages the procurement process which may include acquisition of commodities, consultant services, contract transportation, and other external goods and services.

Section Manager III - This is an exempt position in Salary Grade ­­T: Min $107,681.60 – Mid $129,251.20 – Max $150,800.00 annually. The starting salary will be within this range based on qualifications.

Section Manager II - This is an exempt position in Salary Grade S: Min $95,867.20 - Mid $115,273.60 - Max $134,659.20 annually. The starting salary will be within this range based on qualifications.

The position will remain open until a candidate has been selected.

This list is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and is not designed to be interpreted as an exhaustive listing of all tasks required of employees assigned to this job.
  • Manages and ensures agency compliance with the rulings and decisions of appropriate administrative and judicial authorities pertaining to procurement practices (such as Federal Acquisition Regulations).

  • Manages and ensures agency compliance with procurement requirements and regulations of funding agencies for grant fund usage. Acts as key agency resource for procurement information.

  • Oversees and ensures appropriate procurement practices and policies are defined, updated as necessary, and adhered to by the procurement staff.

  • Assigns staff to various procurement efforts and evaluates and modifies assignments to balance workloads. Manages the procurement process and ensures procurement schedules have been prepared.

  • Manages and ensures the procurement staff receives appropriate and on-going training in the areas of procurement, interpersonal skills, planning, and basic accounting principles.

  • Supervises the performance and development of staff, including recruiting, career development, discipline, and performance evaluation issues.

  • Ensures that effective communication and dialogue is maintained between agency departments and procurement staff.

  • Seeks methods and tools to improve service while reducing costs.

  • Oversees the process to ensure that established Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and small business goals are being actively pursued by the teams.

  • Plans and conducts procurement quality assurance reviews and implements changes as appropriate.

  • Reviews procurement files for conformance and compliance with federal requirements.

  • Stays informed of developments in the field. Establishes and maintains network of professional contacts.

  • Prepares management reports.

Section Manager II – Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in Business Administration or related field with a minimum of approximately five years progressively responsible experience in procurement and contracts. Three years of previous management experience preferred.

Section Manager III – Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in Business Administration or related field with a minimum of six years experience in procurement and contracts. Three years of previous management experience preferred.

Knowledge of:
  • Public contracting principles, including proposal preparation, contract negotiation, contract law, and finance.

  • Federal and California State laws applicable to contracts and procurement.

  • Federal Acquisition Regulations.

  • Purchasing principles such as the UCC.

  • Use of personal computers to enhance productivity, electronic mail, word processing, and spreadsheets.

  • Accounting principles.

  • Principles of management and administration practices.

Ability to:
  • Negotiate contracts and develop negotiating strategies.

  • Interpret and apply contract principles.

  • Analyze supplier and agency requirements and prepare contract clauses which will protect agency while accommodating the supplier's needs.

  • Supervise, organize, and coordinate the work of others.

Working Conditions/Physical Activities:
(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. OCTA provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).

Positions in this class typically require:
  • Work may be performed in a stressful, fast-paced office environment, depending upon assignment.

  • Requires ability to understand verbal communication and to respond effectively.

  • Positions in this class typically require: Reaching, Finger Dexterity, Grasping, Feeling, Talking, Hearing, Seeing, and Repetitive Motions in computer use.

Application and Selection Process:
This position will remain open until filled. For further information about this exciting career opportunity and to apply online, please visit our website at

We are unable to accept resumes in lieu of an online application. For additional information, please contact the Employment Office at (714) 560-5600.

Compensation and Benefits:
OCTA offers an attractive compensation and benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision health insurance programs, flex time (may be available), paid sick leave, paid vacation and holidays, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement, deferred compensation plan, educational reimbursement, excellent in-house training programs, free transportation passes for the employee and dependents, wellness and ergonomic programs, and much more. OCTA has a hybrid remote work program. Eligibility is dependent on manager’s approval.

OCTA is an equal employment opportunity employer that recruits, hires, and promotes qualified people without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, disability genetic information, military and veteran status, or other legally protected status.

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