CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
PROCUREMENT TECHNICIAN SUPERVISOR
( General Commodities )
( Public Works )
This is supervisory technical procurement work within a central procurement agency. An
employee in this class plans, evaluates and reviews the work of procurement technicians engaged in
developing purchasing specifications and standards and purchasing an assigned group of commodities or
services; performing long-range purchase planning and analysis; and/or awarding public construction
contracts. An employee in this class assigns a group of general commodities or public works construction
contracts to technicians. Work includes reviewing staff performance and activities for conformance to
appropriate procurement and purchasing practices, determining training and development needs, and
resolving a variety of purchasing and procurement problems. Interacting with governmental officials,
vendors, contractors and the general public is a significant aspect of the work. Work is performed under
the general supervision of a technical and administrative superior.
(The following conditions must be met for a position to be approved for this class.)
- The position must supervise either: (1) a group of technicians developing purchasing specifications and standards and purchasing general commodities; or (2) awarding public works construction contracts.
- The position must supervise a procurement operation in the City's Central purchasing agency.
- The position must have responsibility for interacting with governmental officials, contractors and the public to resolve procurement related issues.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
Performs Duties in One of the Following Specialties
- Plans, directs, coordinates, evaluates and reviews the work of a team of procurement technicians
performing a variety of procurement and purchasing activities; determines work priorities, output goals
and schedules for team; assigns technicians to specific procurement and purchasing activities; orients and
trains employees in procurement principles, practices, procedures, and appropriate rules and regulations;
evaluates training needs and development level of technicians; reviews and evaluates technician's
performance and activities for achieving qualitative and quantitative goals and objectives within specified
time frames; provides technical guidance to staff; reviews and modifies methodology, procedures, and
- Directs the analysis of goods and services and contract needs of City departments; studies
departmental procurement and purchasing practices for conformance with overall City-wide policies;
recommends modifications and changes in procedure and methods; discusses operations, policy and
recommendations with appropriate departmental officials; implements policies and practices into team
- Confers with departmental officials, vendors, and contractors to promote greater competition for
bid awards; confers with superior to resolve problems regarding bid rejections, removal of vendors from
bidder lists, and appropriateness of specifications for specific goods, services or public work items;
confers with City officials, technical staff and minority business council officials to identify and prepare
proposals appropriate for bidding in a sheltered market.
- Performs related work as required.
General Commodities Specialty
Public Works Specialty
- Supervises a group of Procurement Technicians purchasing automotive and service contracts, for
janitorial supplies, fuel and electrical equipment, hardware and construction materials, medical and
institutional supplies and office and laboratory equipment following prescribed procedures.
- Supervises a group of Procurement Technicians involved in processing concessions and bids
public works contracts for departments involved in capital construction renovation work following
prescribed procurement procedures.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the principles and practices of procurement and purchasing as applied to a large-scale centralized
public procurement operation.
- the various grades, qualities and supply sources of commodities and services available to meet
the City's procurement needs.
- the principles, procedures and standards of specification writing and construction contracts as
required by work assignment.
- engineering and architectural terminology typically found in construction contracts in the public
- the markets and pricing methods and differentials as applied to a wide variety of goods and
services as required by work assignment.
- supervisory principles, practices and techniques.
- the applications of management information systems to the administration of a procurement
- plan, assign and review the work of a team of technicians performing a variety of procurement
and purchasing activities in the area of specialization.
- maintain effective working relationships with contractors, vendors, government and private
officials, and the general public.
- evaluate and interpret a variety of specifications, contract proposals, financial statement, and bid
- evaluate bids for construction contracts.
- evaluate procurement and purchasing procedures and recommend measures to improve operations.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the
minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.
Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience
requirements as approved on 5/93.)
- Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university.
- Two years of purchasing experience.
General Commodities Specialty
Public Works Specialty
- Two years of full performance purchasing experience in a centralized purchasing system analyzing
buying requirements and resolving procurement related issues for general commodities.
- Two years of full performance level experience processing public work contracts and performing
long-range purchase planning and analysis for construction contracts.
Or any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the
Personnel Department that has included the specific experience described above.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this
PAY RANGE: EP23
CSC - 3/1972 ; Ad Board - 4/1972
Latest Spec. Revision:
CSC - 3/1993 ; Ad Board - 4/1999
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 2E14