The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Principal Buyer

Job Locations US-CA-Los Angeles
Job ID 2022-2212
Posted Date
4 weeks ago(11/7/2022 3:15 PM)
Application Filing Period
Nov 7, 2022 - Dec 7, 2022 @ 4:30 p.m.
# of Openings
USD $118,955.00/Yr.
USD $155,418.00/Yr.
Work Schedule (Days/Hours)

As a Principal Buyer you will independently develop, coordinate, publish, and manage complex solicitations (i.e. Requests for Bids, Requests for Proposals, Requests for Qualifications) for general goods and services procurements; assist and guide internal customers with developing specifications and scopes of work; act as the lead in negotiating supplier contracts, which may include coordinating member agency activities; assist and guide with vendor performance and maintain liaison relationships; provide training and guidance to internal customers on procurement policies and procedures; oversee, monitor and review large and complex solicitations performed by other procurement team members; and conduct market research conditions and trends related to goods and services, supplier sourcing and purchasing methods.

You will also provide regular training and guidance to other procurement team members under the direction of higher-level management on various public procurement techniques and processes; develop, coordinate, and lead multi-jurisdictional cooperative procurements; evaluate and recommend utilization of cooperative agreements and sole source procurements; travel to Metropolitan facilities and various other sites to support and promote Procurement’s objectives and vision; assist Procurement Team Manager with identifying, recommending, and implementing efficiencies to streamline and automate procurement operating policies and procedures; will prepare and review various management reports for Legal, Audit, and other departments.


Schedule: 9/80 Monday through Friday with every other Friday off


This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification / job.


To view the full job description click here: Principal Buyer  





Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and six years of increasingly responsible experience, of which two years must have been at the Senior Buyer level.

Increasingly responsible experience is defined as: Work experience as a buyer/purchaser negotiating and preparing complex procurement agreements including overseeing the competitive bidding processes.




License(s): Valid California Class C Driver’s License or equivalent (required at time of application) that allows you to drive during your employment.



  • Public procurement /government procurement
  • Proficient with independently leading, managing, and executing complex public bidding methodologies (requests for bids, proposals, and qualifications) and contracts
  • Experience with automated procurement or ERP systems (Oracle most desirable)
  • Experience with automated bidding systems (PlanetBids most desirable)
  • Experience with Microsoft Office 360 applications
  • Experience with researching and applying applicable government procurement and California public contracting laws and regulations, including public works and prevailing wage
  • Experience assisting in developing and implementing policies, procedures, and practices related to public procurement in a large-scale operation, including minor public works projects




  • Competitive compensation 
  • Excellent medical, dental, life, vision plans. 
  • Deferred compensation in the form of a 401(k) plan (with matching contribution) and a 457 plan. 
  • Retirement benefits under the California Public Employees' Retirement System 
  • Tuition reimbursement 
  • Training and advancement opportunities 
  • Excellent working environment 
  • On-site fitness center
  • Hub of public transportation: rail, subway, buses, and taxis
  • Public transportation reimbursements 

For more information on MWD benefits, please use the following link:  Benefits Regular Full Time Employee




The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan’s mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan’s facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 830 miles of pipeline, and 15 hydroelectric power plants.


The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email


MWD is a Federal and State EO employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.


Application Filing Period: Closes at 4:30 pm PT on the date stated in the job. However it may close prior to the filing end date if sufficient applications have been received. If sufficient applications have not been received, then the filing period end date may be extended.


Sponsorship: Applicants for employment with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States (i.e., H1-B or other employment-based immigration case).


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