Houston, TX
Jul 25, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

The Organization

Houston Community College (HCC) is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society. We're proud to say that 98 percent of our graduates step into a job in their field of study immediately upon graduation. One of the largest community colleges in the nation, HCC has served the Greater Houston area for over four decades. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Schools Commission on Colleges, we offer 300+ associate degree and certificate programs to 75,000+ students across 13 Centers of Excellence and online each semester. We are proud to be No.1 among all community colleges in the nation in providing associate degrees to minorities and No.1 in educating international students, with 10.4 percent of our student population from outside the USA. Our vision is to become the Employer of Choice in support of our mission for Student Success by attracting, retaining and motivating the best employees.

The Team

Some of the brightest minds in academics and business are choosing HCC as their teaching home. When you join our talented faculty team, you'll play a special role as teacher, mentor and academic advisor. We'll support you in your professional development as you contribute your knowledge and expertise to HCC, our students and the community.

We are currently seeking a Buyer who will advance the institution's proud tradition of excellence in academics, student life and community service.

The Opportunity
You: You're skilled at balancing long- and short-term goals, juggling many different projects at the same time and creating innovative solutions to challenges.

Your mission: We'll rely on you to works with system departmental staff to handle formal solicitations and develop, evaluate and negotiate contracts for a wide range of products and services, ensuring that all purchases are made in accordance with HCC policies and applicable governing laws.

Your work: In this role, you'll review client department requests and conduct advanced industry/product market research to identify alternative supply sources. You'll coordinate the inclusion of small-business participation and handle complex acquisitions and prepare solicitation/award documents, including PRC summaries. Finally, you'll maintain a bid calendar of current projects and contracts, and lead your team by promoting open, fair and competitive selection processes.

Next steps: If you always have the student experience in the forefront of your planning and execution, if you're a collaborator, an innovator and a person who gets things done, apply today!


Houston is a city with limitless possibilities:

• Third-largest city in the U.S. and home to 54 Fortune 500 companies, second only to New York City's 55.
• 145 languages are spoken here.
• Overall after-taxes living costs are 5.6 percent below the average for all 308 urban areas recently surveyed.
• Houston is a major-league sports town, and don't forget the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
• The weather is great! Mild winters ensure that outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round.
• World-renowned medical care. The Houston metro area has long been known for its first-rate health care system, with many Houston area hospitals consistently ranking among the nation's top institutions.
• With over 150 museums and cultural institutions in the Greater Houston area, museums are a large part of Houston's cultural scene.
• Houston is the Culture & Culinary Capital of Texas with more than 7,500 restaurants and eating establishments covering 60+ cuisines.

If this sounds like the role for you and you're ready to join an amazing team, please apply right away.

It is the policy of the Houston Community College System to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran's status. Individuals with disabilities, who require special accommodations to interview, should contact the Employment Services Office at (713) 718-8565.
HCC values its employees and their contributions, promotes opportunities for their professional growth and development, and provides a positive working and learning environment that encourages diversity, innovation and creativity, and inclusion.

Bachelor's degree in Business/Purchasing or any related field required. Eight (8) years directly related work experience may be substituted in lieu of degree.

Minimum of three (3) years purchasing experience that displays hands-on experience in purchasing a broad range of materials, equipment and services.
Strong work experience in purchasing and/or PRC in an educational environment or governmental agency highly desirable.

Certification in any of the following (equivalent or advanced) preferred; applicants who do not currently have said certification will be considered provided they agree to obtain the certification (as a condition of their continued employment) within eighteen (18) months after employment:

• Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB)
• Certified in Supply Management (CSM)
• Certified Texas Purchaser (CTP)

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business document, technical data, or governmental regulations.

Ability to write reports and business correspondence.

Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Good understanding of the importance of vendor relationships, vendor goodwill and interdepartmental goodwill.

Proven and displayed abilities to effectively coordinate multiple, concurrent work activities.

Knowledge of PRC related State of Texas laws and regulations.

Ability to represent HCC and PRC Operations effectively and professionally is essential.

Proficiency in computer word processing and spreadsheet applications, including Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.