Procurement Officer

Organization: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden (AZA Member)
Location: Columbia, SC, Country
Job or Internship: Job

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is currently recruiting an experienced purchasing professional to fill the open position of Procurement Officer. The best candidate will have solid purchasing and financial management skills, have experience as a team player, and demonstrate excellent communication, organization, and follow-through skills. Duties: Under limited supervision performs supervisory and complex administrative and purchasing duties in support of the activities of Riverbanks. Position oversees procurement of goods, services, materials, supplies, equipment and construction. Develops and implements procurement policies and procedures for the acquisition of goods and services at the most advantageous value. Ensures all procurement decisions are made in accordance with acceptable standards of performance and meet all legal requirements set forth in Riverbanks procurement policy. Develops bid documents for complex bid requirements and requests for proposals (RFP) and places all required advertisements for solicitations. Conducts all bid meeting requirements from beginning to completion. Serves as chairperson of purchasing committee to evaluate the RFP to determine the most responsive and responsible bidder meeting all required specifications, terms and conditions of the solicitation. Provides notifications to bidders and provides contract administration until the completion of the contract. Works with staff in formulating specifications for equipment, materials, supplies, construction and services. Authorizes purchases of equipment, goods and services for Riverbanks by reviewing and approving purchase orders within the scope of the Procurement Policy. Contracts, manages and coordinates all capital construction, repairs, operational, professional and consulting service. Acts as liaison between departments, contractors and architects during construction phase. Oversees receipt of goods and services and payment to vendor upon satisfying the terms, conditions and costs as outlined on the purchase order and any applicable contracts. Resolves discrepancies with vendors through written and verbal inquiries. Maintains auditable procurement records to include complete records of competitive bids and proposals, order histories, vendor files, etc; acts as Riverbanks’ representative on all matters pertaining to procurement. Reports to the Director of Finance.Requirements: Bachelor’s or associate’s degree in business administration or related field with 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in procurement, preferably governmental purchasing. Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation required. Must demonstrate great communication/relationship-building and written communication skills. Must be able to pass a criminal and credit background check. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden offers a great benefits package for full-time staff. Please visit for more information about our benefits and Riverbanks in general. The compensation for this position is $47,235/year. Riverbanks is a Equal Opportunity Employer. All employees must pass a criminal background check and have or be eligible for a South Carolina driver’s license. To apply, please send a resume and letter of intent… By Fax: Human Resources at 803.253.6381. By Email: – click on Join Our Team. By Mail: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, PO Box 1060, Columbia, SC 29202-1060 ATTN: Human Resources.