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Job Opportunity – Tampa Bay Water

See posting below for Tampa Bay Water – Purchasing Specialist.

As the largest wholesale drinking water supplier in the southeastern United States, Tampa Bay Water ultimately provides water to more than 2.3 million people in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties and the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa.  Our mission seems so simple—to reliably provide clean, safe water to the Tampa Bay region now and for future generations.  In reality, it’s a complex process that requires a dedicated, skilled staff to ensure a continuous flow of water to our customers.  At Tampa Bay Water we share a common set of values—safety, continuous improvement and innovation.  We fulfill our mission in partnership with our stakeholders in a responsible, efficient and environmentally sustainable manner.  Our success is driven by people who thrive in our environment.  If you share these values and meet the listed qualifications for this position, please visit www.tampabaywater.org to complete our application and submit your resume. Resumes submitted without a completed Application will not be considered.

 We are seeking a Purchasing Specialist who will support the entire agency through administering the coordination, development, preparation and approval of quoting and bidding documents pertaining to public water supply for acquisition of materials (e.g. tools, safety supplies, fuel, and meters) and services (e.g. small equipment repairs, roofing and painting).  In addition, the Purchasing Specialist’s duties include entering purchase requisitions and converting approved requisition to purchase orders.  S/he requires knowledge of State of Florida quoting and bidding laws and regulations.  S/he must have exceptional project management skills, including organizing and scheduling bidding tasks to maintain project/maintenance schedules.

Performance is monitored through periodic conferences, reports and administrative review process.  Performs related work as directed.

Essential Functions/Requirements

  • Assists Purchasing Manager and other staff in preparing complex Bid, Request for Proposal and resulting Contract documents.  Prepares draft amendments or change orders as required. Works independently on less complex bids and requirements.
  • Develops and maintains procurement schedule in accordance with project/maintenance schedules.
  • Administers, coordinates and prepares informal bidding/quote documents for items ranging from $5,000 to $35,000 for the entire agency, including advertising, responses to questions, bid tabulation evaluation, etc., while assuring applicable laws and regulations are followed.
    • Coordinates and administers pre-bid calls with vendors.
    • Advises customers on statutes, methods of procurement, and timelines.
    • Performs research to support sole source requests, assist customers in bid specification development or ensure compliance as needed.
    • Responds to public records requests.
    • Reviews bids for conformity to quoting/bidding requirements.
    • Coordinates, prepares and tracks post-bid notices and documentation.
    • Administers, manages, monitors, schedules and budgets for low-bid services activities and tasks ensuring purchase order limits are not breached.
    • Establishes and maintains administrative systems for tracking and reporting low-bid services status; establishes and maintains project files and related records and databases; and researches information within files and databases as requested.
    • Closes purchase orders in financial computer system at year-end or project-end through notifications/requests from various staff.
    • Enters and maintains contract and purchase order information in financial system as requested.
    • Prepares agenda item drafts for internal customers.
    • Assists periodically to cover other positions and tasks within the department (e.g. inventory, warehouse duties, and contract administration).
  • Processes, converts, obtains signatures and distributes all agency requisitions to purchase orders while checking that purchasing policies are adhered.
  • Coordinates purchasing procedures with other departments as necessary.
  • Prepares routine purchasing reports and maintains records.
  • May assists with annual inventory count and/or periodic cycle counts.
  • Processes inventory requisitions generated from auto replenishment.
  • Maintains responsibility for personal work safety.
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed.


Disaster Service Worker:  Employees of Tampa Bay Water are, by State and Federal law, Disaster Service Workers. In the event of a declaration of emergency, any employee may be assigned activities that promote the protection of public health and safety or the preservation of lives and property, either at the Agency or within the local community or their own community.

Minimum Training and Experience

  • Mid-Level position with minimally 3 years of public purchasing experience involving various types of goods and services.
  • Position requires considerable written, oral and computer communication skills. 
  • Proofreading skills and careful attention to detail
  • Intermediate Level use of Microsoft Word and Excel highly desirable. Basic Level of Power Point helpful. Outlook or similar calendar experience preferred.
  • Experience with financial and work order computer systems that support purchasing, work order, and inventory management is highly desirable.
  • Experience with warehouse inventory purchasing functions and equipment (e.g. pallet jack, overhead crane, banding machine, aerial lift and forklift), is preferred.
  • Experience with an on-line bidding system such as Onvia DemandStar helpful.

Education/Major Required:

  • High school diploma, vocational school diploma or GED or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

 Required Licenses And Certifications

  • Professional Certification such as a CPPB, C.P.M. or APP is highly desirable.
  • Valid State of Florida Driver’s License required.

 SALARY RANGE (Minimum-Maximum):  $40,356 ($19.40 per hour) – $66,587 ($32.01 per hour) Actual salary will be commensurate with experience.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, July 11, 2014.

 Tampa Bay Water is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

Port TampaBay Tour – June 19th – 3:30 pm

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You will not want to miss this amazing opportunity!!!    Join us for a tour of Port TampaBay – June 19th – 3:30 PM

We are excited to confirm a Tour of Port TampaBay for our June meeting.  You will learn about Florida’s largest and most diversified seaport.  On this informative and educational harbor excursion, you will see a dynamic, working cargo port aboard the Bay Spirit II.

Port Tampa Bay’s longstanding supremacy among Florida ports is based largely on its leadership in handling of bulk and break-bulk cargos, including phosphate, steel and petroleum, as well as in the shipbuilding industry.  Port Tampa Bay, over the past decade, has impressively advanced its container-handling capabilities and seen a rapid growth in regional distribution facilities.

Handling more than 34 million tons of cargo in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2011 – nearly 40 percent of all cargo moving in and out of the state of Florida. This embraces virtually every imaginable commodity, including vehicles and oversized project cargos, from all corners of the world. Top trade partners include India, Mexico, Brazil, Trinidad, Canada, Russia, Australia, Japan, Argentina and Turkey. At the same time, the Port of Tampa has emerged among the top eight U.S. cruise ports, smoothly handling nearly 1 million passenger moves a year.

PARKING:  Port Tampa Bay will provide complimentary parking for this event at cruise terminal #3 – 815 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL  A printable map illustrates where to park and walk to the boat is available below.  The tour begins onboard the Bay Spirit II which is located behind the Florida Aquarium at 701 Channelside Drive.  Please park against the curb in the driveway in front of the terminal in a diagonal manner facing the terminal to maximize use of the space.

PLEASE BE PROMPT.  Please arrive at the Florida Aquarium at 3:30 pm to registration.  We should be able to begin boarding at or around 3:45pm departure and depart before 4:00 p.m.   The boat will be back to the dock no later than 5:15pm.  We are limited to 110 registrations.

 INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS - In addition to our tour, your Board of Directors will be installed for the coming 2014 – 2015 calendar year.

 Don’t miss this amazing opportunity.   See you June 19th.

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May 22nd ISM-FGC Dinner Meeting

Please join your fellow ISM FGC members and guests for our next educational and networking opportunity – May 22nd, at the Centre Club in Tampa. 

We are privileged to host a panel discussion on the cutting-edge topic “Diversity and Supplier Diversity – Hot Issues at Your Office”. We will have a panel of distinguished experts: Fred Bell, Manager of Supplier Diversity at TECO Energy; Karl Stevens, Senior Manager of Global Supplier Diversity at Stryker Corporation; and Larry Clegg, Manager, Supplier Diversity for General Dynamics- Ordnance Tactical Systems. Please make every effort to attend this panel discussion, which is or soon will be directly relevant to your duties at your company.

Frederick D. Bell – Bio

Frederick D. Bell, with 25 years working in the utility industry, is dedicated to providing leadership and direction for the Supplier Diversity Program at TECO Energy. He is responsible for Vendor Management, recruiting and certifying small and diverse vendors to compete equally with all vendors to supply TECO Energy and its subsidiaries with goods and services. Fred, as he is known around the office, works with a team focused on ensuring business opportunities for minorities, women, veterans, disabled veterans, and (HUB) zone businesses.  TECO Energy is focused on supporting those businesses in Florida.

Outside of TECO Energy, Fred puts his talents to work for the Edison Electric Institute, the trade organization for investor-owned utilities; and supports Minority Enterprise Development Week; and the Florida Minority Supplier Development Council.

Fred attended Stillman College – a historically black college in Tuscaloosa, Alabama – where he earned a Bachelor of Science in physics. He continued his education while stationed with the United States Navy in Pensacola, Florida, attending Troy State University, where he earned a Master of Business Administration.

Larry S. Clegg – Bio

 Served in the U.S. Air Force for 8 years, stationed in Texas, California and  Karamusel, Turkey.   Mr. Clegg graduated from Cheyney State College (HBCU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1982.  Mr. Clegg has received Green Belt Certification for the Six Sigma Program from the University of Michigan.  Previously held positions:  Purchasing Agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Willow Grove, PA.  General Instrument Corporation Hatboro, PA and G.E Space Center (Lockheed-Martin) located in Valley Forge, PA.  Mr. Clegg retired from ITT Night Vision located in Roanoke, VA in January 2010, after serving 20 years.  Mr. Clegg served as Senior Subcontracts Administrator, Supervisor- Direct Material Buyers and Small Business Liaison Officer.  Mr. Clegg has over 30 year’s procurement experience in the Federal and Private sector.   During February 2010, Mr. Clegg accepted the position as Manager, Supplier Diversity for General Dynamics- Ordnance Tactical Systems located in St. Petersburg, Florida.  His responsibilities include: planning and implementing an effective Small Business Program at GD-OTS, ensuring Diversity is distributed to Small Business concerns.  Also provides training and support to the Supply Chain organization to educate personnel and influence sensitivity to socioeconomic procurement programs.

Karl Stevens – Bio

Karl Stevens started his professional career by graduating from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio with a Bachelor’s Degree in English with highest honors, and earned his Juris Doctor degree from John Marshall College of Law, also in Cleveland, with highest honors. After passing the Ohio and Florida State Bar exams, he practiced Law for 17 years in both Cleveland and then in Tampa, Florida. He then stepped into the Supply Management arena approximately 15 years ago, where he has served as Director of Supply Management and Senior Manager for several companies. Karl currently is the Senior Manager of Global Supplier Diversity at Stryker Corporation, where he is putting a new Global Supplier Diversity initiative in place for Stryker’s 34 locations around the world.

Karl holds certifications as a Certified Professional in Supply Management (“CPSM”) and as a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (“CPSD”) through the Institute for Supply Management, and is also a Certified Trainer through ISM for both the CPSM and CPSD and regularly trains students for both certification exams. He is also the Chairperson for ISM’s International Diversity Committee and lectures on various Diversity, Supply Management and Supplier Diversity issues, and serves on ISM’s international Professional Credentials Committee. Karl has also published magazine articles for ISM, the most recent of which appears in ISM’s May, 2014 issue of its international “Inside Supply Management” magazine.

 Don’t miss this opportunity. Networking begins at 5:30PM and dinner will be served at 6PM. Your program begins at 6:45PM.



MARK YOUR DATE – June 19th – Port TampaBay Boat Tour – starts at 4:00 p.m — Details to follow!!


Job Opportunity – Pinellas Park, FL – Interviews starting soon

Sr. Technology Category Manager( Job Number: 1400130)


 Job Summary:

Under limited supervision, uses extensive knowledge and skills obtained through education and experience, leveraging proven sourcing experience, supply market intelligence, thought leadership, strategic thinking, negotiation and contracting and supplier relationship management skills to develop and implement procurement strategies that minimize Total Cost of Ownership while prioritizing stakeholder service.   Ensures business requirements are fulfilled, risks are mitigated and value is optimized across business units. Extensive contact with senior management is required to provide comprehensive solutions to complex problems or needs. 


Matthew Ruby | Account Executive
T 813.636.3707 | M 813.610.9444 | Mruby@TEKsystems.com
| F 813.636.3792 | www.TEKsystems.com
4301 Boy Scout Blvd., Suite #590, Tampa, Fl 33607

See Job Opportunities web page for more details.

Job Opportunity – Venice FL – Interviews starting April 21st

Please contact meri@procurementexpertise.com for more information.


This position will be involved in selecting, managing and developing our key raw material component suppliers, as well as driving strategic operational improvements and efficiency gains in our logistics and material supply chains. In addition, this position includes extensive involvement with Product Stream Leaders to successfully launch or improve products within multiple product streams.   Success in this position will be measured via the value added supplier relationships developed to enable the Company to lower costs, improve quality, minimize inventory, lower lead-times and improve fill rate.  The Strategic Buyer will be exposed to many business disciplines including Finance, Operations, Quality, Manufacturing and Engineering

See details under Job Opportunities page.

April 17th – ISM-FGC Dinner Meeting

Please join your fellow ISM FGC members and guests for our next educational and networking opportunity – April 17th, at the Centre Club in Tampa. 

Our featured speaker will be Sam Farney.   His presentation is entitled: ”Six-Sigma Supply Chains, The Honda America Manufacturing Story”.  This meeting will also be our Annual Meeting, with voting on the 2014-2015 Nominations of Board Officers.

Most of us are very familiar with the payback of Six-Sigma and Lean principles and methods within our own organization.  Application of these highly cost effective techniques to our supply chains is far less common.  Yet applying lean practices at all levels of the supply chain can benefit the final product or service while adding tremendous financial leverage and great improvements to product/process quality throughout the supply chain.

In this workshop we will explore how these powerful tools can be used to dramatically reduce cost and improve quality and reliability in the supply chain, thereby providing benefits at all levels of the chain.  We will review specific examples from Honda America Manufacturing, a company renowned for being among the highest quality and lowest cost in the automotive industry.

For the attendee to receive the most applicable value, the workshop will focus on what can be done at the buying organization to enable these cost and quality benefits for one’s own organization and for our suppliers.

About our Speaker:  Sam Farney, C.P.M.

Sam Farney is principal of Supply Chain Advisors, an organization specializing in providing clients with education and process improvement for world-class supply chain management.  He is a Lifetime C.P.M., holds a BS in marine engineering and has extensive formal training in supply management, process improvement and financial analysis.

Sam’s 35-year career with United Technologies Corporation included 28 years with the supply management team.  His work included supplier process improvement initiatives, supply management training programs, MRO procurement and minority supplier development.  At the Carrier division of UTC he was responsible for purchasing and material control, provided strategic procurement planning and purchased private label products, MRO and field assembled systems.

Sam is coauthor of Global Purchasing and Supply Management, Second Edition, and of Volume IV of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Knowledge Series titled The Supply Management Leadership Process.  His work has been noted in Purchasing and Inside Supply Management magazines as well as The Purchasing Handbook

 Don’t miss this opportunity. Networking begins at 5:30PM and dinner will be served at 6PM. Your program begins at 6:45PM.



Your ISM-Florida Gulf Coast Affiliate will be conducting CPSM & CPSD Review Courses on the upcoming Saturday May 10th:

  • ISM-Florida Gulf Coast will be holding a CPSM Module 1 and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (“CPSD”) Review Course on Saturday, May 10 starting with the CPSM Module 1 at 8:30 AM, and the CPSD will start at 12:30 PM. A $10 per person charge, payable at the door, will be required, and breakfast and lunch will be served. There is no other charge for the course itself. The CPSM Module 1 test is required in order to attain your CPSD certification. In addition to purchasing CPSM Study Materials, we will use the CPSD Exam Review Self-study Workbook. All study materials may be purchased directly through ISM National. The venue for these courses is WellCare Health Plans, Inc., Renaissance Center (corner of Waters Avenue & Henderson Road, behind Target/Lowes Shopping Center) at 8735 Henderson Road, Tampa, FL 33634.  (Please see map).  Parking is free in Parking Structure A and it’s just a short walk from Parking Structure A to the Conference Center.    CONTACT:  KARL STEVENS, Karl.stevens@stryker.com, 863-904-1637  

The materials are required for this course, and may be purchased either on the ISM web site http://www.ism.ws/products/productdetail.cfm?ItemNumber=18102 or through ISM Customer Service, 800/888-6276, Ext. 3072.

If you have any questions, please call Karl Stevens (863) 904-1637 or karl.stevens@stryker.com .



CPSM and CPSD Review Course – Saturday May 10, 2014

ISM-Florida Gulf Coast will be holding a CPSM Module 1 and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (“CPSD”) Review Course on Saturday, May 10 starting with the CPSM Module 1 at 8:30 AM, and the CPSD will start at 12:30 PM. A $10 per person charge, payable at the door, will be required, and breakfast and lunch will be served. There is no other charge for the course itself. The CPSM Module 1 test is required in order to attain your CPSD certification. In addition to purchasing CPSM Study Materials, we will use the CPSD Exam Review Self-study Workbook. All study materials may be purchased directly through ISM National. 

The venue for these courses is WellCare Health Plans, Inc., Renaissance Center (corner of Waters Avenue & Henderson Road, behind Target/Lowes Shopping Center) at 8735 Henderson Road, Tampa, FL 33634.  (Please see map).  Parking is free in Parking Structure A and it’s just a short walk from Parking Structure A to the Conference Center.

CONTACT:  KARL STEVENS, Karl.stevens@stryker.com, 863-904-1637  

See CPSM Web Page for more details.


Nominations – Slate of Officers for 2014-2015

Attention ISM – FGC Members:

April is the Annual Meeting month for the ISM-Florida Gulf Coast Affiliate and ballots will be available at our Annual Meeting on April 17th.  We are also allowing our membership to vote via e-mail.

Per our By-Laws, the officers shall be elected by the regular members of the Association in attendance at the annual meeting held in accordance with the Association’s Policies & Procedures Manual. Internet and/or e-mail voting may be used when controlled and monitored by the Association’s Election Committee and may be used to nominate and validate the election.

Attached is the Nominations – Slate of Officers Ballot for the 2014-2015 ISM-Florida Gulf Coast.   Please review, if you have write-in candidates, please complete, sign, scan and email Karl Stevens – karl.stevens@stryker.com or call/text your vote to 863-904-1637.   Ballots need to be returned or email acceptance by May 1, 2014.

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ISM Expands Requirements for Its Procurement and Supply Chain Certification

New pathway to CPSM® opened for practitioners without a degree.

(Tempe, AZ) March 11, 2013 — Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reveals new requirements for its Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) program. Effective immediately, ISM expanded the eligibility requirements for the CPSM® certification to include a pathway for individuals who do not have a qualified degree. Qualified professionals without a degree who meet a higher threshold of applicable years of work experience may now obtain the CPSM® credential.

Proceed to Certifications link to read more about this exciting change in your association.