Procurement Specialist

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The Procurement Specialist directs the overall purchasing function and facilitates the timely purchase of all equipment, supplies, materials and services in compliance with state laws and network policies.

Desired Competencies:

● Has a clear sense of vision and purpose/ reason for making decision  

● Plans in a thorough, meticulous manner.

● Offers innovative ideas or solutions to new/ old problems.

● Follows through –

○ Self-starter – takes responsibility for initiating necessary changes or actions.

○ Remains focused on goal attainment, perseveres, monitors, delivers.

○ Doesn’t let the details fall between the cracks.

○ Stays with a project through to its completion.

● Reliable – Can be counted on to complete tasks/ projects on time

● Committed:   

○ Positive attitude, promotes harmonious collaboration

○ Truly appreciates that teamwork will produce superior results

○ Genuinely enjoys and is enthusiastic about being part of a team

○ Contributes fair share to the team

● Able to motivate and positively influence others

● Listens, identifies others’ perspective(s)

● Communicates effectively with others regardless of differences 

● Self-care, prioritizes personal wellness

● Views challenges as exciting learning experiences 


  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in logistics supply chain or business related field;
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in related field;
  • Experience in bid specification development and contract review;
  • Proficient in spreadsheet software applications, specifically Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets;
  • Basic skills using email and using word processor applications, specifically Microsoft Word or Google Docs

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops innovative and cooperative ways to increase productivity and effectiveness in the purchasing process;
  • Monitors purchasing process and works with network schools and departments to procure services, materials, supplies and equipment in accordance with network, state and federal policies and procedures;
  • Obtains, logs and evaluates quotations and bids;
  • Negotiates supply and service contracts;
  • Maintains a common vendor list;
  • Tracks key performance data and creates reports to analyze the effectiveness and efficiency of the purchasing function;
  • Develops and maintains a system to measure supply inventories and to determine standard supply levels at each school;
  • Manages and coordinates all RFP processes;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Location: Detroit, MI
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