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Director, Contracting and Procurement

Job Category:  Management/Executive
Department:  Accounting Services

Los Angeles, CA, US, 90017

Position Type:  Full Time
Requisition ID:  8386


Established in 1997, L.A. Care Health Plan is an independent public agency created by the state of California to provide health coverage to low-income Los Angeles County residents. We are the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan. Serving more than 2 million members in five health plans, we make sure our members get the right care at the right place at the right time.

Mission: L.A. Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care for Los Angeles County's vulnerable and low-income communities and residents and to support the safety net required to achieve that purpose.

As a condition of employment, L.A. Care requires a COVID-19 vaccine. This requirement includes our remote workforce. If you would like to request an exemption, L.A. Care has implemented a process to consider exemptions, for documented medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs. L.A. Care will review all exemption requests prior to proceeding with the recruitment process.

Job Summary

The Director, Contracting and Procurement will be responsible for overseeing purchasing and vendor contracting for the organization. Responsibilities include managing procurement and vendor contracting activities, focusing on assessing and mitigating risks through all phases of the contracts and general acquisition process and ensuring policy compliance. The position will be responsible for streamlining and improving the contracting process and leveraging the strength and capabilities of the new contracting system.  The individual will put in place tools to assist the contract owner in ensuring that vendors are meeting contractual obligations and performance goals related to cost, quality and service. The contract process and agreements should be reviewed and improved to include clear performance, quality, time and service level measures that are highly competitive and maximize potential value and return for the organization. This position is responsible for purchasing strategies and policies which consider market conditions and economies to leverage savings, ensure quality, improve service, timeliness to meet organizational goals and objectives.  


Manage procurement staff and process. Organization well informed of procurement process and is compliant with policies. Best in practice purchasing strategies that are in the best interests of the organization. Encourage and maintain organization-wide culture of appropriate savings and spending in support of goals and objectives.


Manage contracting staff and process. Organization well informed of contracting process and is compliant with policies. Improved contracting process.


Maximize potential of new contracting system. New contracting system improves timeliness and ease of contracting. New reports developed to determine opportunities, areas of focus and successes.


Responsible for pertinent policies and procedures. Appropriate purchasing and contracting policies and procedures in place.


Risk management and mitigation. Review contracts for potential risk, insurance and agreements in place for risk mitigation.


Ensure spending within scope and budget. Invoices reviewed to ensure within scope and spending within budget or approval limits.


Responsible for maintaining appropriate levels of insurance. Reviews, evaluates purchases and maintains appropriate levels of insurance for the organization.


Perform other duties as assigned. 

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Education Preferred

Master's Degree
In lieu of degree, equivalent education and/or experience may be considered.


At least 7 years of relevant contracts/purchasing experience.


Minimum of 5-7 years of supervisory/management experience.


Strong negotiation skills. 


Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


Strong leadership, and interpersonal skills.


Strong computer skills, ideally with experience using Windows-based PC programs.


Ability to coordinate multiple group efforts within the company to achieve objectives.


Excellent organizational and problem solving skills.


Ability to handle multiple tasks, with awareness of deadlines.


Ability to identify processes needing improvement, and to recommend improvements.

Licenses/Certifications Required

Licenses/Certifications Preferred

Required Training

Additional Information


L.A. Care offers a wide range of benefits including

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Retirement Plans
  • Medical, Dental and Vision
  • Wellness Program
  • Volunteer Time Off (VTO)


At L.A. Care, we value our team members’ safety. In order to keep our work locations safe, each employee is required to self-screen for symptoms prior to entering any L.A. Care location each day. L.A. Care and all of its staff are required to comply with all state and local masking orders. Therefore, when on-site at any L.A. Care location, employees are expected to wear a mask in areas where physical distancing cannot be managed.

Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles

Job Segment: Risk Management, Finance

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