Apply online at http://www.kingcounty.gov/jobs

CLOSING DATE/TIME: 03/27/19 11:59 PM

LOCATION: Component Supply Center, 12200 East Marginal Way South, Seattle

SALARY:    $107,762.10 – $130,276.64

Come join the nation’s top transit agency at a time when it is growing, adopting innovative services and technologies, and building a new organizational structure to support our values of sustainability, equity, and safety. We believe mobility is a human right. Help us make that happen!

Job Summary
To support the maintenance and repair of Metro’s entire fleet of 1600 buses, supervise and direct all phases of supply chain management to include purchase and acquisition of transit parts and materiel, inventory and materials management, warehousing, parts distribution, contract administration, and federal procurement audit and compliance work.

Salary Note: Salary shown represents 2018 rates.  The applicable labor union has ratified a contract that includes a 4% General Wage Increase for 2019.  This increase will be implemented retroactively to January 1, 2019 upon approval by the King County Council.

Vehicle Maintenance Division
Metro Transit’s Vehicle Maintenance Division takes pride in meeting our customers’ expectations for safe, dependable, clean, and environmentally sound vehicles. Maintenance of Metro’s bus fleet takes place at seven bus bases and at our central Component Supply Center where specialized work is done. The majority of Metro’s buses are hybrids, followed by diesel, electric trolley, and several battery-electric buses. Metro has long been an innovator in green vehicle technology, and plans to transition to battery-electric buses as we move toward our goal of a zero-emission fleet.  Our Division is committed to working in a timely, cost effective, and environmentally sensitive manner, and values teamwork, communication, diversity, and social justice.

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees.  All Superintendents are expected to model and apply our equity and social justice shared values, behaviors and practices across all of the job duties listed below:

  • Oversee Transit Parts Specialists, Technical Information Processing Specialists, and Transit Purchasing Specialists, and other employees, engaged in the storage, inventory and distribution of parts and materiel for maintenance and repair of coach, trolley, and non-revenue vehicles; hire, lead, help develop, and motivate employees, helping them to recognize the important role they each play in achieving the overall agency goals and empowering them to perform accordingly
  • Ensure that employee and the public’s safety continues to be Metro’s highest priority, maintaining strict adherence to safety rules and procedures and continually seeking to enhance safety practices, awareness and training
  • Direct and oversee inventory and materials management, warehousing and distribution operations; forecast inventory usage and sustain inventory at cost effective levels while maintaining demand availability
  • Develop and implement SOP’s, policies, projects, performance metrics, schedules, budget, contract requirements and execution plans for all phases of supply chain management; resolve supply chain management issues; develop contingency plans for vendor delays; research alternative sourcing
  • Oversee bid specifications, bid evaluations and awards to vendors
  • Develop and manage a centralized warehouse either conceptually or physically; oversee materials inventory in all Transit Bases; manage system delivery logistics and inventory system work standardization across the Vehicle Maintenance Division
  • Participate in varied federally mandated audits, technical, financial and cost analyses; ensure all audit and federally mandated requirements are met, to assure continued federal funding for procuring inventory
  • Partner with unions and other stakeholders to deliver excellent service and build a community-oriented, diverse, and inclusive environment; mitigate high-profile service delivery issues
  • With a strong level of comfort managing a highly unionized workforce, create harmonious working relationships with multiple collective bargaining units and ensure consistent application of labor policies, labor contract provisions and hiring guidelines; resolve grievances and other labor and performance issues as appropriate
  • Demonstrate leadership in the development and management of the work unit budget; ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies;
  • Develop and direct the use of performance metrics; recommend corrective actions as needed; manage data collection and reporting
  • To continuously improve our services, lead the development of new initiatives, efficiencies, and operational methods to meet strategic goals; determine and select technology and equipment write reports and budget requests; supervise program and procedure development and implementation
  • Work with other Superintendents to resolve Division-wide issues; act as Division experts on projects; represent the Division on work groups, project teams, and Division-wide hiring processes; participate as a member of the Division management team
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Position Requirements

  • Increasingly responsible experience in supply chain management, including inventory and materials management operations, warehousing, parts distribution, contract administration, and procurement
  • Two years of increasingly responsible supervisory or comparable  leadership experience in transit operations, public administration, human resources, or other relevant fields, that provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the key roles and responsibilities of the position.
  • Knowledge of operational, financial and cost analyses, financial and cost accounting and generally accepted accounting and auditing principles and standards
  • Demonstrated knowledge of automated maintenance management systems with ability to become skilled at extracting data from an automated data system
  • Knowledge of applicable local, state and federal regulations that govern funding, procurement, contracting and operation of inventory regulations (in mass transit is desirable)
  • One or more of the following Certifications would be desirable:  Through the APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society): CSCP – Certified Supply Chain Professional, and CPIM – Certified in Production and Inventory Management. Through the NIGP (National Institute for Public Procurement): CPPB – Certified Public Professional Buyer, and CPPO – Certified Public Procurement Officer
  • Are skilled people leaders who:
    • Have demonstrated experience building effective teams in diverse work environments while inspiring trust, creating strong morale, instilling vision and purpose, and fostering open dialogue
    • Are interested in and inspired to develop and lead direct reports, furthering people’s career goals, providing challenging and stretching tasks and assignments, and effectively developing all levels of staff
    • Know how to build relationships and treat all employees and customers equitably, with respect and dignity, as well as solve problems for the good of all
    • Have experience working with labor and ability to develop and nurture strong, productive relationships with union leadership, respecting established processes and fostering an environment of mutual respect
    • Have high integrity and a commitment to continuous improvement
    • Are excellent communicators, in both oral and written communications
  • Ability to apply the principles, practices and techniques of labor relations that include interest-based or collaborative labor negotiations as well as grievance and arbitration processes
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply human resources management concepts, supervisory principles, employee performance evaluation, coaching and counseling practices, and federal, state and local laws related to employment, civil rights and affirmative action
  • Ability to apply workforce planning, budget administration and project management principles
  • Skill in conflict and problem resolution and negotiation
  • Skill in time management, timely decision making, planning and delegating work assignments, and managing multiple work and projects efficiently
  • Skill in use of standard MS Office Suite applications
  • Valid Driver’s License (Washington license by date of hire) or the ability to travel throughout the county in a timely fashion

Who May Apply
This position is open to the general public and all King County employees.

How To Apply
An online employment application completed at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs AND a cover letter that specifically explains your interest in the position and how your background supplies you with the key competencies stated. NOTE: A résumé is not required but may also be uploaded into your application package.

Note: Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to translate their life experiences to show how they meet required the experience, knowledge, education and skills.

Eligibility Pool Information

This recruitment will also be used to create an eligibility pool to fill future career service vacancies in this Superintendent role in the event that any such new vacancies develop during the next six months.

Work Schedule
The work schedule is normally day shift Monday through Friday, however, due to the 24 hour/7 day a week operation of public transit service, this position may require off-shift (swing and graveyard) meetings as well as weekend work.

Selection Process
Application materials will be screened for completeness, clarity and competitiveness. The most competitive applicants may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews.

Skype options are available for out-of-state candidates for the first-round interview only. Final interviews must be in person. We are unfortunately not able to provide interviewing or relocation expenses.

Union Representation
The position is represented by PROTEC17’s Transit Superintendent bargaining unit.

Working for King County Metro Transit
In 2018, KC Metro Transit was named Outstanding Public Transportation System of the Year among the nation’s largest transit agencies. This award recognizes achievements like record-breaking growth, 93 percent customer satisfaction, adoption of green technologies, and leadership in modeling new mobility services.

Metro’s Superintendents work in partnership with employees, colleagues and stakeholders to ensure that Metro provides world-class service while advancing the following:

  • Health and safety of our workforce
  • Strength and sustainability of our environment
  • Forward-looking development of our employees
  • Equity and social justice in our workplace

They do this through building effective and innovative teams, leading people, and ensuring that Metro is a fabulous place to work for everyone.

Renowned for its natural beauty and vibrant communities, the Central Puget Sound region is growing faster than any place in the United States–and demand for transit is at an all-time high. Metro Transit is the largest public transportation agency in the region, and will play an increasingly important role in reducing congestion, protecting our environment, building strong communities, and getting more people where they need to go.

Competitive Benefits
King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on most transit systems throughout the Puget Sound region).  We offer a benefits package that includes competitive medical, dental and vision benefits for the whole family and/or state-registered domestic partner, competitive vacation, sick, holiday and executive leave plans, and participation in the State’s Public Employees Retirement Plan (PERS) are provided, as well as the option of participating in the County’s deferred compensation plan (a 457 plan).

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Ralph Cady, Senior Talent Advisor, 206-477-5998 or ralph.cady@kingcounty.gov.

At King County Metro Transit we believe:

Our diverse culture encompasses unique perspectives, knowledge, skills and abilities, and the rich dimensions of their unique identity that each member of the Metro community brings to work every day. These perspectives and human dimensions are built through life experiences and membership in socially defined groups (including, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, and religious beliefs).

The diverse experiences and perspectives of our employees help us serve King County residents in an equitable, and culturally responsive way.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we and values diverse perspectives, life experiences, and differences. We encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, people of all ages, and veterans.   We are committed to being equitable and fair in providing equal access to opportunities for all.