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Buyer

Salary: Buyer I (#1389)

$17.19-$20.99 hourly / $2,990-$3,651 monthly / Range: 5036

Buyer II (#1390)

$20.37-$24.87 hourly / $3,543-$4,325 monthly / Range: 5376

DEFINITION: Under direction of the Purchasing Manager, solicits bids and negotiates for the purchase of supplies, equipment, and services for County departments and other public agencies; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Buyer I is distinguished from Buyer II in that the latter prepares and analyzes more complex and higher profile contracts, and works with relative independence within established guidelines.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

Level I:

1. Analyzes market conditions; keeps abreast of trends; explores sources of supply; studies new products; and researches departments' requests for all products and commodities.
2. Confers with departmental representatives to determine specific needs, arranges for demonstrations, and distributes literature and samples.
3. Processes requisitions; groups purchases to secure price advantages of quantity buying; composes and edits specifications; solicits formal bids in accordance with standard procedures and solicits informal bids by telephone, FAX, or personal contact; and compares and analyzes price quotations.
4. Studies quality of products; determines vendor from whom purchases will be made; places orders; negotiates and renews contracts; investigates complaints and secures adjustments; follows up on deliveries.
5. Maintains data and prepares reports using office automation software.

Level II: All duties listed above and:

6. Processes and analyzes complicated, higher profile contracts, and researches and writes more complex specifications.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

Level I:

1. One year of experience in the field of quantity buying, for a public agency or large private concern, of end items such as services, supplies, and equipment; or,
2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Buyer's Assistant with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Level II:

1. Two years of responsible experience in quantity buying for a public agency or large private concern that purchased end items such as services, supplies, and equipment; or,
2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Buyer I with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required.Level I:

Knowledge of: standard business English; principles and practices of purchasing, including ethics, Internet research, standards, bid preparation and evaluation, competitive bidding procedures, quality control, inventory standards and control; data collection techniques for establishing sources of supply, product, and vendor information; market research techniques; general law of contracts; office procedures and office automation software (word processing, database management).

Ability to: conduct studies, analyze and evaluate data, and make recommendations and decisions; prepare and present written or oral reports; reproduce established bids; learn to prepare and evaluate new bids; learn practices and principles of government contracting; perform arithmetic calculations, such as calculating interest, discounts, and shipping charges; use common units of measure; maintain an effective liaison with vendors, management, staff, and co-workers; use personal computer.

Level II:

Knowledge of: standard business English; principles and practices of purchasing, including ethics, Internet research, standards, bid preparation and evaluation, competitive bidding procedures, quality control, inventory standards and control; data collection techniques for establishing sources of supply, product, and vendor information; market research techniques; general law of contracts; principles and practices of government contracting; office procedures and office automation software (word processing, database management).

Ability to: work with relative independence; conduct studies, analyze and evaluate data, and make recommendations and decisions on complicated or high-profile projects; prepare and present written or oral reports; prepare new bids; perform arithmetic calculations such as calculating interest, discounts, and shipping charges; use common units of measure; negotiate within established parameters; maintain an effective liaison with vendors, management staff, and co-workers; use personal computer.
 



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