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Buyers Assistant

Salary: $14.95-$18.25 hourly / $2,601-$3,175 monthly / Range: 4756

DEFINITION: Under the direction of the Purchasing Manager, or designee, to assist Buyers in the routine purchase of supplies, equipment and services by using established procedures and to perform related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single-position class utilized in the Purchasing Department and is primarily oriented to assisting Buyers in procuring materials, supplies, and services as needed for County operations. The Buyer's Assistant is expected to gain experience and be capable of progressing to the level of Buyer I.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Assists Buyers in the research and preparation of specifications and requests for quotations of prices; examines reference books and catalogs to find products which meet departmental specifications; confers with County departmental personnel and vendors regarding requisitioned products or services; purchases routine supplies; relieves buyers as directed; reviews standing purchase orders for types and quantity usage; maintains records and prepares documents and reports such as departmental fuel usage; explains purchasing procedures to County personnel; registers all County vehicles with the Department of Motor Vehicles and coordinates applications for duplicate license plates, current-year tabs and plates for undercover vehicles; types standard letters, memos, and data on purchasing forms; may act in lead capacity over clerical employees as directed.


1. One year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Accounting Assistant, Senior or Office Assistant, Senior with Santa Barbara County, or a related class; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: office practices and equipment; general English usage employed in a business setting; basic arithmetic.

Ability to: understand and follow purchasing procedures and practices; communicate effectively both orally and in writing with vendors and departmental personnel; perform arithmetic calculations using a calculator; prepare and maintain accurate financial and statistical records; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; type accurately.

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