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