The Spokane County Purchasing Department currently has two (2) job openings for the Buyer 3 position. The posting information on this NCMA website is limited and for a more complete and thorough posting visit the Spokane County website at the link provided below.
Once at this website, select the Buyer 3 job posting. Applicants are to complete all of the following in the NEOGOV system via the above-referenced URL link: (1) The Application form; and (2) The Supplemental Questionnaire; and (3) Attach a cover letter, resume, and lists of references, as well as, completed course work and/or training.
The following is an abbreviated description and the more complete description posted on the Spokane County website shall apply:
Examples of Duties:
In addition to performing the duties of Buyer 2, has limited responsibility for assigning and directing the work of other buyers and department employees.
Researches technical aspects of goods, services and construction; consults with industry and regulatory specialists to secure information regarding procurements for products and services, improvements and cost-cutting alternatives.
Assists departments in preparing highly technical specifications. Generates and administers complex competitive solicitation documents (i.e., Invitations to Bid, Requests for Proposals and Requests for Qualifications) and contracts.
Handles the bidding of building construction, building remodeling, architectural services, engineering services and other professional services.
Presents training materials to departments as approved by the Purchasing Director. Assists in training buyers and support staff with regard to procurement support.
Attends product showings and arranges for demonstrations.
Investigates new products and systems. Conducts cost-of-work analyses to evaluate potential savings through change of systems and equipment.
Conducts studies of inventory levels and product use. Approves new inventory levels.
Resolves problems of standardization of stock items.
Processes, according to established policy and practices, requests from departments for the appropriate disposal of excess, surplus, obsolete and worn-out County supplies and equipment. Coordinates with departments, and as necessary with auctioneers and the public, in the proper disposition of County personal property.
Researches and recommends solutions and approaches to procurement and contracting problems.
Attends, facilitates and otherwise conducts pre-bid conferences, public bid openings, vendor/contractor/supplier interviews and facilitates review and evaluation meetings with customer departments of submittals received for the ranking, and selection of firms on assigned procurement projects.
Negotiates with vendors in striving to establish agreements favorable to the County.
Serves as back-up to other Buyers, as needed.
Performs other related duties as required.
the principles, practices and laws of public purchasing; contract law.
purchase specification writing, sources of product-quality rating and analyses.
inventory control and record systems.
principles of public procurement, negotiation, contracting law, process improvement, lean government, bookkeeping, budgeting and cost analysis.
quality standards for fuels, paving materials, structural steel, basic wood products, food, tires and drugs.
major wholesale suppliers and other products and services used by the County.
train and coordinate the work of other purchasing staff.
conduct procurement training for other County departments.
conduct cost analyses.
write concise business correspondence.
keep current and accurate records.
maintain effective working relationships with vendors and staff of departments served.
research and identify the necessary requirements for the full array of goods and services purchased by the County.
communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
work with people of diverse backgrounds and from various levels in the organization.
understand technical data.
problem solve in an effective manner.
the operation of personal computers and peripherals for the creation of competitive solicitation documents, correspondence and communications utilizing Microsoft Word.
the use of e-mail and the internet for communications and research.
the use of Microsoft Excel and Access for data analysis, tabulations, data base utilization and report creation.
the use of electronic telephone equipment, moderately complex copy machine, facsimile equipment and typewriter.
the use of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) computer systems, databases.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's Degree involving major studies in business or public administration, purchasing or accounting and three (3) years' experience in public or private purchasing or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Prefer CPPB (Certified Professional Public Buyer) through the Universal Pubic Procurement Council (UPPCC), Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) through the Institute of Supply Management (ISM), Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) through the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), or other similar or greater level of procurement or contracting related certification.
LICENSE: Valid driver's license as needed for job.
BACKGROUND CHECK: Must successfully pass a criminal background check.
Additional Salary Information: The salary is for a 37.5-hour (full-time) work week.
TOTAL COMPENSATION: $50,236.10 - $67,786.44 annually. Total compensation is an estimate based upon base compensation, median retirement fund contributions, and current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates (including medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability, and leave). The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices.
Spokane is situated in eastern Washington, between the Cascade and Bitterroot Mountains, where the climate is much drier than the rain-drenched Washington coast. It is 18 miles from the Idaho border, 110 miles south of the Canadian border and less than 300 miles east of Seattle. The largest metropolitan area between Seattle and Minneapolis, its 400,000 metro residents are enough to make it a livel...y place, but not enough to overcrowd. The Spokane County Campus is located in the City of Spokane along the eastern boarder of Washington State. According to the 2011 Census, the County of Spokane is home to approximately 480,000 people, of which approximately 208,000 live within the city limits of the City of Spokane. Approximately 10 to 30 miles just across the state line to the east are the North Idaho cites of Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Hayden and Rathdrum in Kootenai County, Idaho. According to the 2011 Census Kootenai County claims to have approximately 141,000 people. The alpine lake of Coeur d’Alene is renowned as being one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the world. The Spokane region serves as the business and cultural hub of the Inland Northwest. Together, approximately 1.4 million people live in the surrounding area that comprises Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Spokane County comprises an area of approximately 1,763.79 square miles and offers quality of living for those who love the great outdoors with many area lakes for camping, fishing, back-pacing, boating, golf and much, much, more. For more information go to: www.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spokane,_Washington
Eight-tenths of the elevation of Spokane County is between elevations 1,900 and 2,700 feet. The topography consists of mountainous areas in the northeastern part, strongly rolling to hilly areas in most of the northern section of the county, rolling prairie in part of the southeastern section of the county and in part of the Southwestern section, undulating plains underlain by basalt in the central and southern parts of the county, and broad alluvial belts in the river valleys.
The region encompasses a natural wonderland of forests, lakes and mountains, with four distinct seasons and more than 260 days of sunshine, so no matter what you do, you've got a great backdrop for making it happen. On average, the warmest months are July-August with an average high of 85° F and average lows of 49° F; whereas the coolest months are December-January with an average high of 37° F and average lows of 24° F.
From its beautiful and plentiful county, state, and municipal parks to its numerous golf courses, community events, and recreational activities, Spokane County is the perfect place to have fun, relax and learn something new. The Spokane County Parks Department offers many parks, golf courses, and cultural opportunities to enhance the quality of life for all Spokane County residents. Spokane County and the surrounding region offer many great fishing and hunting venues for those sport enthusiasts. Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife has information on obtaining a state fishing and hunting licenses.
One of the county's greatest assets is a strong sense of community. Spokane County is fortunate to have many agencies and organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life in and around the Spokane community.
The following is a list of hyperlinks for quick an easy access to more information about Spokane:
Spokane County Government: http://www.spokanecounty.org/
Community information: http://www.communityindicators.ewu.edu/
Spokane Chamber of Commerce: http://www.spokanechamber.org/spokanechamber/sub.aspx?id=17
Spokane Information: http://www.tourtheinlandnw.com/EasternWACities/Spokane.html
Spokane Convention Bureau: http://www.visitspokane.com/visitorpages/index.php
Local Weather: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/otx/
Local Climate Data: http://www.weather.gov/climate/local_data.php?wfo=otx