Senior Buyer, full-time (one or more positions) Purchasing, District Services

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Senior Buyer, full-time (one or more positions)

Purchasing, District Services


South Orange County Community College District



Initial Screening Date:     03/27/2018


Pay Range: 130; Starting salary at $4,926.00 monthly; Classification salary range from 4,926.00 - $6,305.00 monthly


Classification Benefits:    

The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).


PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for this opening, you must apply through the District website at


Summary Description:

Under direction from the Purchasing Supervisor, performs the more complex duties supporting the purchasing of supplies, materials and services for the District; ensures compliance with all applicable state laws and District policies; serves as lead person in the absence of the Purchasing Supervisor; coordinates assigned activities with other departments, divisions, and outside agencies; and performs a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


This is the advanced journey level class in the Buyer series. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series including purchasing the more complex supplies and materials and serving as a lead worker over lower level buying and purchasing staff in the absence of the Purchasing Supervisor. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility.



Knowledge of:    

• Operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive purchasing program for an educational institution.

• Principles of lead supervision and training.

• Advanced principles, practices, methods and techniques used in purchasing.

• Applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures governing the purchasing process.

• Types of supplies, materials, commodities, and services commonly used in educational institutions.

• Advanced principles and methods of negotiations.

• Principles, practices, and procedures of inventory and quality control.

• Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

• Principles of letter writing and basic report preparation.

• Basic principles and practices of accounting.

• Principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.

• English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.


Ability to:    

• Lead, organize, and review the work of staff.

• Independently perform the most difficult work of the unit related to obtaining commodities and services.

• Interpret, explain, and enforce department policies and procedures.

• Evaluate quality and price of products to judge suitability of goods and alternatives offered.

• Interpret and apply purchasing policies and applicable state laws and regulations.

• Analyze, evaluate and modify purchasing methods and procedures.

• Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

• Maintain accurate records, controls and files.

• Implement and maintain standard filing systems.

• Work independently in the absence of supervision.

• Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Education and Experience Guidelines:    

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.



Equivalent to two years of college level course work in business administration or a related field.



Three years of increasingly responsible purchasing experience preferably within a public agency.


To Apply:

Please visit the District’s Employment Opportunities website at for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application.  


NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.  






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Job No:
Posted: 3/2/2018
Application Due: 5/1/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Classification salary range from 4,926.00 - $6,305.00 monthly