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Buyer
Agency: Arkansas Agriculture Department
Office:
Section: Forestry Division
Date Posted: 11/15/2019
Posting Expires: None
Summary
The Buyer is responsible for processing the procurement of supplies, materials, and equipment. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.
Typical Functions
Reviews purchase requests to determine need for term contracts, develops new contracts and/or prepares history sheet and product specifications, determines appropriate list of bidders for product, and notifies potential bidders. Analyzes and monitors sales records, trends, and economic conditions to anticipate consumer buying patterns, and determines inventory needed. Receives and evaluates bids to determine lowest bid and delivery requirements within cost limits, and awards bid. Authorizes payment of invoices or return of merchandise. Interviews and works closely with vendors to obtain and develop desired products. Negotiate prices, discount terms, and transportation arrangements for merchandise. Prepares specifications for Request for Quotation, Request for Proposal, and Request for Qualifications. Examines, selects, orders, and purchases merchandise at most favorable price consistent with quality, quantity, specification requirements, and other factors. Performs other duties as assigned.
Special Job Dimensions
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Knowledge of purchasing principles, procedures, and methods. Knowledge of state and university purchasing laws and regulations. Knowledge of market conditions and resources in an assigned field. Ability to research and draft clear, concise, and competitive purchasing specifications and evaluate product acceptability and/or quality. Ability to perform basic mathematical computations. Ability to maintain accurate and systematic procurement records. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with purchasing agents/officials, vendors, and manufacturers. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
Minimum Education and/or Experience
The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus five years of experience in a purchasing or merchandising environment or a related field. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.
Preferred Qualifications
Must obtain a Commercial Drivers License (Within 60 days of hire date. Knowledge of federal program guidelines. Experience driving, maneuvering, and loading transport vehicles. Experience driving, maneuvering, loading and securing flatbed trailers. Drive long distances to screen, acquire, load, and transport equipment. Knowledge of Rural Fire Protection program. Frequent overnight stay. Minimum 3 years OTR experience. Bending, stooping, and climbing ability to lift 50 pounds. Strong communication skills oral and written. Professional demeanor and attention to detail are imperative. Working computer knowledge. Mechanical inclination for troubleshooting and vehicle maintenance.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Agency Specific Information
Job Details
Position No.: 22088801
Class Code: V014C
Grade: GS05
Salary Range: $32,405.00 - $46,987.00 per year
Background
check required?
Yes
Job Type: Full Time
Location Information
Job City: Greenbrier
Job County/Region: Faulkner
Contact Information
Contact name: Olivia Strandridge
Phone: 501/679-3186
Email: theresa.grimmett@agriculture.arkansas.gov
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