University of Utah Job Description
Procures equipment, supplies and services for assigned area and in accordance with University guidelines as well as state and federal procurement laws. Reviews requisitions and bid specifications and negotiates purchase agreements or supply contracts. Determines supplier sources, product needs and availability.
Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, related field or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience) required. Knowledge of purchasing and contracting policies, laws and regulations as well as demonstrated human relations and effective communications skills also required.
May require 1-2 years' experience in a purchasing related area.
Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) or Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) certification may also be preferred in some areas.
Procurement experience for a public entity or in a hospital setting may also be preferred in some areas.
Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.
This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.
Challenges faced by the incumbent include coordinating with requesting departments, receiving personnel, vendors and accounts payable personnel to resolve problems with prices, product availability, product quality and delivery. The incumbent ensures that requesting departments adhere to procurement policy and procedure. The incumbent researches the status of ordered items and expedites urgent requests. Complex problems or unique situations that arise are coordinated with the department associate director or senior buyer.
Guidelines have been established for two Buyer levels. Please contact Human Resources for appropriate details regarding the levels.
The Buyer is distinguished from the Sr. Buyer in that the Buyer position will have set perimeters of authority. Assigned areas are less complex and narrower in scope. Negotiations and RFP's may be performed with some supervision and the scope of the purchases and projects will be smaller than those assigned to the Sr. Buyer.
Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required
Nearly Continuously: Office environment.
Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required
Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.
Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.
Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.
250 East 200 South, Suite 125,
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Phone: 801.581.2169 Email: AskHR@utah.edu
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