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Buyer, Associate (UPDATED)

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Buyer, Associate (UPDATED)
Department Procurement & Contracting Svcs (7801)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Please note: the close date has been updated from 3/7/2018 to 3/13/2018

This position purchases materials, equipment, supplies and services in accordance with prescribed purchasing regulations and procedures. Also interprets purchasing procedures to departments and vendors, acting as a liaison between user departments and vendors.

The University of Arizona is located in the heart of Tucson — Home of the Wildcats! The Financial Services Office (FSO), a division of Business Affairs, plays a vital role in the daily University operations by providing quality financial and business services in support of the University’s faculty, staff and students. FSO is a diverse organization of over 200 employees who prosper in a team-oriented environment that emphasizes the values of integrity, inclusion, collaboration, innovation, professionalism and responsiveness Come be a part of a team that is full of fun, dynamic, and highly motivated employees!

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Examines departmental purchase requisitions for completeness and accuracy of provided information necessary for the buying procedure.
  • Secures bids on requisitions or processes them for purchase; prepares bid invitations and recommends approval of bids most advantageous to the university.
  • Confers with departments with respect to questionable items on the requisition and interprets purchasing procedures to departments and/or obtain missing documentation.
  • Seeks new sources of supplies for materials and equipment and secures terms favorable to the university.
  • Maintains records of supplies, amounts ordered and received, and actual sales records on items and vendors.
  • Develops and refines specifications for requested commodities, supplies or equipment working with requesting department to identify needs.
  • Processes orders under $10,000.
  • Processes amendments to existing Purchase Orders.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Knowledge of purchasing practices and procedures.
  • Skill in preparing specifications, analyzing bids and small contracts.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.
Minimum Qualifications

Please see Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications’ below.

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Associate’s degree in related field AND one year of purchasing, expediting or directly related experience; OR, three years of purchasing, expediting or directly related experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of UAccess Financials
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40 hours
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
FLSA Non-Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay $17.24 Per Hour
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S24684
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 04/09/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Celeste Kanzig, Buyer, Sr., Procurement & Contracting Services

Open Date 03/02/2018
Review Start Date 03/07/2018
Close Date 03/13/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
Quick Link for Internal Postings
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have an Associate's degree in a related field AND one year of purchasing, expediting or directly related experience; OR, three years of purchasing, expediting or directly related experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents