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Buyer III

WHO WE'RE LOOKING FOR

This position is responsible for the purchase of supplies, equipment, services, and construction through formal and informal solicitation methods in accordance with public purchasing policy and procedures. Purchases are high-volume, low to high-dollar and low to high risk. This position is also responsible for utilizing state and federal cooperative contracts and assisting in the management of the Authority’s Purchase Card (P-Card) program. Must be able to work independently and be a valued member of the team.

WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING

  • Function as point of contact for all departments by answering questions and requests including researching and providing solutions to various concerns.
  • Train Project Managers and Requestors to ensure compliance with various policies and procedures.
  • Performs advisory and technical support services to assigned department customers, current and prospective contractors, and members of the public on variety of procurement activities including delivery orders; purchase orders; informal source selection processes; all formal source selection processes; construction and construction-related professional services; master agreements; order monitoring; participating under and leading cooperative contracts; parts and inventory management; and category management.
  • Evaluate department needs and provide guidance to efficiently meet those needs.
  • Receive, examine, and process requisitions for routine and priority goods, services, and construction.
  • Develop informal solicitations (Micro and RFQ) and formal solicitations (IFB, RFP, and SOQ) in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations.
  • Utilize existing cooperative contracts as the Department of Information Resources (DIR), TXMAS, BuyBoard, H-GAC and GSA to purchase goods, services, and construction.
  • Write contractual terms and conditions for supply, services and construction contracts that are fixed price, variable quantity and cost reimbursable in nature.
  • Analyze bids, conduct responsibility surveys for responsiveness determinations.
  • Provide guidance by training, mentoring and leading other buyers.
  • Assist requisitioners and buyers with purchase descriptions and justification memos.
  • Prepare informal Request for Quotes (RFQ) to solicit competitive quotes. 
  • Performs other duties as required and/or assigned.

WHAT YOU BRING

  • Bachelor’s degree in purchasing, business, or related field. Related experience will be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to four (4) years.
  • CPM, CPPO or similar certification preferred or ability to obtain within 1 year.
  • Six (6) years’ experience in the procurement field including three (3) years using formal and informal methods and contract administration, two (2) of which must be in a public setting. 
  • Using personal computer software for word-processing and creating spreadsheets and presentations. 

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