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Job Specification


BUYER
                        (ALL JURISDICTIONS)

 

DEFINITION


 Under supervision, selects, prepares orders for, and arranges for
 purchase of one or more types of equipment, materials, and supplies
 used by various departments or agencies; does other related duties as
 required.

 NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
 purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform
 all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties
 performed on the job may not be listed.


EXAMPLES OF WORK:


 Is responsible for purchase of equipment, materials, and/or supplies
 used by various departments which are continual in nature, have
 seasonal variations, and vary in item content.

 Reviews purchasing requisitions, checks descriptions and
 specifications for adequacy and accuracy, and consults with concerned
 parties to adjust discrepancies.

 Prepares proposals to be sent to a selected list of vendors and
 ensures vendors' qualifications are properly investigated.

 Ascertains prices of commodities and ability of vendors to deliver
 specified items.

 Prepares bid documents designed for annual contractual purchasing.

 Analyzes proposals received from vendors and awards purchase orders in
 accord with rules and regulations of the jurisdiction or agency.

 Studies trade journals, catalogs, directives, and other technical
 material to determine market and price conditions.

 Receives, tabulates, and records detailed applications for one or more
 types of equipment, materials, and/or supplies used by various
 departments.

 May assist in the preparation of statistical, cost, and other reports.

 Prepares correspondence concerned with purchase matters.

 Maintains records and files.

 Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
 and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency,
 office, or related units.

 REQUIREMENTS:

      EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited college or university
 with a Bachelor's degree.

      NOTE: Applicants who do not meet the above educational
 requirement may substitute additional experience as indicated below on
 a year-for-year basis with thirty (30) semester hour credits being
 equal to one (1) year of experience.

      EXPERIENCE: Two (2) years of experience in the large scale
 purchase of commodities, materials, equipment, and/or supplies.
 LICENSE:

      Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid
 in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee
 mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of the position.

 KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

 Knowledge of methods and procedures involved in the purchase of
 equipment, materials, and/or supplies.

 Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, standards, and procedures
 relating to a government purchasing department after a period of
 training.

 Knowledge of and familiarity with problems encountered in field and
 office purchasing work for a government agency.

 Knowledge of recordkeeping procedures.

 Ability to organize assigned work and develop effective work methods.

 Ability to comprehend and analyze individual supply problems and
 particular needs of various departments.

 Ability to work harmoniously with associates, superior officers,
 vendors, and salespersons and with others interested in or concerned
 with purchase matters.

 Ability to perform such duties as may be required to develop
 procedures for receiving, tabulating, and recording requisitions in
 one or more areas received from different departments and the
 preparation of proposals to be sent to vendors and the checking of
 bids.

 Ability to deal effectively with salespersons and vendors.

 Ability to expedite the delivery of purchases.

 Ability to prepare reports.

 Ability to maintain records and files.

 Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording
 and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.

 Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English
 sufficiently to perform duties of this position. American Sign
 Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of
 communication.

 Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as
 they can perform essential functions of the job after reasonable
 accommodation is made to their known limitations. If the accommodation
 cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship,
 such persons may not be eligible.

 This job specification is applicable to the following title code(s) which
are different work week or work month of the job class title:
Job
Spec
Code
VariantState,
Local or
Common
Class of
Service
Work
Week
State
Class
Code
Local
Class
Code
Salary
Range
Note
52663SC3522N/AP21-
52667SC4022N/AP23-

This job specification is for state government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.

CAH   01/08/1998