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Professional/Administrative Job Specification 

Job Title: Buyer
Class Code: 000336  

Job Summary

Procure requested supplies, equipment, materials, or services for a large, related group of commodities in accordance with University policies and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

Process purchase requisitions for the assigned group of commodities.

Evaluate purchase requisitions for appropriateness of purchase, content, and clarity of specifications.

May determine potential vendors to be solicited for bids and/or approve selected vendor.

Evaluate vendor performance.

Determine the adequacy of terms and conditions of purchase transactions.

Advise departments on product quality and price.

Locate and evaluate new products and supply sources.

Instruct and advise support staff on methods and procedures.

Consult with salesmen representing suppliers related to the assigned commodity group or service.

May design, implement and update database to meet billing needs of the departments.

Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Training and Skills

Bachelor's degree in Business or related field.


Six months of experience in Buying. An equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience may be substituted for the requirements noted.

The intent of this document is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented.

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