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City of Tacoma WA Buyer, Senior in Tacoma, Washington

Position Description

The City of Tacoma's Finance Department is recruiting for the position of Senior Buyer. A Senior Buyer performs professional-level purchasing functions for the City of Tacoma. Senior Buyers ensure the timely and cost effective procurement of materials, supplies, equipment and services (public works, professional and personal) for the City of Tacoma within the requirements of applicable state law, City of Tacoma ordinances and department guidelines. Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as expert consultant to assigned departments
  • Recommending effective procurement methods
  • Performing market analysis
  • Conducting competitive solicitation processes
  • Composing and issuing specifications
  • Tabulating and facilitating the evaluation of competitive solicitation submittals to determine recommended awardee
  • Participating in contract negotiations and facilitate resolution of problems as needed The ideal candidate:The City of Tacoma is seeking self-driven candidates who can demonstrate knowledge of: procurement concepts; public contract acquisition laws and regulations; Uniform Commercial Code; public works construction, procedures and specifications; business systems, contracting, and insurance and bonding requirements. The successful candidate will bring a collaborative and team oriented approach to managing people and processes working in cross-departmental teams.

We are excited to share that the City of Tacoma is also currently recruiting for the position of Buyer. To learn more about the job duties and qualifications, click *_here __to see the job announcement for the Buyer position and apply for both opportunities!_*__

Why Work for the City of TacomaWorking for the City is an enriching opportunity to work with people who are passionate about making a real, tangible difference. You’ll be surrounded by innovative leaders working on a variety of issues during this formative time in Tacoma’s development. By working with us, you can play a part in shaping the future of Tacoma.

Benefits The City of Tacoma has a very generous benefit package including:

  • Great retirement plan
  • Paid holidays
  • Personal time off
  • Outstanding working conditions and a supportive work environment
  • Medical, dental and life insurance coverage for eligible employees
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program
  • Additional life insurance available through payroll deduction
  • Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code For more information on the City of Tacoma's benefit package feel free to explore City of Tacoma Benefits.

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree in business administration or a related field
  • Three years of increasingly responsible experience (public sector preferred) in the procurement of goods and services to include the negotiation and oversight of procurement contracts

NOTE: Additional years of experience may be substituted for up to two years of college.


  • Valid Washington State driver's license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.
  • Professional certification is highly desirable but not required. Knowledge & Skills


  • Applicable local, state and federal laws regarding public procurement.
  • Procurement best practices, negotiations and techniques as related to municipal purchasing.
  • Advanced cost and price analysis.
  • Contract development for a diverse range of materials, equipment, supplies and services.
  • Sustainability Initiatives
  • Small Business Enterprise Program
  • Vendor sourcing, market conditions and price trends.
  • Leadership, business partnering and teamwork
  • Purchasing software programs and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.


  • Advanced negotiations.
  • Advanced cost and price analysis.
  • Advanced communication skills including public speaking and written presentations.
  • Customer focused interpersonal communication.
  • Advanced public contracting.
  • Intermediate-level Microsoft Windows programs – Word, Excel, and Power Point.
  • College-level business math.
  • Problem-solving and conflict resolution. Selection Process & Supplemental Information

*To be considered for this career opportunity: * Interested individuals should* apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter *describing your experience, training, and expertise as it relates to the responsibilities of this position. Please answer all supplemental questions fully. Applications received without all the requested materials may not progress in the selection process.

We are excited to share that the City of Tacoma is also currently recruiting for the position of Buyer. To learn more about the job duties and qualifications, click *_here __to see the job announcement for the Buyer position and apply for both opportunities!_*__

Examination Process: Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for this position will have their responses to supplemental questions *# 6-15 *reviewed and scored by a committee of subject matter experts, as the *Experience and Training Test.* It is the responsibility of the applicants to adequately describe all pertinent experience and training. Please make sure you read the questions and provide complete informative answers, including your roles in the position and key activities. Applicants must attain a passing score in order to be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration.

Candidates who are eligible for Veteran's Preference scoring criteria **must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application****, to be eligible for review for Veteran's percentage points.**

Appointment is subject to passing a background check. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local 120. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Communication from the City of Tacoma: We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, questions regarding this job announcement, or if you are experiencing complications while applying, please contact the Human Resources office at (253) 591.5400* by 4:00 pm* of the closing date of the job announcement. This will allow us to assist you before the job announcement closes.

Salary: $36.41 - $41.87 Hourly

Location: Tacoma, WA

Job Type: Classified

Department: Finance

Job Number: 0307-20

Closing: 12/9/2020 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Tacoma

Address: Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764

Phone: 253-591-5400