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City of Tacoma WA Buyer in Tacoma, Washington

Position Description

The City of Tacoma's Finance Department is recruiting for the position of Buyer. Buyers perform routine purchasing functions for the City of Tacoma. Responsibilities include the timely and cost effective procurement and contracting of materials, supplies, equipment and services for the City of Tacoma within the requirements of applicable state law, City of Tacoma ordinances and department guidelines.

The ideal candidate demonstrates the following qualities:

  • Customer Focus
  • Teamwork / Collaboration Abilities
  • Communication Skills
  • Problem Solving Capabilities
  • Adaptability and a capacity to Learn
  • Strategic and Innovative Mindset
  • Positive Attitude
  • Professional Integrity

We are excited to share that the City of Tacoma is also currently recruiting for the position of Senior Buyer. To learn more about the job duties and qualifications, click*_here__to see the job announcement for the Senior 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
  • 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

An equivalent combination to: An Associate's degree with an emphasis in business, finance, accounting or related field

AND* *

One year of relevant purchasing experience.

LICENSES, CERTIFICATES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS Valid Washington State driver's license at the time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

Knowledge & Skills


  • Applicable local, state and federal laws regarding public procurement
  • Procurement best practices, negotiations and techniques as related to municipal purchasing
  • Cost and price analysis
  • Vendor sourcing, market conditions and price trends
  • Customer focused interpersonal communication
  • Solid written and verbal communications skills
  • Accounting concepts
  • Electronic record-keeping and storage
  • Purchasing software programs and enterprise resource planning (ERP)


  • Numerical data and product specification evaluation
  • College-level math
  • Conflict resolution
  • Effectively plan and organize work
  • Effective oral and written communications
  • Intermediate-level skills using Microsoft Windows programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others Selection Process & Supplemental Information

*To be considered for this career opportunity: * Interested individuals should *apply online and attach a resume and cover letter *that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to 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 Senior Buyer. To learn more about the job duties and qualifications, click*_here__to see the job announcement for the Senior Buyer position and apply for both opportunities!_*__

Examination Process: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications 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.

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: $29.96 - $36.41 Hourly

Location: Tacoma, WA

Job Type: Classified

Department: Finance

Job Number: 0304-20

Division: Finance

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