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Purchasing Assistant

  2022-05-17     Santa Cruz METRO     110 Vernon Ave. Santa Cruz, CA     28.34 - 36.17 hour  

At Santa Cruz METRO, we care about moving people. We strive to attract, develop and retain a talented and diverse workforce. Many of our employees have worked for us for more than 20 years and come from diverse, cultural and professional backgrounds. METRO promotes high performance, diversity and equal employment opportunities.

At METRO, you will enjoy a competitive salary, CALPERS pension, a robust health/dental/vision benefit program, public service loan forgiveness program, 457 plans, career development, free bus passes, and longevity pay.

Santa Cruz METRO is hiring for a Purchasing Assistant.

Under general supervision, a Purchasing Assistant performs advanced clerical and technical duties to support complex departmental administrative or operational activities, with an emphasis on purchasing and contract administration; researches, gathers, organizes, and prepares purchasing related documents; reviews documents and data for compliance with program requirements; maintains complex files, records, correspondence and other documents; prepares detailed reports regarding budgetary and funding allocations and expenditures; and performs related work as required.

Duties include, but not limited to: Modifies established templates and formats to prepare a variety of purchasing-related documents and correspondence including requests for bids/proposals, contracts, renewals, requisitions, purchase orders, proposals, agreements, and correspondence; creates and maintains potential bidder lists; drafts and publishes IFB/RFP documents and sends to requestors; attends and takes minutes/notes at various bid-related conferences and related meetings; supports the vendor selection and contract preparation process; develops bid-related evaluation packets and forms; verifies the submission of required documents and vendor references/qualifications; coordinates with departmental, legal and other parties to ensure technical contract correctness.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two (2) years course work from an accredited college in public administration, business administration, or a related field.
  • Three (3) years of responsible clerical or program administration experience, which required the operation of office equipment maintaining/retaining complex records and files.
  • Experience must have included at least two (2) years administering purchasing related processes.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a current, valid California Class "C" Driver's License.

Employment Standards

Knowledge of:

  • Basic principles and practices of public agency purchasing; Basic State and Federal laws and regulations applicable to public sector purchasing; Basic purchasing terminology and methods; general types and sources of equipment, materials, and supplies used by a transportation authority; The creation and use of computerized spreadsheets, databases, and software to track information and automate calculations; Business correspondence, formatting and report writing; Manual and automated record-keeping and filing systems; Intermediate mathematics, including ratios, percentages, and intermediate statistics.

Other Conditions of Employment

  • Must pass a requisite background check.
  • May occasionally work extended hours or hours outside of the regular schedule.
  • All new Santa Cruz METRO employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment

Salary: $28.34 - $36.17 per hour. Salaries are on a six-step salary range schedule with 5% increases yearly.

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Apply before May 20, 2022

Questions? Call 831-420-2542/43

Do not contact this company in solicitation of any product or service.

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