Buyer King County Seattle

Title Buyer
Date 31 August 2020
Company King County
City Seattle

Short Description :

And deliver creative ideas and suggestions to the workplace and have a keen ability to establish and maintain effective relationship with their customers and coworkers, as well as pursue measures to meet the countys Equity and Social Justice initiative Propose alternative ,…

Full Description :


The central Procurement and Payables Section (P&P) of the Finance and Business Operations Division (FBOD) is looking for a driven and highly analytical Buyer. Our Goods and Services staff is responsible for procuring supplies, materials, equipment and services in order to support operational needs throughout . This recruitment will fill up to two Career Service positions.
A strong candidate will have passion and drive to secure these goods and services by efficient and cost effective methods in accordance with procurement laws, regulations, policies and procedures, all in support of 's mission and objectives.
P&P is seeking candidates who are willing to develop and deliver creative ideas and suggestions to the workplace and have a keen ability to establish and maintain effective relationship with their customers and co-workers, as well as pursue measures to meet the county's Equity and Social Justice initiative. If you're inspired by a new challenge, the thought of contributing to a business in a significant way, and working with other team members to do it, this is the position for you!
FBOD's mission is to provide timely, efficient and accurate accounting, procurement, treasury, payroll, benefits and small business services. We are actively seeking employees whose behavior is in alignment with our division's core values of: Respect, Teamwork, Results and Innovation.
Scope of Job Duties: To be considered for these opportunities, you must at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability to:

  • Participate and oversee competitive bidding and contract awards and ensure timely submittal of documentation. Provide advice on solicitation and contracting to project representatives, conduct cost/price analysis and participate in negotiations;
  • Interact closely with agency staff throughout , and work with vendors and contractors to ensure that county business is conducted openly, inclusively, and provides the best value;
  • Draft specifications, scopes of work, amendments and change orders that comply with procurement and contracting rules
  • Propose alternative contracting methods and develop appropriate solicitation and contract documents and develop new procurement and contracting methods;
  • Establish and administer contracts for individual agency and full county use. Resolve contract and procurement issues and assist in leading business process improvement projects.

We are looking for candidates who:
  • Have experience performing solicitations such as ITBs (Invitation to Bid) RFP (Request for Proposals) and/or RFQ (Request for Qualifications) for establishing contracts;
  • Are able to conduct research and analysis on a variety of commodities;
  • Are collaborative and excited about participating on a diverse team in a culture of continuous business process improvement, including monitoring of daily work, and helping to resolve difficult and unusual situations under tight deadlines;
  • Have excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Can reduce cycle times while maintaining a high level of customer service and compliance with the rules and regulations to be adhered to by ;
  • Provide excellent customer service by establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Manage a dynamic workload in a sometimes pressured environment, while maintaining effectiveness and composure;
  • Experience facilitating proposal evaluations;
  • Have working knowledge of the Microsoft suite (Word, Outlook and Excel).

We would love it if you had:
  • Experience conducting procurements for a governmental agency;
  • Experience with SharePoint and other collaborative tools;
  • Knowledge of and experience with electronic procurement platforms, specifically Oracle Cloud.

Additional Information:
  • This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is therefore overtime-eligible.
  • Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a 40-hour workweek; normally 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • This position is represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 117- Professional and Technical Employees.
  • During the mandatory telecommute order through January 8, 2021, work will be done remotely.

Are you ready to apply?
The recruitment for this position is open to all qualified candidates. This recruitment will fill up to two Career Service positions.
A completed Application (paper or electronic) and answers to the supplemental questions (if applicable) are required. We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter and resume. Please apply online at
If you have any questions or concerns while applying, please contact:
Jen Montoya, HR Analyst
Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named as one of Washington State's best employers.
Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.
Guided by our "True North", we are making a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles-we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
To Apply
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