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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 1552 - Buyer I

Job Description

 FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt
GRADE: 111

Under general supervision, performs entry level duties related to the purchase of materials, services, supplies, and equipment for DuPage County; performs related work as required.

Employees in this class perform routine technical purchasing activities, including the drafting of commodity specifications. Work involves assisting and participating in the purchasing process within the Finance Department. General supervision is received from a Procurement Services Supervisor.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Assists departments to determine appropriate procurement method and incorporate substantive procurement needs into Request For Proposal’s, Request For Quotations or Invitation For Bids for issuance
• Coordinates and maintains records from all county procurements
• Handles purchasing requests and the issuance of purchase orders to vendors
• Obtains pricing for purchases in accordance with the policy, assuring procurement documents and contracts are consistent with policies and regulations
• Coordinates procurement activities with County departments to determine requirements to purchase requested commodities and services
• Summarizes proposals submitted by suppliers, assists in the identification of sources of supply
• Assembles information pertaining to the preparation of proposals and specifications, consults with departments as needed regarding purchase orders, requisitions, confirming orders, etc.
• Identify vendors to whom price requests will be sent
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Business methods, markets and purchasing practices and trends
• Bidding and negotiating practices
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Negotiating and evaluating bids
• Handling multiple priorities
• Utilizing Microsoft Office
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of an Associate’s degree in Business or related field; three years of experience in purchasing supplies, equipment and services or four years of experience in an entry level purchasing position other than clerical; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

This position requires a valid Illinois driver's license.