University of Utah Buyer in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 07/13/2017

Requisition Number PRN14790B

Job Title Buyer

Working Title Buyer

Job Grade D

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Care Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday-Friday 8:00am-6:00pm depending on departmental needs.

VP Area President

Department 00366 - Purchasing - Campus

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 31600 to 51700 DOE

Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime.

Open Until Filled

NOTE: May close at anytime. Yes

Job Summary

Procures equipment, supplies and services for assigned area and in accordance with University guidelines as well as state and federal procurement laws. Reviews requisitions and bid specifications and negotiates purchase agreements or supply contracts. Determines supplier sources, product needs and availability.


1. Reviews and analyzes purchase requisitions, contracts and ensures they are in accordance with relevant laws, policies and requirements.

2. Coordinates with internal and external customers to identify needs and refine specifications.

3. Determines method to process requisitions based on cost, time constraints, existing open contracts and/or competitive bidding.

4. Identifies and selects suppliers, conducts procurement processes, negotiates prices, terms and delivery methods for assigned area of procurement.

5. Meets with sales representatives to develop new vendor sources, updates records and secures demos for departments.

6. Works with suppliers and internal customers to ensure service or equipment needs are met.

7. May independently develop and write Request for Proposals (RFP), Requests for Quotes (RFQ) and formal bids.

8. May perform related financial functions.

9. May be responsible for preparing, overseeing and providing documents for audit purposes.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, related field or equivalency required. Knowledge of purchasing and contracting policies, laws and regulations as well as demonstrated human relations and effective communications skills also required.

May require 1-2 years’ experience in a purchasing related area.

Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) or Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) certification may also be preferred in some areas.

Procurement experience for a public entity or in a hospital setting may also be preferred in some areas.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Experience procuring various equipment and supplies related to a teaching environment.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.