THE POSITION: The Alameda County Water District, located in Fremont, California, is seeking to hire a Buyer I/II to join the Procurement and Contracts team. The Buyer I position, under general supervision, will perform tactical purchasing to obtain goods, materials, equipment and related services utilizing the Request for Quotation (RFQ) and Invitation for Bid (IFB). The Buyer II will perform strategic and complex purchasing activities utilizing Request for Quotations (RFQ), Invitation for Bids (IFB), and Request for Proposals (RFP) to obtain goods, materials, equipment and related services, and professional services in compliance with applicable state and federal public purchasing laws, rules, regulations and established Alameda County Water District policies and standards.
The Buyer I is a professional entry-level class and the Buyer II is a professional journey-level class in the buyer job series. The Buyer I will independently performs tactical to moderately complex duties in purchasing assignments for equipment, materials, supplies, and services. The Buyer II will independently perform strategic and complex duties in purchasing assignments for equipment and supplies, materials and professional services. Such procurements would typically consist of the following characteristics: the materials, supplies, services or equipment are very technical, specialized and require research to establish specifications; sources of supply are limited and/or highly competitive, requiring in-depth analysis and/or negotiations to obtain fair and reasonable pricing; the purchase process consists of independent, multiple steps; purchase contracts are specialized and/or high dollar volume and may entail multi-year deliveries; and the purchase may expose the District to significant potential risk which must be minimized or mitigated. An incumbent is expected to provide customer-responsive, cost effective and high quality purchasing services for customers, consistent with applicable legal requirements.
This job class requires initiative, accuracy, attention to detail, organizational skills, the ability to focus on multiple tasks, and professional level analytical and evaluative judgment.
All Levels: Possession of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in finance, economics, procurement, public or business administration or a related field; and
Buyer I: In addition to the above, two (2) years of full-time purchasing experience.
Buyer II: In addition to the above, and a minimum of four (4) years increasingly responsible full-time professional work in a formal purchasing department with experience in purchasing a variety of supplies, materials, equipment and services.
Additional Salary Information: Depending on qualifications and experience, this position may be filled at either level. The annual salary ranges for the respective levels are as follows: Buyer I $83,978.65 - $102,079.56 and Buyer II $94,227.12-$114,536.55, plus excellent benefits.
About Alameda County Water District
The Alameda County Water District (ACWD) is a special purpose public agency which provides drinking water to over 340,000 people in the cities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City (San Francisco Bay Area). ACWD supplies and treats water from three sources: 1) State Project water via the South Bay Aqueduct, 2) Hetch Hetchy water and treated local water purchased from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and 3) groundwater from an aquifer recharged by both natural runoff and imported water flows. Annual average demand is 70 million gallons per day. ACWD has a staff of 232 employees and a budget of approximately $97 million. The District is headquartered in Fremont. For further District information, see our website at www.acwd.org.