Buyer Specialist

Virginia Community College System   Roanoke, VA   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
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Posted on June 30, 2021

Buyer Specialist

Under their direct supervisor the Buyer Specialist performs transactional purchases for a wide variety of goods and services for the 23 VCCS colleges, the System Office and the Shared Services Center.

The position:

• Receives demand signals and purchases goods and services up to the small purchase threshold
• Ensures that all purchases are performed accurately, timely and in accordance with applicable state laws & policies and VCCS policies
• Employs best business practices to continuously improve performance, compliance, efficiency and effectiveness

• Ability to execute simple to moderately complex purchases of supplies, equipment, and services
• Ability to proficiently use automated procurement systems (e-procurement) to review and process requisitions through to a purchase order and acknowledgment
• Ability to analyze quotes, bids and make appropriate purchasing decisions
• Ability to fully manage procurement process for assignments from the need through the purchase order, including order status and invoicing discrepancies
• Ability to exercise sound judgment, solve problems, and attend to detail in a fast pace, team oriented and customer service oriented environment
• Ability to provide exceptional customer service to internal and external customers in a professional manner
• Ability to complete assignments following procedures & processes within the policies & laws
• Ability to express thoughts clearly both verbally and in writing
• Ability to maintain confidentiality
• Ability to use the computer hardware and software required, including proficiency in MS Office

Preferred KSA's:

• Knowledge of governmental procurement principles and ability to follow procurement policy and standard operating procedures
• Knowledge of Commonwealth of Virginia & VCCS procurement policies (VPPA, APSPM, etc.)
• Knowledge of eVA (state procurement system) and AIS/PeopleSoft

Required Qualifications:

• Multiple years of customer service or team-oriented work experience or a combination
• Current Virginia Contracting Associate (VCA) certification or ability to obtain within one year of hire; see for more information on VCA certification

Preferred Qualifications:
• Associates degree from an accredited institution, or equivalent education and experience
• Procurement experience
• Procurement experience in higher education and/or state government
• Professional procurement certification(s): Virginia Contracting Officer (VCO), Certified Public Procurement Buyer (CPPB), Certified E-Procurement Professional (CEPP) or other nationally recognized procurement certification

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Background Check Statement:

The selected candidate's offer is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation, which may include: fingerprint checks, local agency checks, employment verification, verification of education, credit checks (relevant to employment). Additionally, selected candidates may be required to complete the Commonwealth's Statement of Economic Interest. For more information, please follow this link:

EEO STATEMENT: The Virginia Community College System, an EEO employer, welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds and recognizes the benefits of a diverse workforce. Therefore, the VCCS is committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications. We prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disabilities, political affiliation, veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors.