Sr Buyer

The City of Fort Worth's Financial Management Services Department is seeking a qualified individual to provide support in the procurement of goods and services for City of Fort Worth departments and operations; to establish contracts and purchase agreements with suppliers; and to perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility. The successful candidate shall possess excellent analytical, interpersonal and oral communication skills. Ability to interface effectively at all levels of organization including the executive level. This is a fast-paced, high volume, highly visible environment.

The Senior Buyer position will purchase a diversified range of supplies, services and equipment for City departments; recommend to management the appropriate method of procurement; review and edit specifications received from City departments; write and facilitate Invitations to Bid (ITB), Requests for Quotations (RFQ), or Requests for Proposals (RFP); assist purchasing and user department staff responsible for ordering, receiving, and monitoring of assigned contracts; expedite the delivery of purchased materials; make necessary adjustments with suppliers regarding replacements, incomplete orders, warranty claims or damaged supplies; assist purchasing and user departments with methods and techniques demonstrating industry best practices for procurement; perform market analysis on requested goods and services; formulate, negotiate, establish and administer annual purchase agreement arrangements for a range of products and/or services for the City.

Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation is preferred. Successful candidate will be expected to obtain this certification within 12 months of date of eligibility from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC).

Microsoft Office computer skills (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), budget oversight and public contact required. BuySpeed Online or Peoplesoft purchasing systems experience as well as general knowledge of municipal purchasing laws, policies and procedures highly preferred.

The following education and/or experience (or its equivalents) are the minimum standards which provide the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business administration, public administration, economics, accounting or a related field and three years of experience in purchasing, materials, equipment and services, as well as performing cost benefit and specification analysis for a governmental entity.

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