Assistant Buyer

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Assists with the purchasing of materials, equipment and services for the City and/or department in accordance with City and Departmental policies and procedures.

Performs routine research and follow-up on purchase orders and contracts; expedites delivery of purchase orders; maintains back-order files
Assists buyers by reviewing purchase requisitions and/or contracts for content and conformance to specifications
Obtains quotations of requisitioned items by contacting vendors
Assists buyers in bid openings; may compile and compare bids; assists in preparing and proofing bid tabulations
May purchase standardized items
Assists buyers by compiling data for preparation of product specifications
Maintains lists of bidders
Maintains requisitions and purchase order files and logs
Generates reports as needed
Identifies and recommends strategies and procedures to improve the procurement process
All other duties as assigned

The position is physically comfortable; the individual has discretion about walking, standing, etc

Requires an Associate's degree in Business Administration, Materials Management, Purchasing or a closely related field.

No experience is required

Professional buying experience may substitute for the above education requirement on a year-for-year basis.


Preferences will be given candidates with strong analytical, business, written and verbal communication skills. Strong background in cost analysis and forecasting. Knowledge of governmental procurement concepts and practices. Extensive knowledge of all aspect of the City's purchasing system and SAP applications.

Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.

$19.23 - $24.04 Hourly

EEO Equal Employment Opportunity
The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

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