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Buyer Specialist - Research and Scientific

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Buyer Specialist - Research and Scientific
Role Title: Procurement Officer I
Posting Number: SW0180195
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

Entry Level Buying Position. Advertise, evaluates, negotiates and awards competitive solicitations for goods and services of the University. Performs research to identify new contract opportunities. Works as a liaison between vendors and departments on campus. Acts as a contract administrator in deciding if established contracts should be renewed, allowed to expire, terminated, or cancelled. Has purchase order signature authority without additional approval up to $50,000. Responsible for procuring equipment, supplies and services needed for the university’s research and scientific areas and specifically purchasing goods and services for federally funded grants and other sponsored programs.

Required Qualifications:

•Strong written and verbal communication skills required
•Familiarity with accounting principles and practices
•Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team
•Ability to conduct business with professionalism and diplomacy at all levels within the University
•Must possess ability to adhere to strict deadlines while maintaining sense of urgency multi-tasking daily duties
•Demonstrated skills in utilizing automated information systems and office support software while maintaining an exceptional level of accuracy is necessary.
•Demonstrated ability to perform in a high volume service center, processing large amounts of data and maintaining exceptional accuracy is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Experience in public procurement not required but preferred.
-Knowledge of federal government procurement standards that will be applicable for the university’s federally funded grants.
-A Professional Procurement Certification is desired and will be expected to be achieved within two years of hire.
-Experience utilizing Jaggaer (VT HokieMart) or the state’s (eVA) e-procurement software is preferred.
-Advanced education in business administration or equivalent fields of study.

Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check, Statement of Economic Interest is required
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

Applicants must complete the online faculty application at www.jobs.vt.edu Posting #SW0180195 and submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references as attachments to that application. For full consideration, candidates are encouraged to apply by the review date of April 4th, 2018.

Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band: 4
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: Procurement
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Posting Date: 03/21/2018
Review Begin Date: 04/04/2018
Job Close Date:
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

Quick Link: http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/85063

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you first learn about this job opening?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education - online
    • Chronicle of Higher Education - print
    • Higher Ed Jobs (www.higheredjobs.com)
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium - HERC (www.hercjobs.org)
    • Diverse Jobs (www.diversejobs.net)
    • Insight Into Diversity (www.careers.insightintodiversity.com)
    • Indeed (www.indeed.com)
    • Roanoke Times Online (www.jobs.roanoke.com)
    • Commonwealth of Virginia Jobs (www.jobs.virginia.gov)
    • Virginia Tech job site (www.jobs.vt.edu)
    • Facebook
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Job Fair (please describe below)
    • Journal (please describe below)
    • Listserv (please describe below)
    • Newspaper - print (please describe below)
    • Professional Conference (please describe below)
    • From a friend/acquaintance not associated with Virginia Tech (please name below)
    • From a Virginia Tech employee/representative/recruiter (please name below)
    • Veteran related event/site (please describe below)
    • Virginia Employment Commission - VEC
    • Other Virginia Tech affiliated website (please describe below)
    • Other job board such as Simply Hired, Career Builder, etc. (please describe below)
    • Other - Not listed (please describe below)
  2. Please describe recruiting source identified in previous question (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only).
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
    • No

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents