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Are you seeking a position with training opportunities and an excellent benefits package? If this sounds like a good fit to you, we are currently recruiting for a Buyer, Senior. This position is within the Contracting and Procurement Services Unit in the Division of Management Services and will purchase supplies, services, materials and equipment for the Department. 
This position requires experience preparing and evaluating specifications, Requests for Information (RFIs), Requests for Quote (RFQs), and Invitation to Bids (ITBs). Applicants must have experience that includes product value analysis and weighted-value evaluations. The ability to build and maintain good working relationships is essential. Critical thinking skills and attention to detail are fundamental competencies in this position.

This position can work remotely from the Boise (Treasure Valley) area and may be required to attend meetings or training at central office in Boise on occasion.

We have the one of the Nation's best state retirement systems (PERSI) that offers a lifetime benefit. 
  • excellent medical, dental and vision insurance-employee only coverage for PPO $65/month for medical and vision & $11.00/month for dental 
  • generous vacation and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start 
  • 11 paid holidays a year 
  • paid parental leave
  • multiple savings plans, optional 401K, and optional 457
  • basic life insurance for employee and family 
  • employee covered at one times annual salary
  • spouse covered at $10,000
  • child covered at $5,000
  • wellness programs 
  • ongoing training opportunities 
  • an opportunity for student loan forgiveness  
  • and more!

Our generous benefits package increases the total compensation of a full-time (benefits eligible) Senior Buyer making $23.31/hour to an estimated $34.33/hour. 

If you have previously applied for Buyer, Senior and wish to be considered for the current vacancy, you must reapply under this announcement. Previous scores will not be used. This announcement may be used to fill future vacancies.

Example of Duties
  • Purchases supplies, services, material, and equipment for the Department and researches and performs value analysis on products, services, and equipment.
  • Determines product, equipment, service requirements and methods of acquisition.
  • Works with internal customer's to prepare specifications, identify vendors and issue written Purchase Orders on purchases within delegated authority.
  • Reviews and evaluates quotes and bids, records quote and bid information including vendor price, payment terms, delivery and issues Purchase Orders or Contract Purchase Orders.
  • Prepares Requests for Information (RFIs), Requests for Quotes (RFQs) and Invitation to Bids (ITBs) which may include value analysis, life cycle costing and weighted value evaluation procedures for purchases and contracts.
  • Works closely with the Department's internal customers.
  • Advises users about product, service availability, specification preparation, policies and procedures and legal requirements established for procurement.
  • Analyzes quality, price, source of supply, delivery date, shipping charges and product cost.
  • Provides advice, training, and consultation on methods, procedures, and Department requirements.
  • Prepares correspondence and ensures effective public relations.

***Attention to detail, critical thinking and exceptional writing skills are required.

Minimum Qualifications

You must possess all the minimum qualifications listed below to pass the exam for this position. Click on the Questions tab associated with this announcement for the details regarding minimum qualification requirements. The Supplemental Questions on the application are the exam questions. If it is a written answer, please make sure you answer each question with enough detail to determine how you meet the requirements. Do not put “See resume” as your answer to written questions. Answer each written question thoroughly. Failure to do this may result in not passing the exam and disqualify you from being considered for this position.

  • Some knowledge of life-cycle costing principles.
  • Experience performing detailed review of RFIs, RFQs, ITBs and RFPs, purchasing invoices, Purchase Orders, Contract Purchase Orders and requisitions to ensure conformance with policies and procedures.
  • Experience preparing, evaluating, and completing specifications for products and services.
  • Experience interpreting and applying public/governmental/private purchasing procedures.


Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources at (208) 334-2263.
Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.