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Senior Buyer (7739U) 27383 - 1144
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 3, 2019
Title Senior Buyer (7739U) 27383 - 1144
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Fiscal Services

Senior Buyer (7739U) 27383 - 1144

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: August 13, 2019

Departmental Overview

The Senior Buyer provides professional procurement services to an assigned group of campus departments. Responsibilities involve the acquisition of goods and services including equipment acquisition, contracting for professional services, design and/or construction services, business agreements, capital and operating leases, maintenance services, consulting and personal services.


  • Document Production: Drafts and executes purchase orders, utilizing standard terms and conditions for materials, supplies, equipment, and services. Drafts RFQs (Request for Quotation),RFPs (Request for Proposal) including specifications and terms and conditions. Reviews, comments and approves sole source justifications and prepares bases for award documents. Documents interpretations of processes, policies, and procedures for edification of customers and suppliers. Develops spreadsheets and other documentation to support analysis (see below).
  • Relationship Management: Supplier: (i) Negotiates with supplier for lower prices and better terms; (ii) Develops new supply sources to address supply base inadequacies (as needed); (iii) Resolves supplier performance issues. Customer (Buyer Outreach): (i) Regularly communicate with campus customers; (ii) Reduces risk to the University by ensuring departmental compliance with procurement policy; (iii) Works in conjunction with end-users to develop specifications for RFQs and/or RFPs; (iv) Assists in implementation of campus or system-wide agreements; manages demand against agreements; (v) Makes recommendations regarding new supply sources; champions use of a diverse supply base (as appropriate).
  • Analytical Practices: Interprets and applies University policies and procedures. Makes awards based on lowest cost that meets specifications; performs costs analysis. Reviews terms and conditions for appropriateness. Evaluates sole source justifications for appropriateness. Provides analysis for complex purchasing projects.
  • Acquires and maintains a basic technical understanding of commonly purchased products. Participates in professional development and training.
  • Participates in staff development that enables the staff member to stretch and grow; includes work on committees and assignments, formal and informal coaching and mentoring, regular training and conference attendance.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of purchasing principles and practices, methods and selection and negotiating techniques.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of University procurement policies, contract law, the Uniform Commercial Code, applicable state and federal regulations, the California Public Contract Code and federal contracting requirements.
  • Must have analytical skills necessary to evaluate the quality and cost effectiveness of multiple and complex purchasing options. Knowledge of Cost-per-quality point and Best Value methodologies is preferred.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally.
  • Must be able to read and interpret terms and conditions of contracts.
  • Knowledge and understanding of a broad range of commodities applicable to the University environment ir preferred.
  • Must be able to apply logical thinking and sound judgment to arrive at appropriate business decisions. This includes a sense of balance between risks involved, timeliness, cost factors and other considerations.
  • Must have an understanding, and ability to apply customer service principles and practices.
  • Desired understanding and use of UC tools - Benefit bank, Sourcing systems, Spend Analytic, Contract Repository.
  • Desired understanding of Federal Procurement (FAR, ONR, NIH, Export Controls), Prevailing Wage, Maintenance vs Construction, UC Policy, CA Public Contract Code.
  • Must be able to effectively work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Skill to create an atmosphere of trust, understanding and reasonableness in the course of business relations and negotiations with suppliers.
  • Skilled in the use of ERP/financial systems (such as Oracle, PeopleSoft, Sciquest, Banner, et cetera).
  • Knowledge of Campus departments and operations preferred.
  • Proficient in the use of the suite of Microsoft Office software.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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