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ABOLISHED 07/02/2014 PER PAY LETTER 14-11 - Buyer I (4894)

ABOLISHED 07/02/2014 PER PAY LETTER 14-11 - Buyer I

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: KP40
  • Class Code: 4894
  • Established: 1931
  • Revised: 09/01/1966
  • Title Changed: 04/26/1957


Under direction, to do the less difficult purchasing of a group of materials, supplies, and equipment; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Receives and reviews requisitions; reviews specifications; invites quotations and bids; interviews vendors; investigates sources of supplies; compares and analyzes quotations, signs purchase orders, and makes awards on bids; checks vendors' compliance with legal requirements; analyzes requisitions and makes recommendations as to commodities which can be more economically purchased on a contract basis; follows up purchase orders to insure receipt of proper quality and quantity on specified dates; supervises clerical assistants; investigates complaints and secures adjustments.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


In California state service either one or a combination of the following:


A. Six months of experience performing the duties of a Business Service Assistant; or


B. One year of experience performing the duties of a Business Management Trainee.



Experience: Two years of technical experience as a buyer of materials, supplies, and equipment. (Experience in stores inventory control, or in acquisition of materials by requisition through a central purchasing organization is not qualifying buying experience.) and


Education: Equivalent to graduation from college. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on the basis of one year of experience being equivalent to two years of education.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Purchasing principles and practices; law of contracts and State purchasing procedure; methods of purchasing by specification and competitive bidding; characteristics and types of materials, supplies, and equipment suitable to meet the needs of a large governmental jurisdiction; trade names, brands, and sources of supply; department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Ability to: Develop purchasing specifications; supervise the work of clerical assistants; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; read comprehensively; speak and write effectively; work effectively with others; effectively contribute to the department's affirmative action objectives.

  Updated: 10/9/2017
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