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Spokane County Buyer 2 (OPEN & PROMOTIONAL) in Spokane, Washington


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$36,779.76 - $49,629.36 Annually


Spokane County Campus 1116 W Broadway Spokane, WA

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12/8/2021 4:30 PM Pacific

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Job Summary

This is the second level in the Buyer series, responsible for purchasing services, commodities, supplies and equipment in accordance with all applicable purchasing laws and regulations; responsible for independent planning, implementing and completing of assigned purchasing projects.

WHO MAY APPLY: This recruitment is open to all applicants meeting the minimum requirements. Priority consideration will be given to Spokane County employees in a position covered by the Master Contract (for a minimum of 6 months) submitting applications between 11/24/21 and 12/2/21. First consideration will be given to applicants working in Purchasing in a position covered by the 1553 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA); second consideration given to County-wide applicants in a position covered by the 1553 CBA; third consideration given to applicants covered by the Master Contract CBA; fourth consideration will be given to all other applicants.

TOTAL COMPENSATION: $47,078 - $63,525 annually. Total compensation is an estimate based upon base compensation, median retirement fund contributions, and current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates (including medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability, and leave). The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices.

Examples of Duties

(duties may include, but are not limited to the following)

Performs the duties of a Buyer 1 and 2 with limited responsibility for training and overseeing the work of a Buyer 1 and support staff.

Purchases goods and services in accordance with the purchasing requisitions assigned.

Conducts all phases of sealed bid purchasing and coordinates the clerical-administrative procedures. Refers to specifications and contracts for previous purchases of similar goods or services to formulate or complete specifications and new bid packages.

Assists Departments in writing their specifications for a range of procurement categories as assigned.

Processes all open contracts from purchase through delivery, acceptance and payment.

Applies a thorough understanding of pertinent sections of the Revised Code of Washington, the Spokane County Code and departmental policy and procedures; and, interprets these to user departments and the business community.

Maintains proper records that facilitate audit.

Is responsible for assigned projects involving other personnel.

Works with all phases of property disposal and inventory control.

Assists in providing training of Policy and Procedures as delegated by a Buyer 4, Senior Buyer or the Purchasing Director.

Processes emergency purchases in a timely manner while complying fully with applicable statutes.

Composes necessary correspondence to vendors, business associates and user departments.

Applies a high skill level in oral and written communications and in dealing with people.

Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Requirements

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Two (2) years at a level or position equivalent to Buyer 1. It is strongly recommended that the Buyer work through the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (N.I.G.P.) to obtain Certified Professional Public Buyer (C.P.P.B.) certification. This certification is required to further a career in Purchasing.

LICENSE: Valid driver's license.

Selection Factors

Considerable knowledge of:

• principles, practices, laws, regulations, procedures and techniques of public purchasing and contract law.

• purchase specification writing, sources of product-quality rating and analyses.

• inventory control and record systems.

• principles of bookkeeping, budgeting and cost analyses.

• quality standards for fuels, paving materials, structural steel, basic wood products, food, tires and drugs.

• major wholesale suppliers and other products and services used by the County.

Ability to:

• train and coordinate the work of Buyer 1 and support staff.

• assist in procurement training for other County departments.

• conduct cost analyses.

• write concise business correspondence.

• keep accurate records.

• obtain and interpret market price and to recommend the purchase of quality goods at the least expensive price.

• establish and maintain effective work relations with vendors, co-workers, County leaders, their employees and the Purchasing Director.

• communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

• work successfully with people of diverse backgrounds.

• problem solve in an effective manner.

Skilled in:

• the operation of personal computers and peripherals for the creation of bid documents, correspondence and communications utilizing Microsoft Word.

• the appropriate use of email and the internet for work related communications and research.

• the use of Microsoft Excel and Access for data analyses, bid tabulation, database utilization and report creation.

• the use of electronic telephone equipment, moderately complex multi-functional digital fax/copier/scanner, and typewriter.


Employee Benefits Summary

The following is a brief list of benefits available to Spokane County regular employees. Complete information is available from Human Resources Department. This information is subject to change.


Spokane County Observed Holidays

Up to 10 (ten) paid holidays are observed by Spokane County.


Non-represented and a select group of represented employees receive a bank of hours that combine both vacation and sick leave into a paid time off bank. There is no waiting period to use this time and it starts out at almost 2 days per month accrual increasing in accrual rates annually for first 5 years.


For employees with less than five (5) years of continuous service, the accrual rate is 1 day of vacation each month for a total of 12 days per year. After six (6) months, employees are eligible to take accumulated vacation time. (Please note the vacation time accumulation may vary depending on contract language).

Sick Leave

Sick leave is earned at 1 day per month and can be taken as the days are accumulated.

Other Leaves

Spokane County provides several other paid leaves such as: bereavement leave, jury duty and military duty leave.


Medical Insurance

Two plans are currently available: Premera Blue Cross (PPO) and Kaiser Permanente (HMO). Spokane County pays 95% of the premium for full-time employees and 90% of the premiums for spouses and dependents. Premiums are deducted each pay period (pay periods: 15th and last day of the month).

2021 Rates:


Employee Only: $18.11 per pay period

Employee & Spouse: $71.20 per pay period

Employee & Family: $99.81 per pay period

Employee & Child(ren): $64.84 per pay period


Employee: $17.10 per pay period

Employee & Spouse: $66.93 per pay period

Employee & Family: $93.36 per pay period

Employee & Child(ren): $61.23 per pay period

Dental Insurance

Two plans are currently available: Delta Dental of Washington (PPO) and Willamette Dental (DMO). Spokane County pays 95% of the premium for full-time employees and 90% of the premiums for spouses and dependents.

2021 Rates:

Delta Dental Willamette Dental

Employee: $2.87 per pay Employee: $2.99 per pay

Family: $5.75 per pay Family: $5.98 per pay

Group Life Insurance

The County provides a $25,000 group life insurance policy to employees. The County provides a $10,000 benefit for those represented by 492, 492CS & 492CL. This benefit is paid in full by Spokane County.

Long Term Disability Coverage

Provides an income protection benefit in the event of a long-term illness or injury at rate of 60% of income up to a maximum of $5,000 per month. Spokane County pays the full premium for this plan. Deputy Sheriff's receive a benefit through their union for disability.


Retirement Plan (401a)

Spokane County employees are automatically included in the Washington State Retirement System. Both the employer and the employee contribute to the plan. This retirement plan provides a guaranteed lifetime monthly benefit once vested and eligible for retirement.

Additional Retirement Plan Option (457b)

Employees may supplement their retirement income and save money on taxes by participating in this optional County program. Roth (after-tax) option is also available through this retirement plan.



Supplemental insurance is optional and is provided by AFLAC to help pay for benefits not covered by major medical insurance. The employee pays 100% of the premium.

Travel Assistance

Provides additional travel protections anytime you travel more than 100 miles from home. Includes pre-trip information, emergency ticket replacement, and emergency evacuation coverage. This benefit is paid in full by Spokane County.

Flexible Spending Plan (FSA)

Spokane County sponsors a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account to allow out-of-pocket Medical & Daycare Expenses to be paid with Tax Free Dollars. Premiums are automatically set up pre-tax under the FSA.

Voluntary Term Life Insurance

Voluntary Term Life Insurance is additional optional life insurance provided through The Standard Insurance. New employees are guaranteed up to $50,000 for self and $20,000 for a spouse with no medical underwriting needed.


Employee Assistance Program

Employees and their family members are eligible to receive free counseling. There are also benefits relating to financial and legal concerns.

Reduced Cost Bus Pass Program

Spokane County participates in a program with STA which discounts bus passes to $5 a month.

Wellness Programs

There are opportunities for nearby exercise programs at reduced cost and education programs around wellness themes including financial well-being, nutrition and stress reduction.


There are local and national discounts available to Spokane County employees.


Please check the box that applies to your current Union status (if you are not a current Spokane County employee, please select "I am not a Union member").

  • I am in the open position's department and my position is covered by the 1553 collective bargaining agreement

  • I am in another department and my position is covered by the 1553 collective bargaining agreement

  • I am in a position covered by the Master Contract collective bargaining agreement (not 1553)

  • I am in a position covered by another collective bargaining agreement (not 1553 or Master Contract)

  • None of the above apply

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Spokane County


824 N Adams Spokane, Washington, 99260