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Category: Professional
Facility: Erie County Medical Center Corporation
Department: Purchasing
Schedule: Full Time - FT
Shift: Day Shift
Hours: 40
Job Details:

Must be on the BUYER list of test takers for the  ERIE COUNTY CIVIL SERVICE EXAM to be considered for this position. The exam was held on May 11, 2019



The work involves purchasing a variety of assigned commodities and services.  The incumbent is involved with the competitive bidding process in the purchasing of a diversified group of products and/or services.  Supervision is received from a high level administrative employee.  Supervision may be exercised over lower level technical and clerical staff.  Does related work as required.


Initiates and prepares bids and specifications which lead to purchase contracts for goods and services;

Selects vendors and places purchase contracts for materials and/or services;

Edits requisitions and confers with departments regarding requirement,

Specifications, quantity, and quality of merchandise and deliver requirements;

Recommends substitutes were a savings in costs or improved delivery will result;

Attends conferences and forums pertaining to purchasing and related buying



Interviews vendors and their representatives personally and maintains a close

Contact by correspondence, telephone, and plant visitations;

Serves in an advisory capacity to assist departments in purchasing;

Solicits and reviews bids from vendors for a wide variety of commodities and/or


Keeps abreast of current price trends, market conditions and new or improved items of supply;

Plans and oversees advertising for articles to be purchased;

Summarizes bids submitted by suppliers;

Expedites delivery on orders by phone or letter;

Check requisitions and purchase orders with departments for clarification;

Checks requisitions and purchase orders against specifications and catalogs.



Thorough knowledge of competitive purchasing procedures; thorough knowledge of markets, trade conditions, business methods and purchasing practices; good knowledge of the laws related to public purchasing; ability to meet and deal effectively with salesmen and County departmental representatives; initiative; thoroughness; accuracy; honesty; tact; sound judgment; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.



A)    Graduation form a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor's degree and four (4) years of purchasing experience; or:

B)     Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and eight (8) years of business experience which included four (4) years of purchasing experience; or:

C)    An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).


Note:  Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements





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