01 Apr 2024
Ohio, Cincinnati, 45201 Cincinnati USA


BUYER (NONCOMPETITIVE)Print ( ApplyBUYER (NONCOMPETITIVE)Salary $67,019.43 - $90,068.51 AnnuallyLocation Ohio 45202, OHJob TypeFull-time ClassifiedJob Number24-00334 (NC)DepartmentCity Manager's OfficeOpening Date04/01/2024Closing Date4/15/2024 11:59 PM Eastern




General Statement of DutiesThis employee procures materials for City use at the lowest cost, consistent with the quality and service required and in accordance with City and state laws, ordinances, policies, and procedures. Employee provides complex professional assistance to the Purchasing Supervisor. Performs related duties as required.Minimum Qualifications (KSAs)(Illustrative only. Any one position may not require all of the listed KSAs nor do the listed examples include all the KSAs which may be required.)Knowledge of:Principles and procedures of governmental purchasing.City purchasing policies and procedures.Pertinent City ordinances; Ohio Revised Code; pertinent City, state, and federal laws, codes, and regulations. Principles and practices of accounting.Business law; various contract/business forms.Economic trends concerning volatile commodities; development of bid pricing structuring consistent with current market trends.Standard English grammar, usage, and spelling.Principles of training and supervision (as appropriate).Professional standards of ethics and conduct.Skill to:Operate a personal computer and other standard office equipment.Operate appropriate computer equipment; use properly all related hardware and software.Ability to:Implement and maintain positive employee relations.Promote and maintain highest integrity throughout all personnel.Analyze and manage effective EEO/AA programs.Interpret and apply purchasing laws, rules, ordinances, and regulations.Apply various criteria in the evaluation of bids; award bids accordingly.Understand technical specifications for a wide variety of commodities.Maintain confidentiality of City information; maintain highest ethical standards of conduct.Rewrite and edit documents and correspondence for clarity and completeness.Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.Prioritize individual work load; work without close supervision.Direct and train lower-level workers as assigned.EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED:(Illustrative only. Any one position within this classification may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all of the tasks which may be performed.)Reviews and analyzes requisitions and decentralized departmental purchase orders; processes change orders for City departments.Prepares invitations to bid for purchase orders, contracts, and agreements; approves no-certifications; locates sources for non-competitive awards under $5,000.Develops specifications from product literature and by working with vendors and agencies; updates and reviews current standard City specifications.Evaluates bids with regard to lowest and best bid meeting specifications; interviews sales representatives and City staff regarding specifications and related problems; provides information to vendors on bid computations and previous awards; prepares reports and distributes them to appropriate parties.Makes awards to vendors from bids received; follows contracts through to completion.Oversees and performs all aspects of competitive bidding for local construction projects involving City, state, and federal funding.Trains and directs other City departments/divisions in procurement procedures; assists departments in development and evaluation of requests for proposal; trains and assists lower-level staff as appropriate.Interacts with City legal professionals to resolve questions of law concerning the bidding and contracting process.Assists those contacted in the course of duty in an effective, efficient, and professional manner.HR Contact:v.robyn.kinebrew@cincinnati-oh.govRequired Education and Experience(TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE ATTACHED OR YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE REJECTED) Each applicant must have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university. In addition, each applicant must have one year buying experience in the procurement of constructions, supplies, or services; OR one year of experience working with state, local, or federal government contracts. Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) certification or other related purchasing certification is preferred.OTHER REQUIREMENTSMust be an excellent communicator and team builder.MILITARY EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE EVALUATIONMilitary education and experience may be substituted for college level course work at the lower and upper division baccalaureate and graduate levels and apprenticeship training at the vocational certificate level on a case by case basis based on the American Council on Education (ACE) Military Guide recommendations.Background Investigation: A criminal background investigation will be conducted for this position (according to Civil Service Commission Rule 15 - Sensitive Classifications/Positions and the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2001 and the Patriot Act). The purpose is to detect security risks and prevent security threats posed by potential employees.U.S. Citizenship: All positions with the City of Cincinnati require that each applicant be a citizen of the United States or have a valid permanent resident card at the time of appointment (date of hire).The below information is solely intended as a summary of the benefits available and is subject to change. Not all benefits listed are available for every position. Benefits can vary depending on applicable labor agreements and/or salary plan. For specific questions, contact the HR Contact indicated on the Job Posting.The City of Cincinnati offers its employees competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefit package designed to actively attract and retain quality employees' to add additional value to the City of Cincinnati's workforce. A summary of these benefits for full-time employment is listed below. This is a general listing of benefits for all employees and is not intended to be a comprehensive listing for all bargaining units.The City offers a variety of training programs, ranging from job-specific skills such as computer and equipment instruction, to helping supervisors improve their management techniques.Equal Employment OpportunityThe City of Cincinnati is dedicated to providing equal employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, disability status, marital status, sexual orientation or transgendered status, or ethnic, national or Appalachian origin, or on the basis of any other category protected under federal, state and local laws.HolidaysThe City of Cincinnati has 11 paid holidays annually that include:New Year's DayMartin Luther King DayPresident's DayMemorial DayJuneteenthIndependence DayLabor DayVeterans' DayThanksgiving DayDay after ThanksgivingChristmasHealth InsuranceThe City of Cincinnati 80/20 offers 3 medical plans to all full time City of Cincinnati employees and eligible dependents: the 80/20 PPO medical plan, the HDHP medical plan with an HSA contribution, and a Health Reimbursement Arrangement for those enrolled on another non-city eligible group plan.Eligible dependents include:Legal Spouse or Equal PartnerChild (natural child, adopted child, and/or child who the group has determined is covered under a "Qualified Medical Child Support Order")Step-childChild for whom the employee or employee's spouse/equal partner is a legal guardianBasic Life InsuranceA $50,000 Basic Life Insurance policy is paid for by the City for certain eligible employees. Full time employees not eligible for the City-paid basic life insurance policy are generally provided a similar benefit through their union group.Supplemental Life, Long Term Disability, Accident & Critical Illness InsuranceMost full time City employees are eligible to participate in a supplemental life insurance program, a long term disability plan, and accident and critical illness insurance programs at their own expense. Premiums are determined by age, amount of coverage, and various additional factors.Flexible Benefits PlansHealthcare Flex Spending AccountCity employees can participate in the Healthcare Flex Spending Account that can be used to pay out-of-pocket medical, prescription, dental, and vision care expenses for employees and family members. Dependent Care Flex Spending AccountCity employees can participate in a Dependent Care Flex Spending Account that can be used to pay work-related dependent care expenses. Participants can set aside money each year through pre-tax payroll deductions to pay for these expenses.Transportation Expense Reimbursement AccountCity employees can participate in a Transportation Expense Reimbursement Account (TERA) that can be used to reimburse expenses related to traveling to and from work. Participants can set-up a pre-tax payroll deduction up to an IRS regulated amount.Healthy Lifestyles ProgramCity employees can voluntarily participate in a wellness incentive program that encourages and rewards employees and their spouses/equal partners for making positive choices for better health. The City of Cincinnati will contribute up to $300/year to a Health Reimbursement Account for each the employee and their spouse/equal partner for meeting specified program goals. These dollars can be used to offset qualified out-of-pocket medical expenses.Integrated Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)This is a voluntary program that serves as an alternative healthcare option to traditional medical plans. If you have alternate group health coverage available to you through a spouse, equal partner, another job, or a non-city retirement plan, you may be eligible for this plan which reimburses you for the difference in premiums between the plans and your covered out of pocket expenses on the other plan.Retirement PlanThe City provides a defined benefit pension plan for part-time and full-timeemployees. New hires and re-hired employees are required to participate in the City of Cincinnati's Retirement System (CRS), regardless of previous participation in an Ohio State pension system or any another state or federal pension system. CRS is funded by employer and employee contributions, and investment returns from plan assets. CRS provides retirement and health care benefits subject to eligibility requirements. The following groups are excluded from participation in CRS: Mayor and Members of City Council; Sworn Police & Fire; Police Recruits; and Rehired Ohio Police & Fire Retirees.Deferred CompensationAs an Ohio government employer, the City offers employees the ability to participate in a 457(b) tax-deferred retirement savings plan. The City makes an annual match to your 457(b) of up to $750, or as otherwise specified in applicable regulations and union contracts.01 By completing this supplemental evaluation you are attesting that the information you have provided is accurate. Any information you provide may be reviewed by the Human Resources staff and hiring department(s). Any misstatements or falsification of information may eliminate you from consideration or may result in dismissal. "See resume" is not an acceptable answer to the questions. The Human Resources staff will verify that you meet the minimum qualifications as outlined in the job posting, based on the information provided in your application and in these answers. Please indicate you have read and agree with this information.

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This is a Noncompetitive position that includes an evaluation of the applications to determine if the applicants meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the "Required Education and Experience" section. A Noncompetitive process may also consist of other components, such as a qualifying test, to determine if the applicant is able to perform the duties of the position. Applications that meet the minimum requirements will be forwarded to the hiring department for consideration. Please review the "Required Education and Experience" section for additional information.

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In which of the following areas do you possess a Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university?


Business Administration

Public Administration


Related field


If you answered "closely related" to the above question, please provide the degree type.


Do you understand that if your application does not include your transcript(s), that your application will be rejected?

I have read the above statement and understand that my resume and transcripts must be attached to my application


Do you possess a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) certification or other related purchasing certification (attach a copy)




How many years of buying experience in the procurement of constructions, supplies, or services do you have?

No experience

Less than 1 year

1 year to less than 2 years

2 years to less than 3 years

3 years to less than 4 years

4 year to less than 5 years

5 Years or more


How many years of experience working with state, local, or federal government contracts ?

No experience

Less than 1 year

1 year to less than 2 years

2 years to less than 3 years

3 years to less than 4 years

4 years to less than 5 years

5 years or more


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AgencyCity of CincinnatiAddress805 Central Avenue Suite 200Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202Phone513-352-2400Website

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