Buyer I

  • Salinas, California
  • May 08, 2022
Full Time Purchasing and Warehouse
  • Salary: $3,810.04 - $5,204.51 Monthly USD

Job Description

Position Description
Application materials will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until positions are filled. Please allow up to (2) two weeks for processing of application materials. (Postmarks and faxes not accepted.) The eligible list established by this recruitment maybe used to fill current and future permanent or Per Diem vacancies as they arise. Exam# 22/14E01/01SS.


Natividad is looking to fill for a permanent, full-time Buyer I position in our Contracts/Materials Management Department. Under supervision, the incumbent will learn procedures involved in purchasing or negotiating purchase of materials, supplies, equipment, and services for use by hospital departments and will perform other related work as required.
Examples of Duties


  • Learns to purchase commodities and/or services to maximize savings by determining best method of purchase, i.e., bid or negotiation, volume purchase, based on available competition and/or complexity of services; with an awareness of the total cost.
  • Learns procedures involved in purchasing items for general county and/or hospital departments.
  • Confers with general county department and/or hospital personnel and vendors regarding purchasing procedures, needs, specifications and problems; analyzes purchasing procedures and recommends new or alternate types of purchasing programs.
  • Reviews requisitions for completeness and accuracy.
  • Obtains prices by telephone, letter, via on-line, bidding or personal contact. Conducts special cost studies as directed.
  • Within established guidelines, determines vendors from whom purchases will be made.
  • Investigates sources of supply for product availability, the reliability of vendors and their ability to deliver.
  • Keeps informed of new products and market trends.
  • Attends tests and demonstrations of equipment.
  • Maintains purchasing and computer records.
  • Some positions may complete, update, maintain and use a variety of computer software programs and data.

Examples of Experience/Education/Training


A combination of experience, education, and/or training which substantially demonstrates the following knowledge, skills and abilities is required:

Some knowledge of:
The principles of purchasing and basic purchasing sources; sources of supply, commodity markets, marketing practices, commodity pricing methods and differentials, commodity cost and availability trends; basic computer techniques and procedures; recordkeeping practices; methods used to organize and prioritize work, including computer systems for access and retrieval of reports and data.

Skill and Ability to:
Read and interpret rules, codes and regulations; prepare clear and concise reports, recommendations and correspondence; maintain accurate and complete reports; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, vendors, general county departments and/or hospital personnel and others contracted through the course of work; accurately perform arithmetical calculations; complete and review paperwork requiring a high degree of attention to detail; manage concurrent multiple and diverse work projects; apply basic computer skills; access and maintain personal computer/mainframe databases to retrieve update and prepare reports and data.

Education and Experience:
Completion of all course work leading to a four-year degree in public administration, business administration, or economics.
Four years of increasingly responsible clerical experience, two years of which must have been performing duties related to fiscal operations.
Additional Information

  • Natividad requires that all incumbents pass a pre-employment physical/medical assessment.
  • Natividad will conduct a thorough background and reference check process which includes a Department of Justice fingerprint check.
  • Employees who drive on County business to carry out job related duties must possess a valid CA Driver License for the class vehicle driven.
  • Employees must have and show their original Social Security Card and a valid CA Driver License or CA State ID prior to the first day of work.
  • Incumbents may be required to work all shifts, including weekends and holidays;
  • Incumbents may be required to work with potentially hazardous and infectious substances.


The screening process is tentative. Should a change be made, applicants will be notified. The competitive process includes:

APPLICATION SUBMISSION: A completed Monterey County Application may be obtained from and submitted to the Natividad Human Resources Office, 1441 Constitution Blvd., Bldg. 300, Salinas, CA. 93906, or On-line applications may be submitted at ; resume and license and/or certifications (if applicable) may be attached to your online application or emailed separately to: . Resumes will be accepted in addition to, but not in lieu of the required application materials. For more information or to obtain regular paper application materials please contact the Natividad HR, 1441 Constitution Blvd.,(831) 783-2700, M - F, 7:30 a.m.- 5:00p.m.

QUALIFICATIONS APPRAISAL : All licenses/certificates will be verified via primary source. Completed application materials will be competitively evaluated. Please note: The initial screening for this position uses ONLY the applicant's answers to the Supplemental Questions. Screeners (who are Subject Matter Experts) are not given the application and/or resumes at this point in the process. Therefore, your answers to the Supplemental Questions are critical. The best-qualified applicants will be invited to participate further in the process.

QUALIFICATIONS ASSESSMENT : To further assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, this process may include an oral examination, pre-exam exercise, performance exam, or physical ability exam.

ELIGIBLE LIST : Applicants successful in the Qualifications Assessment process will be placed on an eligible list for possible final selection interview. This eligible list will be used to fill current and future vacancies.


  • If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please contact the HR Analyst for Natividad at (831) 783-2711.
  • Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the United States.
  • If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position you will not be eligible for the benefits.


Job Address

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