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Buyer, Senior

Health and Welfare

Open for Recruitment: November 3, 2017 - November 18, 2017
Announcement # 01538023381
Salary Range: $20.00 - $23.00 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is currently recruiting for a Buyer, Senior. This position is within the Contracting and Procurement Services Unit of the Operational Services Division and will purchase supplies, services, materials and equipment for the Department.  

This position requires experience preparing and evaluating specifications, Requests for Information (RFIs), Requests for Quote (RFQs), Invitation to Bids (ITBs) and Requests for Proposal’s (RFPs). Applicants must have experience that includes product value analysis and weighted-value evaluations. The ability to build and maintain good working relationships is essential. Critical thinking skills and attention to detail are fundamental competencies in this position.

If you have previously applied for Buyer, Senior and wish to be considered for the current vacancy, you must reapply under this announcement. Previous scores will not be used. This announcement may be used to fill future vacancies.


  • Purchases supplies, services, material, and equipment for the Department and researches and performs value analysis on products, services, and equipment;
  • Determines product, equipment, service requirements and methods of acquisition;
  • Works with internal customer’s to prepare specifications, identify vendors and issue written Purchase Orders on purchases within delegated authority;
  • Reviews and evaluates quotes and bids, records quote and bid information including vendor price, payment terms, delivery and issues Purchase Orders or Contract Purchase Orders;
  • Prepares Requests for Information (RFIs), Requests for Quotes (RFQs), Invitation to Bids (ITBs) and Requests for Proposal’s (RFPs) which may include value analysis, life cycle costing and weighted value evaluation procedures for purchases and contracts;
  • Work closely with the Department’s internal customers;
  • Advises users about product, service availability, specification preparation, policies and procedures and legal requirements established for procurement;
  • Analyzes quality, price, source of supply, delivery date, shipping charges and product cost;
  • Provides advice, training, and consultation on methods, procedures, and Department requirements;
  • Prepares correspondence and ensures effective public relations;
  • Attention to detail, critical thinking and exceptional writing skills are required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Some knowledge of life-cycle costing principles;
  • Experience performing detailed review of RFIs, RFQs, ITBs and RFPs, purchasing invoices, Purchase Orders, Contract Purchase Orders and requisitions to ensure conformance with policies and procedures;
  • Experience preparing, evaluating, and completing specifications for products and services;
  • Experience interpreting and applying public/governmental/private purchasing procedures;
  • Experience applying value analysis criteria to products and materials to include weighted-value methods.

Additional Qualifications: Are not required; however, having the minimum qualifications and the experience and/or education below will increase your score.

  • Experience preparing and evaluating specifications for computer hardware and software. Typically gained by at least one year of experience preparing and evaluating specifications for computer hardware and software in an environment with integrated (multi-platform) systems.


There is an exam for this position to determine an applicant's eligibility. Click the "Preview Exam" button below to review the exam. You must receive a score of 66 to pass this exam. If at any time during the screening/testing process your responses or resume do not support the answers you provided, your name will be removed from the register.

How to Apply:

Click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position. When updating your online application information, please select Health and Welfare under "Agencies", full-time under "Job Type/Shift", and Boise under "Cities".


Preview Exam

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.