Senior Buyer

  • Company: Olathe Unified School District 233
  • Location: Olathe, Kansas 66062 USA
  • Salary:
  • Date Posted: August 24, 2023


This position is responsible for promoting the most effective use of school district funds in the acquisition of assigned commodities and services. The Senior Buyer evaluates market conditions and trends, plans specific short- and long-range commodity objectives, assists staff in defining needs and developing alternative solutions as required, develops and investigates sources of supply, and issues necessary processes to seek competitive pricing. This position is extensively involved in establishing and reviewing contracts for goods and services and assists the Assistant Director of Business & Financial Services as a contracting officer and negotiator. This position is expected to directly procure materials, equipment, supplies and services; develop and investigate sources of supply and manage necessary processes to seek competitive pricing and maximum value; establish and review contracts for goods and services; and provide customer service. This position is part of the Procurement Department and reports to Assistant Director of Business & Financial Services.

HOURS OF WORK: Monday-Friday-8 hours per day, 242 days per year


PRIMARY DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: Depending on the type of request for commodity and/or service, conduct sourcing using various bid processes in accordance with federal and state laws, and Board of Education policies. Ensure commodity or service is procured at the greatest value available to the school district. Identify contracting opportunities that are in the District’s best interests and assist with managing complex negotiations and execution of contracts. Review existing contracts for goods and services available to the District and apply where appropriate. Identify existing situations where the creation of a contract would provide additional value to the District. Administer existing contracts via vendor/department follow-up, contract audit, etc. Process requisitions to purchase orders. Assure accuracy of orders based on department needs. Confirm vendor receipt of order and follow-up on orders as necessary. Exhibit excellent customer service and maintain professional relations with all internal and external clients and vendors. In the absence of the Assistant Director of Business & Financial Services the Senior Buyer coordinates activities of other Procurement staff on daily activities. Perform other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree in related Business field desired. Five years (minimum) related procurement experience, in a public education setting, preferred. Professional certification preferred, such as Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), Certified Public Procurement Buyer (CPPB), Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.), Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), or NIGP-CPP (Certified Procurement Professional). Knowledge of business law and Kansas statutes applicable to public education procurements required.

Application Process

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The statements above are intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. This document describes the position currently available. The District reserves the right to modify job duties or job descriptions at any time. The Olathe Public Schools prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity in its programs, activities or employment as required by applicable federal and state laws.

CLEARANCES REQUIRED: Criminal Justice Fingerprint, Background Clearance, TB Test

Contact Info

Name: Jennifer Walker
Phone: 913-780-8045