• Company: City of Houston - Health Department
  • Location: Houston, Texas 77054 United States
  • Salary: $38,584 to $45,760
  • Date Posted: September 22, 2022
  • Closing Date: October 3, 2022



The purpose of the Buyer position procures various non-technical and standard technical operations and materials, equipment and services on a competitive basis for the City and/or department in accordance with City and departmental policies and procedures and/or specification requirements. This role ensures routine purchase requisitions are converted into purchase orders within required timelines. Interprets bids and selects the most advantageous bid accordance with city, state and federal laws and regulations. Ensures deliveries are on-time and expedites if needed. Resolves material discrepancies. Must be able to pass a criminal background check, obtain and maintain federally mandated security clearances where required.

The responsibilities for the BUYER will include but is not limited to:

  • May assign Assistant Buyers and clerical staff in routine tasks, such as preparing purchase orders, reviewing quotations and expediting delivery.
  • Reviews purchase orders for completeness, accuracy and compliance with City and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Reviews requisitioned materials, equipment or services to see if they can be purchased via contract.
  • Gathers and compiles verbal and written bids. Tabulates bids, evaluating price quotes and comparing to specifications.



Requires a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Materials Management, Purchasing or a closely related field.


Two years of professional or para-professional buying experience are required. Professional buying experience may substitute for the above education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Application Process


Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during active posting period. Applications must be submitted online at:

To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: or call 832-393-4885. If you need special services or accommodations, call 832-393-4885. (TTY 7-1-1). If you need login assistance or technical support call 855-524-5627. Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process. All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided.

Contact Info

Name: Shannon Pleasant
Phone: 832-393-4681
Closing Date: October 3, 2022