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Purchasing Buyer

Dixie State University
Utah, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 27, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Business & Administrative Support, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Financial Affairs, Legal Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Announcement

Under the leadership of the Director of Purchasing, this position procures equipment, goods, and services in accordance with the Utah State Procurement Code and the University Procurement Policies. The procurement process includes both formal and informal solicitations, building and maintaining vendor relationships, identifying cost savings and value for the University, and working with applicable departments to ensure their procurement needs are met. This position also assists in internal procurement training and information for all University departments. Additional information about the Purchasing Office can be found online at .


  • Work closely with all University departments regarding their procurement needs.
  • Create, evaluate, and award formal and informal procurement solicitations.
  • Counsel and train University faculty and staff on procurement policies.
  • Administer the Purchasing Card (PCard) program for the University.
  • Review and process requisitions to create purchase orders.
  • Understand the role of procurement as it relates to other University business functions, such as Accounts Payable, Finance, Budget, Legal, Information Technology, and Internal Audit.
  • Collect and analyze purchasing data to identify trends that lead to more efficient process and added value.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Graduation from an accredited institution with a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, or a directly related field required. Professional Procurement Certification or currently on the path to certification preferred (CPPB, CPPO, NIGP-CPP, etc.).
  • At least three (3) years' related experience required; purchasing experience within a higher education environment preferred.
  • Considerable knowledge of university administration, policies, procedures, contract law and language.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of accounting and fiscal management, as well as budgeting in a university academic environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and exercise excellent human relations skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relations with university employees and the public.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Adobe Acrobat DC required. Ellucian Banner and U3P (Jagger/SciQuest) experience preferred.
  • Strong technical writing and communication skills, with good attention to detail. Experience drafting specifications for solicitations preferred.
  • Ability to work proactively, independently, and able to multitask on various projects with various deadlines.

Supplemental Information

POSITION DETAILS, COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Full-time professional staff (overtime-exempt) position. Annual salary of $43,000 - $46,000 depending on qualifications & experience. Desired start date of October 2021. Excellent benefits package included that begins on start date; includes medical, dental, vision, employee assistance and wellness programs, life, disability, retirement, undergraduate tuition waivers for employees and eligible dependents, as well as paid holidays in addition to sick and vacation leave accruals. See under 'Benefits Summary' for more details.

ELECTRONIC APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Application review begins September 14 , 2021; position open until filled . Submit cover letter, resume, and contact information (including email) for three professional references electronically. If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities in order to apply for this opening, please call the Human Resources Office at (435) 652-7520.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Dixie State University (DSU) is an open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic institution committed to exceptional student learning and success. DSU has adopted an instructional approach of 'active learning. active life' and a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. We seek faculty and staff committed to creating an active, applied and career-oriented learning environment that is student-centered. Established in 1911 as a community college and in 2013 as a state university, DSU is located in picturesque southwestern Utah with its red rocks, desert climate, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and featuring easy access to world-class outdoor recreational opportunities. The nearest metropolitan area is Las Vegas, NV (120 miles), with amenities such as an international airport and professional sporting teams. Click here to learn more about the University.

Dixie State University is a fast-growing Utah public institution of higher education, with more than 12,000 students. We offer over 230 programs, including masters, bachelors, associates, certificates, endorsements, minors, and/or emphases. DSU seeks to recruit and retain diverse and ambitious faculty and staff who bring new ideas, possess values and career aspirations aligned with the mission and vision, and are inspired to build a premier open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic university. DSU is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer; the President and employees of DSU are fully committed to Affirmative Action and within its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Dixie State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or DSU’s non-discrimination policies:
  • Director of Equity Compliance / Title IX Coordinator: Hazel Sainsbury - , HCC 579, 435-652-7747.
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator: Abby Del Giacco - , 435-652-7731.
For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit or contact:
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, , 800-421-3481.
  • U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, , 303-844-5695.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

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