Senior Buyer (Central Library), Denver, Colorado

Created 03/19/2023
Employer City and County of Denver
Reference 619604
Job Type Full Time
Country United States
State Colorado
City Denver
About Our Job

About the Library

The Denver Public Library (DPL) is a growing urban library system that serves the residents of the City & County of Denver. DPL sees more than 4 million visitors every year across its 27 locations, serves Denver’s most vulnerable communities through outreach and mobile services, hosts thousands of programs a year and manages a collection of more than 1.4 million physical and digital materials.

We believe a strong library is vital for a strong community. DPL is committed to serving the evolving needs of Denverites through inspired programming, diverse collections, culturally-representative spaces, and equitable policies & procedures.

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About Our Department

Financial Services supports both internal and external customers and stakeholders in all aspects of money related services, such as procurement, accounts payable, and budget management. Our staff provides training, processing, reporting, and customer support to ensure DPL’s resources are used in accordance with city fiscal rules while upholding our value of Honoring the Public Trust and Strengthening Connection. The current primary focus for the finance team is providing consistent, transparent, high quality communication and processes.

About the Job

DPL is hiring a Senior Buyer to perform full performance purchasing work in the procurement of goods and services. In this position, you will work with internal and external stakeholders in support of awarding complex purchase orders, specialty bids and negotiated contracts . This will include activities such a s independently evaluating complex purchasing specifications, determining method of procurement, start to finish contracting, working with vendors, developing bid and contract terms and conditions, ongoing contract maintenance, and mediation of vendor disputes. This position will work with staff to analyze bidding exception requests such as sole-source, professional preference and cooperative agreements, and use bidder and commodity databases to research solutions and make recommendations. Customer service is a primary focus as you work closely with DPL staff to enhance their understanding of purchasing processes.

About You

About You

Our ideal candidate has:
  • Skill in processing purchases, bids and contracts in a timely manner, bonus for knowledge of Request for Proposals.

  • Knowledge of the public purchasing process and procurement specifications and requirements placed on vendors for City purchasing.

  • Skill in analyzing and researching requests for a variety of commodities and services.

  • Knowledge of various types of contracts, techniques for contracting or procurement, and contract negotiation and administration.

  • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to identify a problem or goal, gather information, evaluate alternatives, consider risks and make recommendations.

  • Ability to demonstrate positive attitude, excellent interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity, and a sense of humor in working with customers, coworkers, and community.

  • Ability to effectively use technology including email, internet, databases, and other procurement and contracting software

We know your time is valuable. Applicants who meet the following minimum requirements will be considered:

Education Requirement - Bachelor's Degree in Business, Public Administration, Management, or a related field.

Experience Requirement - Three (3) years of professional experience in diversified or large scale governmental or commercial purchasing.

Education/Experience Equivalency: One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education.

Other things to know:

This position is based out of the Central Library in the Civic Center area of downtown Denver and does not have free parking.

The Financial Services team works with a hybrid schedule with two days a week in the office.

After successful transition there are possibilities for flexible schedules, such as a 9/80 or 4/10 work schedule.

We anticipate this posting will close on 4/1/2023. Please submit an application at your earliest convenience in order to be considered.

About Everything Else

Job Profile
LA1311 Buyer Senior
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Position Type

Library Hiring Range
$63,801.00 - $74,169.00

Starting Pay
$63,801 - $74,169

Denver Public Library

Assessment Requirement

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