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Associate Purchasing Agent Relevant Educational Qualifications Job

3 months ago Other categories Saint Paul   111 views
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What you would do in this job

  • Administer the requisition to purchase order process for information services orders.
  • Enter and review all requests for proper information such as account coding, fund availability, and proper authorization.
  • Request and compare quotes from multiple vendor submissions
  • Contact suppliers to expedite purchase orders and track past due purchase orders.
  • Resolve any receiving issues for materials and manage the return of discrepant material to suppliers.
  • Process hardware and software annual renewals in a timely fashion.
  • Process receiving on orders as they arrive.
  • Assist with and resolve invoice and accounting discrepancies.
  • Track the budgets under the IS area to ensure budget is available for expenditures prior to processing orders.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What education and experience are required for this job (minimum qualifications)

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Operations, Procurement or a related field.


  • Associate's Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Operations, Procurement or a related field AND two years of full-time work experience in Procurement, or Finance.


  • High School Diploma OR GED AND four years of full-time work experience in Procurement, or Finance.

In addition to meeting one of the above required minimums the following are highly desired:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Operations, Procurement or a related field.
  • Experience within Purchasing, Operations, or Finance.
  • Experience with purchasing and inventory information management systems (ERP).
  • Experience with procurement process.
  • Strong attention to detail, follow-through skills and excellent customer service.

What knowledge, skills and abilities you should have:

  • Knowledge of personal computer skills; including spreadsheets, databases, and word processing.
  • Ability to analyze and understand mathematically prices, estimates, and forecasted costs of products/services.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and standard operating procedure manuals.
  • Ability to problem solve and recommend researched solutions.
  • Excellent organizational/administrative skills.
  • Ability to train others on a complex system of government procurement requirements
  • Excellent prioritization skills.
  • Familiar with current technology software and hardware in the marketplace
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

What you can expect from us:

  • We offer the opportunity to make a difference and positively influence the Twin Cities metropolitan area and the residents we serve.
  • We encourage our employees to enhance their skills through on-site training and tuition reimbursement.
  • We provide a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a good work/life balance.

More about why you should join us!
Additional information

Union/Grade: American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees / Grade F
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Safety Sensitive: No

What steps the recruitment process involves:

1. We review your minimum qualifications.
2. We rate your education and experience.
3. We conduct a structured panel interview.
4. We conduct a selection interview.

Once you have successfully completed the steps above, then:

If you are new to the Metropolitan Council , you must pass a drug test (safety sensitive positions only) and a background check, which verifies education and employment, covers driving record (if applicable to the job) and any criminal record. If you have a criminal conviction, you do not automatically fail. The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis, based on whether they are related to the job and whether the candidate has demonstrated adequate rehabilitation.

If you are already an employee of the Metropolitan Council , you must pass a drug test (if moving from a non-safety sensitive position to a safety sensitive position) and criminal background check if the job you're applying for is safety sensitive, is a supervisory or management job, is in the Finance, Information Services or Human Resources departments, or has access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers or transit fare cards.

IMPORTANT: If you make a false statement or withhold information, you may be barred from job consideration.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and veteran-friendly employer. The Council is committed to a workforce that reflects the diversity of the region and strongly encourages persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, women, and veterans to apply. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please email (see application details) .

We believe our employees are a key to our agency's success! In order to attract and retain high quality employees, the Council provides a highly competitive benefits package both in choice and coverage levels. Some highlights about our benefits are listed below:

  • Guaranteed monthly retirement income through Minnesota State Retirement System pension fund
  • Opportunity to save additional funds for retirement on a tax-deferred basis through a voluntary deferred compensation (457) plan
  • Two or more medical plans from which to choose, with employer contribution towards premiums over 80%
  • Dental insurance, life insurance and vision insurance

The following benefits are provided to all employees as part of working for the Council. You will have access to free:

  • Well@Work clinic
  • bus/rail pass valued at over $1200 per year
  • parking at many job locations
  • fitness centers at many job locations
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • extensive health and wellness programs and resources

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Company Description
The Metropolitan Council is the regional policy-making body, planning agency, and provider of essential services for the Twin Cities metropolitan region. The Council’s mission is to foster efficient and economic growth for a prosperous region.
At the Council, your work matters. Our employees drive the buses, plan the parks, support development, treat wastewater, and plan for future growth — all services that help the Twin Cities and its residents thrive.