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Procurement Associate (Buyer I or II, 2 positions)

Apply now Job no: 531911
Work type: Staff
Location: Chico
Categories: Unit 7 - CSUEU - Clerical and Administrative Support Services, Finance/Accounting, Temporary, Full Time
Position Description

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:

California State University (CSU), Chico is a comprehensive and residential public university, holding Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation. Chico State operates as part of the 23-campus CSU system, which educates the most ethnically, economically, and academically diverse student body in the nation. The University enrolls over 15,000 students, with over half identifying as first-generation college students.

Chico State is committed to recruiting outstanding candidates who reflect the intersectional identities of our student body. The ideal candidate will embrace our values predicated on the primacy of student success and the elimination of equity gaps, have demonstrated experience working with diverse populations, and will contribute to policies, programs, and practices that support an inclusive, accessible, and equitable learning and working environment. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, veterans, and those with diverse abilities are encouraged to apply.

Job/Department Summary:

BUYER I: Under general supervision, incumbent will process commodity and service transactions for the campus, including other responsibilities related to the purchasing process.

BUYER II: Working independently, under general supervision, the Buyer II is a journey level position in the Procurement and Contract Services unit. Incumbent performs a wide range of purchasing functions, for the campus community, in compliance with CSU policies, sound business principles, practices, California state statues, codes, regulations and laws. Typical activities involve purchasing routine, non-routine, specialized, and/or unique, commodities and services, researching and developing specifications and evaluation criteria for bidding, reviewing, negotiating, and preparing standard service contracts and leases, assisting with the quote/bid process (informal and formal) including major and minor capital public work projects, and performing related administrative tasks.

Required Education and Experience:


Equivalent to an undergraduate degree in purchasing, accounting, marketing, general business, or other appropriate field;
Full-time equivalent to one year of purchasing experience as a buyer or buyer trainee in a competitive bid setting, or in the processing or administration of contracts, service agreements, or leases.

*The required education may be substituted for experience which demonstrates that the applicant has successfully applied the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above on a full-time equivalent year-for-year basis.


Equivalent to two years purchasing experience at a level equivalent to Buyer I with background in areas such as formal competitive bidding processes, development of contracts, service agreements, leases, or other written legal agreements
Equivalent to an undergraduate degree in purchasing, marketing, accounting, business, or other appropriate field.

*Additional experience which has demonstrated that the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledge and abilities shown above may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Preferences for both BUYER I OR II:

Preference may be given to applicants with the following as they may be considered specialized skills: 

  • Bilingual.
  • A valid certification (CPM, CPSM, APP, etc.) earned from a nationally recognized purchasing organization (American Purchasing Society, National Association of Education Procurement, California Association of Public Procurement Officials, etc.).
  • Two years of experience developing complex Request for Quotes (RFQ) and/or Request for Proposals (RFP) and other formal bidding.
  • Two years of recent, relevant, work experience negotiating complex contracts.
  • Demonstrated thorough knowledge of accounting principles and practices as they relate to the purchasing process.
  • Two years of legal work experience, or certification as a Paralegal or a Juris Doctorate (J.D.).
  • Masters degree in a job related field, such as business or economics.

Time Base: Full-time

Pay Plan: 12/12

Work Schedule: Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm, Summer: Mon-Thurs 7:00am-5:30pm. 

CSU Classification Salary Range: 

BUYER I: $42,288 - $76,476 per year. 

BUYER II: $46,944 - $84,960 per year.

Benefits: This position qualifies for benefits including tuition fee waiver (if eligible).

CSU, Chico offers a number of benefits to its employees (e.g., sick leave, vacation, health insurance).  For more information please visit

Additional Information for both BUYER I or II:

California State University, Chico, in accordance with CSU policy, requires that the successful candidate complete a background check (including a criminal records check, sexual offender registry check, and/or fingerprinting) prior to assuming this position. Failure to satisfactorily complete or pass the background check may impact the job offer or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for posted positions identified as sensitive. This position is considered a sensitive position based on CSU guidelines. Incumbent is responsible for the safety and security of Level 1 data, sometimes also referred to as Level 1 protected data. This is confidential information that is in most cases protected by statutes, regulations, or other legal mandates.

The duties of this position will include participation in a decision that may have a material/financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, this is a “designated position” under the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code and the incumbent will be required to file a Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest and is subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission. (Group/Category: Buyer (all level), CAT-02, CAT-03).

About Chico State:

Graduate and undergraduate programs boast high-quality research experiences, exceptional faculty mentoring, and civic and global engagement opportunities. The campus motto, “Today Decides Tomorrow,” is brought to life by inclusive pedagogy, experiential learning, and co-curricular programming. The Chico Experience prepares students to be critical thinkers, engaged citizens, and inspired stewards of environmental, social, and economic resources. Together, they will become leaders solving the challenges of the 21st century. 

The campus is located in Northern California, 90 minutes from the state capital, Sacramento, and a three-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area. Chico offers year-round natural beauty, outdoor leisure activities, and a thriving arts, music, and events scene. We acknowledge and are mindful that Chico State stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, the Mechoopda, and we recognize their distinctive spiritual relationship with this land, the flora, the fauna, and the waters that run through campus.  We are humbled that our campus resides upon sacred lands that since time immemorial have sustained the Mechoopda people and continue to do so today.

The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.

Chico State is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (i.e. H-1B Visas).

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