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Purchasing Agent

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Union Sanitary District


Union City, CA
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Do you care about the environment?   Are you interested in public service?  Do you want to work with others that share the same level of commitment? Looking for a career with excellent salary and benefits?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will want to consider working for us!  

Union Sanitary District (USD) is an award-winning, innovative independent special district formed in 1918 providing wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal services to the residents and businesses in the Tri-cities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City in southern Alameda County (south-eastern Bay Area). USD is committed to providing exceptional service to our customers through the fulfillment of our

Mission Statement, To safely and responsibly collect and treat wastewater, and to recover resources from process waste streams, while protecting human health and improving the environment in a way that benefits the Tri-Cities and all USD stakeholders.

About the Job

We are currently recruiting for a Purchasing Agent for our Finance and Acquisition Services Team.  In our team environment, you'll be responsible for planning, performing and reviewing the work processes for purchasing, renting, leasing materials, supplies, equipment and services for the District.  You'll also schedule and coordinate formal and informal bid solicitation packages, assisting internal customers in administration of contracts.

The following is a list of just some of the things you will be working on:

Review and analyze requisitions to determine the most effective purchase acquisition method and procedures;

Conduct bid openings; analyze bids and proposals, including performing price and cost analyses;

Coordinate and follow up on formal bidding process to ensure that deadlines are met and required processes are followed in conformance with procurement rules and regulations and District policies and procedures;

Develop or oversee the development of District terms and conditions that govern purchases of all types of goods and services;

Participate in activities related to warehouse operations including receipt and issuance of materials, materials inspection, and inventory maintenance.

Administer the risk management program, including monitoring and analyzing liability and property coverage;

Develop, review, and administer contractual and indemnity plan requirements; review contracts, basic license agreements, and other agreements for compliance with requirements.

Administer the District's Cal Card program.

About You

You must be detail-oriented, highly organized, able to balance multiple areas of responsibility, complete work of a highly detailed nature, possess strong computer skills, have the willingness to learn the technical aspects of the waste water industry and have strong interpersonal communication skills. Additionally, you must be able to prioritize work according to changing situations and requirements and be able to work effectively as an individual contributor in a team-based structure.

A typical way to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position include:

Education and Experience:

Completion of four years' college or its equivalent in business, accounting, public administration, or a related field, and four years' increasingly responsible journey-level public sector purchasing experience. Additional applicable purchasing experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis, to a maximum of two years.

Must have knowledge of public sector purchasing principles and best practices,

including legal aspects of public purchasing, contract negotiations, minority vendor development practices.

Knowledge of risk management principles and practices including resolving disputes and claims.

Ability to analyze technical purchasing problems, complex specifications and proposals and perform cost and price analyses and job cost allocations.

Ability to prepare clear and concise written materials, including proposals, specifications, correspondence, and reports.

Have excellent customer service skills and can work effectively in a team based organization that focuses on continuous improvement; demonstrate strong two-way communication skills, including the ability to listen, explain and facilitate.

Must possess a valid Class C California driver's license, have and maintain a satisfactory driving record, and be insurable by the District to operate District vehicles.  Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) or Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) certification desirable.

Excellent Benefits

We also offer an excellent benefits package including:

CalPERS retirement 2.5% at 55 formula. (If new to CalPERS or not from an agency with reciprocity with CalPERS, the formula is 2% at 62 by pension reform law.)

Medical, dental and vision insurance substantially paid for by the District for the employee and family.

Two weeks' vacation per year (increasing with longevity); and 13 paid holidays per year.

STD, LTD and Life Insurance paid by the District.

Alternative Work Week Schedule.

Deferred Compensation Plan with District match.

Educational Reimbursement, Student and Computer Loan programs for non-probationary employees.

The Details

(otherwise known as Important Application Information)

Applicants must

apply online


  by Friday, 3/9/2018 at 12:00 p.m.

.  Union Sanitary District is not responsible for the failure of Internet forms in submitting your application.

The most qualified candidates will be invited to a

Qualifications Appraisal Interview and Work Sample

scheduled for

Tuesday, 3/20/2018

Hiring interviews

are scheduled for

Monday, 4/2/2018

You will be contacted regarding all phases of this recruitment via email, so please check your inbox for correspondence regarding next steps and results through the exam process.

Please ensure that the email address on your application is correct and current before submitting your application.

  Before appointment to the position, the selected candidate must pass a criminal background check and provide a DMV report to show proof of insurability. 

Disaster Service Worker:

Employees of Union Sanitary District are, by state and federal law, Disaster Service Workers. In the event of a declaration of emergency, any employee may be assigned activities which promote the protection of public health and safety or the preservation of lives and property either at the District or within the local, or your own community.


Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or selection process should advise Human Resources by emailing upon submittal of application.

Union Sanitary District is an equal opportunity employer encouraging workforce diversity.

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