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General Duty Statement

Performs entry level professional purchasing procedures in the acquisition of goods and services from a variety of vendors including small, women, and minority owned businesses. Participates with other buyers in planning for acquisition of goods and services. Provides basic buying and contracting services. Serves as liaison between the Procurement Division and internal and external customers. Refers or resolves questions or concerns from users, vendors, and the public. Assists in conducting market surveys, research, and analysis. Participates in Division programs, plans, and projects. Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.

Essential Functions are the functions that the individual holding the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The Essential Functions for this position are identified in the Supplemental Information section of the Buyer I Job Description.

The City of Saint Paul's mission is to integrate equity and inclusion into how we approach all our work. Our vision is to be committed to building an equitable and inclusive city that will shift culture in city processes and policies, eliminate structural inequities, and ensure timely and relevant access to services, resources, support, and opportunity to every person in Saint Paul.

Requirements may be met by one of the following:
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Management, Supply Chain Management, Material Management, Accounting, or closely related field
  • Associate's degree, or sixty semester credits, in Public Administration, Management, Supply Chain Management, Material Management, Accounting, or closely related field and two years of procurement experience.

A combination of education and experience may be substituted to equal at least four (4) years for this position.
By Closing Date, you MUST
  1. Submit a City of Saint Paul online application, including answers to the Supplemental Questionnaire.
  2. Upload or submit the following document via the online application system, mail, in person, email, or fax. (Zip files and web links will not be accepted. Each uploaded attachment is limited to 10 MB.)
  • A resume (optional)
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Selection Process Information

Qualifications Rating: The Qualifications Rating is an assessment of your completed application, answers to the Supplemental Questionnaire, and your resume. Be as specific and detailed as possible in completing your application and any attachments. You must submit your completed application, supplemental questionnaire and any attachments by the application deadline.


Open Job Posting: This posting is open to anyone who meets the position requirements.

Eligible Lists: Eligible lists typically are created from a pass/fail assessment. Those who pass the assessment will be placed on an eligible list for approximately one year. Hiring Managers may interview/hire anyone from the list.

Final Selection Process: A Hiring Manager will consider applicants placed on the list of eligible candidates. You will be notified if you are invited to participate in the final selection process which may include an interview, job simulation, work sample submission, or other evaluation method. 

Condition of Employment: Candidates will be required to submit proof of education to Human Resources upon conditional job offer. The City of Saint Paul encourages individuals to apply for positions regardless of criminal history.

Human Resources Contact Information:  
Dan Ferralez at 651-266-6596
200 City Hall Annex
25 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Fax: 651-266-6490
To refer to this information, we recommend you print this job posting before you apply. For technical assistance regarding the online application, please call 1-855-524-5627 during regular business hours.
Veteran's Preference: If you are a veteran and would like to receive Veteran's preference in accordance with MN Statute 197.455, you must submit a photocopy of your DD214 preferably at time of application. Click here for more information.

The City of Saint Paul is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Veterans, women, persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.