Purchaser III
Texas Department of Transportation - Houston, TX

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Performs technical purchasing functions for the Department. Work involves research, study and evaluation of assigned commodities, supplies and services . Advises district, division and office personnel on purchasing procedures and quality of commodities, supplies and services . Work requires contact with other governmental and private entities. Employees at this level perform work independently on assignments; however, all unusual issues are referred to the supervisor .


Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree in business or public administration, business management, liberal or industrial arts. plus one (1) year purchasing experience . Additional experience or technical training in purchasing-related activities may be substituted for education on a year per year basis. Must be certified as a Certified Texas Purchaser (CTP) or Certified Texas Procurement Manager (CTPM) or must obtain the Texas certification within twelve (12) months of the date of hire . Will be delegated signature authority under existing Department policy. (Experience requirements may be satisfied by full-time experience or the prorated part-time equivalent.)

The Texas Penal Code (Section 32.52) prohibits the use of fraudulent or substandard degrees. Education and degree information listed on applications will be verified for all final applicants. See "Education Verification" on Careers page for information on verifying degrees.


Thorough knowledge of

Technical specification writing

Goods and services purchased by the Department

State rules and procedures associated with expediting, ordering, purchasing and warehousing laws, policies and procedures

Considerable knowledge of

Mainframe systems and operations

Proficient skill in

Researching, analyzing and interpreting policies and state and federal laws and regulations

Public relations for maintaining effective working relationships with individuals and groups

The use of basic mathematical fundamentals

The responsibilities associated with administrative practices and procedures to include writing, editing and report writing techniques, recording meeting notes, record keeping and records management

Developing and giving presentations

The use of personal computers and applicable programs, applications and systems


Develops and writes technical equipment, material and service specifications and works with the user to evaluate requirements for the items to be purchased.

Reviews and analyzes bids and makes award recommendations to the General Services Division or the Comptroller of Public Accounts' Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS) .

Prepares requisitions for contract and open market purchases and makes delegated purchases .

Prepares specification tabulations which involves conducting market research, obtaining literature and comparing features to user needs.

Keeps abreast and reports on the impact of technological and price changes in goods and services.

Makes recommendations on standardization of equipment, materials, supplies and services .

Prepares correspondence to departmental staff, vendors and/or the TPASS regarding updates on literature, clarification of specifications, bid reviews, expediting delivery and coordinating testing/evaluation of products.

Answers questions, provides guidance and acts as liaison between districts, divisions and offices and vendors.

Coordinates and compiles basic and complex reports.

Responsible for the achievement of individually established Historically Underutilized Business participation goals .

Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


Applicants who do not apply online must respond to the following questions which appear on the attached Questions Document and submit it with the completed Employment Application:

Are you currently certified as a Certified Texas Purchaser (CTP) or a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) or an Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (APP)?


Successful completion of a criminal background check to include verification of identification and residency, and a national fingerprint-based records check at the employer's expense is required.

Driver 's record check will be conducted by the Department. Satisfactory driving records are required for driving state or personal vehicles and motor driven equipment to conduct agency business.

Must attend work regularly and observe approved work hours.

External final applicants for any department position who could potentially be required to drive for the department must pass a drug test prior to employment and will be subject to reasonable cause testing during employment.

External final male applicants who are 18-25 years of age will be required to furnish proof of registration or exemption from registration with the Selective Service System.

Successful completion of a post-offer/pre-employment physical exam at the employer's expense is required.

If hired, employee must provide document(s) within three(3) days of hire date that establish identity and employment eligibility. A complete list of acceptable documents is on file with the local Texas Workforce Commission office.

Department employees or family members will not have, either directly or indirectly, any financial or other personal interest in a department (or a TxDOT) contract or subcontract of any kind. A contract may not be awarded to an entity that is owned in whole or in part by any TxDOT employee or immediate family member.

As part of its employment process, TxDOT may procure or have prepared a criminal background check. An applicant with an unsatisfactory criminal background check report is ineligible to be hired for the position for which the report is initiated.

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