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The City of Worcester is an EEO/AA Employer. Preference is given to Worcester residents.

If you wish to apply for this position, the deadline is Open Until Filled. Please note the following application options for this position:
  • Applicants are Encouraged to Apply Online
  • By Mailing to the Department of Human Resources, ATTN: ASSISTANT PURCHASING AGENT, 455 Main Street, Room 109, Worcester, MA 01608
    (If applying via US Mail, please include a completed Application Questionnaire & VSID)
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Full Time
40 Per Week
$69,230.53 - $90,435.90 annually


The City of Worcester’s Purchasing Division seeks qualified applicants for Assistant Purchasing Agent. The Assistant Purchasing Agent is a detail-oriented position requiring application of effective procurement methods consistent with legal and ethical requirements, and shall serve as an expert purchasing resource to all departments. This position is responsible for assisting in the direction, coordination, development and supervision of a group engaged in the procurement of materials, supplies, contracts, services, equipment at the lowest cost considering quality. The Assistant Purchasing Agent is also responsible for the processing and handling of Bid Invitations, Requests for Proposals (RFP), Requests for Quotations (RFQ), for service contract negotiation, and the approval and processing of accepted bids. This position assumes the delegated responsibilities of Purchasing Agent in his/her absence/unavailability.

The qualified applicant will have knowledge of purchasing principles and practices; knowledge of the principles and practices of effective supervision; knowledge of bookkeeping and accounting principles and practices; knowledge of negotiation of procurement contracts including development and use of bids; knowledge of modern purchasing techniques such as collective or cooperative purchasing, computerized systems, total cost biddings, cost-benefit analysis, cost reduction programs; and knowledge of procurement software and/or purchasing systems and protocols. The Assistant Purchasing agent will have the ability to read and interpret state laws, local ordinances and agency policies & contracts as they pertain to the purchasing process; to perform mathematical computations; computer proficiency including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook); strong written and verbal communication, and interpersonal skills; and strong attention to detail. The successful applicant will be required to attain MCPPO (MA Certified Public Purchasing Officer) Certification, if not already certified.

• Bachelor’s Degree in business or public administration, finance, accounting, or related field
• Three to five (3-5) years of purchasing/procurement experience
• Prior supervisory or managerial experience in an office-setting

• Master’s Degree in business or public administration, finance, accounting, or related field
• Five (5) years of purchasing/procurement experience of which at least three (3) years must be in a supervisory capacity
• Experience in public or government purchasing/procurement
• MCPPO Certification

SALARY RANGE: $69,230.53 - $90,435.90 annually, full-time, with an excellent benefits package.

To apply, please visit: www.worcesterma.gov/employment or send resume and cover letter to: City of Worcester, 455 Main Street, Room 109, Worcester, MA 01608. Open until filled. Preference is given to Worcester residents. The City of Worcester is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Direct inquiries to: City Hall, Human Resources, Room 109, 508-799-1030, HR@worcesterma.gov.

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