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Estimated Pay $24 per hour
Hours Full-time
Location Austin, Texas

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Job Posting Title:
Departmental Buyer

Hiring Department:
Applied Research Laboratories

Position Open To:
All Applicants

Weekly Scheduled Hours:

FLSA Status:

Earliest Start Date:

Position Duration:
Expected to Continue


Job Details:

Process purchase requests in a research & development environment; develop sources of supply, secure bids, and award orders. Locate products/services, provide pricing, maintain status database, resolve difficulties and provide guidance for best method to effect a purchase order

  • Secure bids via telephone and email, award, and make award recommendations. Develop sources of supply. Prepare necessary documentation complying with UT and federal regulations to effect a Purchase Order. Including but not limited to maintaining the ProCard files, posting information to the Procard Transaction Log as issued by UT Office of Accounting to track charges and assist in voucher preparation. Prepares, submits, and reconciles Procard as required by the UT Accounting Office.
  • Assist in locating products and services required to meet contractual requirements. Provides pricing for contract cost estimates and planning. Provide advance planning and guidance concerning approvals and procedures. Ensures database provides accurate and current order information.
  • Responsible for data entry, retrieval, and use of information from the ARL: UT IRIS database as well as the UT DEFINE/POINT PLUS System. Responsible for accurate and thorough data entry retrieval and use of information on 1) ARL: UT database for record keeping, order tracking, and status reporting, and 2) UT DEFINE/POINT PLUS System.
  • Provide back-up support to one or more purchasers within the Purchasing Office via in-person, telephone, database, or email.
  • Regular rotating assignments and/or other special projects at the direction of the Senior Departmental Buyer or Office Manager.
  • Other related functions as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • One year as a full time purchaser.
  • One year demonstrated ability in purchasing, including source selection, taking bids and awarding orders or making award recommendations.
  • Recent strong computer skills in MS Office, Adobe Acrobat and use of internet for purchasing and related functions.
  • Ability to work independently with sensitive and confidential information, maintain a professional demeanor, work as a team member and effectively communicate with many groups of clients.
  • Able to work under pressure and accept supervision.
  • Regular and punctual attendance.
  • Experience providing successful customer service in person and by phone.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with various internal and external customers.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work efficiently and flexibly in a fast paced environment.
  • Outstanding organizational and time-management skills.
  • Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

US Citizen: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information at the level appropriate to the project requirements of the position.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Business.
  • More than one year as a full time purchaser.
  • Preferred applicant would be a Certified Texas Contract Developer (CTCD).
  • Preferred applicant would have more than one year experience with UT, State of Texas, DoD, City Government, or research and development procurement.
  • Knowledgeable in procurement procedures (competitive procurement, value analysis, source selection, and negotiating techniques).
  • Minimum 5 years experience with MS Office, Adobe Acrobat, and Internet. Experience soliciting and making awards to Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) concerns; maintaining data on small, woman-owned, minority-owned and veteran-owned business concerns.
  • Working knowledge of Export Control regulations.

General Notes

An agency designated by the federal government handles the investigation as to the requirement for eligibility for access to classified information. Factors considered during this investigation include but are not limited to allegiance to the United States, foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations, drug involvement, the likelihood of continuation of such conduct, etc.

Please mark "yes" on the application question that asks if additional materials are required. Failure to attach all additional materials listed below may result in a delay in application processing.

Visit our website ( for additional information about Applied Research Laboratories.

UT Austin offers a competitive benefits package that includes:
• 100% employer-paid basic medical coverage
• Retirement contributions
• Paid vacation and sick time
• Paid holidays
Please visit our Human Resources (HR) website to learn more about the total benefits offered.

Salary Range

$40,000-$48,000+/negotiable depending on qualifications.

Working Conditions
  • Standard office conditions
  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation
  • Use of manual dexterity
  • Some weekend, evening and holiday work
  • Possible interstate/intrastate travel

Required Materials
  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

Employment Eligibility:
Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

Retirement Plan Eligibility:
The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.

Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university's company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:
  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]



Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the most recent report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe Street, UTA 2.206, Austin, Texas 78701.