Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

TITLE: Purchasing Specialist

CLASS: Classified




Performs a variety of administrative duties for the Procurement Department including analyzing requisitions in accordance with College policy and State regulations; responding to user departments and vendor inquiries, and creating and maintaining vendor and contract databases. Job requires technical knowledge of the procurement function and well-developed verbal skills to present and exchange complex information.


  1. Reviews and analyzes requisitions submitted by departmental staff according to established purchasing policies, procedures and State regulations.
  2. Serves as liaison between user departments and vendors; answers inquiries related to requisitions, purchase orders and other related finance documents.
  3. Works closely with Accounts Payable, user departments and other finance staff to make necessary modifications to existing purchase orders and ensure they are processed and invoices are paid accordingly. Assists Accounts Payable with year-end tax reporting (e.g. 1099's) and Accounting Services with Comprehensive Annual Financial Report of the College.
  4. Maintains vendor and contract databases online and Professional Services Agreement files; operates a computer to enter, update and maintain records; generates computer reports and lists as assigned. Maintains department intranet website.
  5. Provides responses to vendors and user department inquiries regarding College procurement policies and State statutes.
  6. Provides assistance in obtaining price quotations for goods and services. In collaboration with Buyer/Contract Specialist participates in formal solicitation process.
  7. Functions as back-up to Procurement Card Administrator as needed.
  8. Reviews Travel Authorization Requests for accuracy and compliance with College procedures prior to entering data on line.
  9. Participates in the analysis and implementation of goals and objectives for the Procurement Department.
  10. Participates in Minority, Women and Emerging Small Businesses outreach events. Coordinates Intergovernmental Cooperative Purchasing Activities.
  11. Maintains current knowledge of public procurement practices and related regulations by attending training sessions.
  12. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Work is performed in an office environment. Exposure to video display terminals occurs on a regular basis. Learned physical skill is required for keyboarding and/or ten-key function.


High School diploma or equivalent; one year of training or college level course work with emphasis in business administration or related area. Relevant experience may substitute for the training or college level course work on a year-for-year basis.

One year of related purchasing or buying experience. Basic Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable knowledge and experience with data entry and computerized purchasing system.

REV: 3/11

REPLACES: 3/29/04