Purchasing Specialist I

  • James City County
  • James City County
  • Jan 27, 2023
Full time Government

Job Description

Purchasing Specialist I

$45,074 / year or higher DOQ + Full-Time County Benefits.

James City County’s Purchasing Division seeks an individual to perform experienced and independent work providing complex and specialized procurement services for a variety of supplies, materials, equipment and professional and non-professional consulting and other services required by, but not limited to, James City County, James City Service Authority (JCSA), Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA), and Williamsburg-James City County (WJCC) Public Schools staff.


  • Assists user departments in developing specifications, scope of work, invitation for bid/request for proposal criteria; provides direction for proper preparation of procurement documents; reviews procurement requests for adequacy and completeness makes changes to departmental submissions to ensure compliance with legal requirements, best procurement and standard business practices; provides procurement guidance and information to using agencies and vendors
  • Develops specifications used for requests for quotations and formal sealed bids; evaluates bid proposals and award contracts.
  • Prepares formal solicitation packages including review and preparation of adequate competitive specifications, required terms, conditions of bid/proposal, required bonding information, sample contract, special instructions, opening dates and times, bid advertisement notices and bidders list; prepares recommendation of acceptance or rejection of bids/proposals based on analysis.
  • Prepares, reviews and negotiates contracts for materials, equipment, supplies, and services; evaluates products to determine the most advantageous product to be purchased.
  • Assures that all assigned procurements are following federal, state and local procurement laws, policies and procedures, and good business practices.


  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to an associate degree in business, public administration, or related field or completion of professional certification from a recognized purchasing related organization; some related purchasing experience.
  • Must possess reliable transportation to work site(s).
  • Knowledge of purchasing practices; the Virginia Public Procurement Act; computer-based purchasing information systems; principles and processes for providing customer service including setting and meeting quality standards for services; evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Skill in active listening; negotiation; use of computer software, especially Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to research for and prepare formal solicitation packages; facilitate meetings; communicate both orally and in writing.

Click here for full job description. Accepting applications until 11:59pm EST on 02/10/2023. Cover letters and resumes may also be attached, but a fully completed application is required for your application to be considered.

Only online applications to our website will be considered. To apply, please visit the James City County Career Center at https://jobs.jamescitycountyva.gov