PURCHASING AGENT

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF), a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located on the eastern edge of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area in scenic west central Wisconsin. Year-round arts, cultural, and recreational activities and events are easily accessible from River Falls. The 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students at UWRF pursue degrees in four colleges: Education and Professional Studies; Arts and Sciences; Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; and Business and Economics.  UWRF provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, research, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunities for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued.  More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu

Location:  This position is located in Purchasing Services at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Salary:  Starting rate is between $17.072 to $20.00 per hour, depending on qualifications, plus excellent benefits.  A six-month probationary period is required.  The pay schedule/range is 07-04.  This position is not represented by a bargaining unit. 

Job Duties:  This professional level position has responsibility to provide administrators, faculty and staff with information on proper procurement policies and procedures according to DOA and UW System policies.  It is responsible for examining, authorizing, and processing purchase requisitions to purchase orders.  This position acts as liaison with university departments and vendors assisting with ordering information, vendor selection, verifying state contracts, problem solving, and expediting delivery.  This position obtains verbal and written quotes and decides when additional bids are needed and assists with bid and proposal processing. This position serves as the Program Administrator for the campus wide Procurement Card Program and Shop@UW. This position serves as a liaison between UW River Falls, DOA, the purchasing card provider and its affiliates.  Responsibilities include, but not limited to, processing procurement card and Shop@UW applications, cancellation of cards and Shop@UW accounts, maintenance of all credit card records, determining monthly spending limits, training cardholders in the proper use of credit card, and monitoring purchases of cardholders.  This position reports to the University Controller under general supervision and functions independently in decision-making. 

Special Notice: For a copy of UW River Falls campus safety information and crime statistics/Annual Security Report see http://www.uwrf.edu/Police/CampusRecordsCrimes.cfm or call Public Safety at (715)425-3133 for a paper copy.  A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.    

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  Knowledge of the State of Wisconsin's procurement policy and procedures, State Purchasing Card Program, and procurement of both products and services.  Experience managing and administering procurement contracts.  Ability to interpret rules and regulations and excellent customer service skills with vendors and department personnel.  Position must have effective negotiation skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; and strong organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks.  Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access Database; PeopleSoft/SFS, WISDM, USBank Access On-Line.  Must have the ability to effectively use all office machines.   

How to Apply:  Applicants must take the Purchasing Agent exam offered by the Office of State Employment Relations to be considered for this position.  The exam will be administered in 14 locations across the state on Saturday, February 8.  You must pre-register by January 29 to take the exam.  Go to http://bit.ly/wimonthlyexamslink to pre-register.  Select "Pierce County/Area 47" when completing your application.  If you have questions, please contact Deb Schwabmail at (715) 425-3221, e-mail debra.schwab@uwrf.edumail.  

UW-River Falls is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin. All persons, especially women, persons of color, and the people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.