Purchasing Assistant

Purchasing Assistant

Closes On: March 3, 2019 at 04:30 PM PST

Location: Central Shop, Bellingham, WA 98225
Department: Public Works – Equipment Svcs
Job Status: Full-Time
Shift: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Status: Accepting Applications
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Job Summary
Whatcom County Public Works has a vacancy for the Purchasing Assistant position, one of three employees working under the Purchasing Coordinator for Central Shop’s Equipment Services division.
Key duties of the Purchasing Assistant position include:
Assists with coordinating the purchase of supplies, materials, equipment and rentals.
Maintains and monitors inventory of stock, tools, parts, supplies and materials on hand, replacing and updating as required within assigned areas.
Issues, tracks and maintains equipment and driver fueling cards.
Researches parts and equipment both independently and in coordination with vendors.
Prepares and/or assists with the preparation of requisitions, specifications, cost and quantity estimates, purchase orders and bid documents.
Ensures expenditures remain within approved budget and purchasing policies.
Enters data and prepares necessary reports.
Operates a forklift and loader to unload and move freight as needed.
For more information please review the job description.
Work Location: Central Shop, 901 W. Smith Road, Bellingham.

Requires a high school diploma or GED AND 3 years of increasingly responsible purchasing experience in the automotive or heavy equipment field.
Experience serving departments engaged in construction and mechanical activities desired, including tools and components associated with vehicle and equipment mechanical repairs.
Requires the ability to lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds.
Background check must meet County criteria.
Must have a driving record that meets County standards and possess a valid driver’s license at time of hire and throughout employment.


This position is covered by the Teamsters Master Collective Bargaining Agreement with Whatcom County and paid according to the contract terms in pay range 110.0 ($18.12 – $27.12 per hour).
Hiring rate is within the first three steps of the salary range: $18.12 to $19.60 per hour, DOQ.
The County offers excellent benefits, paid holidays and vacation, and participation in the State Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).

Application Special Instructions

A Cover Letter and Resume are also required.  Please attach them to your online application using the Document Upload area at the bottom of the application.