State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $37,410.00-$58,943.00 Yearly




This is work at the experienced level in the field of professional governmental purchasing.

Employees in this class are assigned to a purchasing team and are responsible for the purchase of supplies, materials, and equipment for a group of commodities used by all State agencies. The employee in this class locates and determines sources of supply for a variety of materials within an assigned commodity group. The employee analyzes bid documents, drawings, and literature submitted by bidders in order to evaluate their offerings for compliance with State specifications on commodities within an assigned commodity group. The employee must have a thorough knowledge of and be able to apply and establish competitive bid purchasing techniques and procedures. To be effective, the employee must be knowledgeable about trends, supply availability and changing market conditions of commodities within his/her assigned commodity group.

The employee develops or modifies product specifications to meet specific needs of agencies and provides technical advice regarding specifications, standards, standard packaging, product suitability and alternatives to equal quality to using agencies.

This employee has responsibility for the economical purchase of suitable products for using State agencies. Employees at this level are allowed to contract for assigned commodities at a specific dollar value as determined from time to time.

Direction is received from a Buyer III, IV, or Supervisor of the bureau. Work effectiveness is determined by review of quality of requests for quotations, degree of competition obtained, value of prices offered in terms of functions to be performed and frequency of controversy due to inadequate specifications. An employee in this class may supervise paraprofessional and clerical employees on assigned projects, and assist in the orientation of new Buyers to the Purchasing Bureau operations.


Reviews and analyzes requisitions;

Writes product specifications and standards to achieve maximum competition and to effect fair and equitable awards;

Establishes and maintains a list of active suppliers within an assigned commodity group;

Obtains bids and analyzes bid documents to make or recommend awards;

Keeps informed on the availability, quality, suitability and price of goods;

Develops new sources of supply;

Studies market trends, keeps abreast of new products and technological changes and advises management accordingly;

Maintains contact with and advises State agencies on product suitability and availability;

Prepares documentation and justification of bidding for audit purposes;

Does market research, value analyses and life cycle costing as assigned;

Performs other related duties.


Working knowledge of the market value and sources of supply for a variety of supplies, materials, and equipment; of competitive bid purchasing principles, methods and procedures;

Ability to apply laws, regulations and policies governing the State Purchasing Bureau; to interpret narrative and technical product specifications and standards; determine product suitability; to maintain effective and favorable relations with suppliers, State agencies’ personnel, Purchasing Bureau associates and subordinates; to prepare and maintain a variety of narrative and numerical administrative records and reports; to comprehend market trends and product developments and to apply that knowledge to procurement activities.


Education: Graduation from a standard high school or possession of a State high school equivalence certificate.

Experience: Three years of experience as a buyer performing work involving development of vendor source and the procurement of a variety of supplies, materials, equipment and services.

Notes: Applicants may substitute additional education at an accredited college or university for up to one year of the required experience at a rate of 30 semester credit hours for one year of experience.




Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

Date Revised

Feb 13 1981 12:00AM

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 000160; EST: ; REV: 2/13/1981;

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