Purchasing Technician (#RO4900)
$24.16-$29.37 Hourly / $4,187.58-$5,090.03 Monthly / $50,250.98-$61,080.38 Yearly


Under immediate supervision, assists in performing work of routine difficulty in the centralized purchasing of supplies, materials, equipment and other commodities; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is trainee level class in the purchasing series. An employee in this class learns, and assists with the more routine economical purchasing of commodities, supplies and materials.


  • Assists in reviewing and analyzing low-dollar requisitions for commodities; assists departments in determining if items specified are best suited for departmental needs.
  • Learns the preparation of bid invitations; learns and assists in analyzing bids for compliance with specifications.
  • Participates in conferring with representatives of manufacturing and commercial firms regarding suitability, availability and prices of commodities.
  • Assists in the preparation of purchase orders to selected vendors; checks purchase orders for accuracy and compliance with specifications when complete; confers with appropriate department personnel on possible alternate items.
  • May supervise clerical personnel as required.


Education: Completion of 60 semester units from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in public or business administration, political science, economics, or other field with emphasis in commercial subjects.

Experience: Two years experience equivalent to Specialist Clerk in San Joaquin County.


The principles and practices of business administration; record keeping principles and techniques; methods of locating and verifying information, and of using source material; public relations techniques.


Read, understand and apply written regulations and other job-related materials; understand and follow written and oral instructions; review work for accuracy and procedural conformance; learn and apply the principles and practices used in the purchasing of commodities; establish and maintain effective working relations with a variety of individuals including operating departments and vendor representatives.


San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RO4900; EST: 3/14/1990;