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Buyer, Senior

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Business and Financial Services

Posting Number: req16818

Department: Steward Observatory

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Department of Steward Observatory seeks to fill a full time position of a Senior Buyer. The selected candidate will be responsible for the following duties for the department:

* Procurement - sourcing, selection, acquisition including writing and processing bids.

* Contracting - generates, coordinates, reviews, negotiates and monitors.

* Documentation/Compliance - creates and maintains ad hoc reporting and analysis on above.

* Export Control Compliance - understanding of EAR and ITAR regulations, Incoterms 2020, and customs broker requirements.

* Reporting/Instruction - coordinates with, and reports to the Associate Director of Steward Observatory, and the Director of Procurement. Provides instruction in business systems to department staff.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities


  • Represents the Observatory as a Procurement Officer with procurement signature authority for the University of Arizona working with principal investigators, program managers, funding agencies and vendors.
  • Manages and administers major procurements for Observatory programs and initiatives.
  • Performs professional buyer and procurement duties that are substantially varied and complex.
  • Provides procurement expertise in the sourcing, selection, and acquisition of materials/supplies/services.
  • Leads the formal and informal competitive bid and proposal processes for the Observatory.
  • Ensures compliance with all policies, procedures, and/or regulations that govern purchases made and contracts negotiated/approved.


  • Generates, coordinates, reviews, negotiates and monitors contracts working with principal investigators, program managers, department fiscal officers, in conjunction with UArizona Contracting and UArizona Procurement.


  • Creates and maintains ad hoc reporting and analysis: contracting.
  • Status reports, logs, procurement.
  • Files (either electronic or paper) sufficient to support and provide background for current and future department programs, and able to meet audit criteria from the University, State or Federal agencies.

Reporting and Instruction:

  • Creates, coordinates with and maintains comprehensive and regular reporting to the Associate Director of Steward Observatory and the Director of UArizona Procurement on activity and issues.
  • Reaches out to departmental personnel to educate in procurement and contracting processes and requirements.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with coordinating, writing, and assessment of complex bids.
  • Experience with generating, facilitating reviewing and negotiating contracts, including federal flow downs.
  • Experience with ITAR / EAR classifications and UA export control policies and procedures.
  • Bachelor's degree in Finance, Business, Accounting or related field.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Finance

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $53,039+ DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



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Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Mark Buglewicz

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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