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Purchasing Agent

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Job Location:
Asheville, North Carolina
Business and Financial Services
Posting Details

Position Title Purchasing Agent

Position Type Full Time Regular

Annual Schedule 12 months

Expected Work Schedule Standard

Anticipated Days Monday - Friday

Anticipated Hours 8am – 5pm with occasional overtime

Anticipated Hours per Week 40

Work Location A-B Tech Main Campus

Job Description Summary

An employee in this position will be responsible for interpreting and administering state rules and regulations governing the procurement of goods and services to determine the best pricing, most expedient delivery method, and the highest level of suitability of needs in the manner that is compliant with state rules and regulations.


  1. Processes requisitions on a daily basis as they are received, reviewing for compliance with purchasing policies and procedures of both the College and the NC Division of Purchase and Contract.
  2. Compiles and refines specifications for solicitations and executes bidding processes according to local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and guidelines. Assures integrity in all aspects of the solicitation process.
  3. Develops and executes the strategic sourcing methodology for high-value, complex requisitions, collaborating with NC Division of Purchase and Contract or NC Department of IT and end-users as necessary.
  4. Serves as system administrator for NCID and NC eProcurement including set up, maintenance, user training, and troubleshooting of issues.
  5. Assists with developing and conducting training for faculty and staff on procurement process functions, both one-on-one and groups, and advises end users on questions regarding the submission of requisitions or sourcing commodities.
  6. Maintains vendor files and correspond with vendors on matters including, but not limited to: registering with NC eProcurement, obtaining W-9’s, completing credit applications, and resolving account issues.
  7. Prepares, submits, and maintains documentation for reports to external agencies, including but not limited to Historically Underutilized Businesses spend and purchasing flexibility.
  8. Provides quality customer service to faculty, staff, vendors, and external agencies.
  9. Contributes to the College Vision, Mission, Values, and RISE statement.
  10. Supports workforce diversity in all its aspects.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements (Applicant must meet all of the minimum requirements)

  1. Must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance or related field;
  2. Must have a minimum of two years of full-time or equivalent experience in procurement, contract management, or related field;
  3. Must have experience with Microsoft Office including Word and Excel.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Must have a minimum of a Master’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, or related field;
  2. Experience using the NC eProcurement system.
  3. Experience using Colleague;
  4. Work experience in a higher education institution or other public procurement organization; 
  5. Professional procurement certification such as CPPB;
  6. Proficiency in a foreign language such as Spanish, an East Slavic language, and/or American Sign Language.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicant Should: 

1. Read the following before submitting the Application:
2. Upload Required Documents:
  • When applicable, upload the relevant transcript that correlates to the degree requirement in the minimum requirement or preferred qualifications with in the job posting. The transcript must show the individual courses taken and the degree that is conferred or awarded. 
  1. If selected for hire, official sealed transcripts from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education are required to be received a minimum of two business weeks before the first day of work.
  2. Transcripts outside of the United States, must be accompanied by an evaluation completed by a NACES recognized agency and received by Human Resources at least two weeks prior to the first day of work.

Why Should I Work at A-B Tech?

A-B Tech is nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina and has served as the region’s premier two-year college since our establishment in 1959. With five locations, the College service area includes Buncombe and Madison Counties. We are a family of approximately 10,000 curriculum students, 14,000 continuing education students, and 1,100 faculty & staff. We offer an array of programs to meet local workforce needs which culminate in 55 degrees, 18 diplomas, and 56 certificates. A-B Tech is indicative of the modern comprehensive community college – providing innovative educational programming and collaborative community development. If you are dedicated to student and community success, then we invite you to explore employment opportunities at A-B Tech. We hope you will consider joining the A-B Tech Trailblazer family!

A-B Tech Welcoming Culture (R.I.S.E)

A-B Tech commits to demonstrating an inclusive and welcoming culture of Respect, Integrity, and Support for Everyone. This is evident by our RISE Committee, the Trailblazer RISE Award, and annual RISE projects including the Welcoming Classroom, Appreciative Advising, and more!

A-B Tech is looking for:

A person who shares our commitment to sustaining a workplace that offers equal employment opportunity for applicants and employees without discrimination based on race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, disability genetic information/medical history, age, and/or veteran/military status. In addition, the College prohibits discrimination based on any characteristic or condition protected by law, but not specifically mentioned here.

Review Date: (Application should be submitted by 8:00 a.m. EST on this date for consideration)

Start Date 11/08/2021

Keep Open Until Filled Yes

Salary or Hourly Pay Range (Salary is Non-Negotiable) Salary: $47,484 - $52,068 Total Comp: $68,659 - $74,610

Total Compensation

Your total compensation goes beyond this maximum salary. Your A-B Tech benefits represent nearly 30% of your total compensation. The total compensation for this position includes an 21.68% employer contribution to a defined pension plan, contributions towards medical and dental policies and fully funded life insurance / accidental death & dismemberment policy.

Benefits Summary

* Medical and Pharmacy Plan * Dental Plan * Vision Plan * Flexible Spending Accounts * Short and Long Term Disability * Death Benefits * Life Insurance * Supplemental Policies * Professional Liability * Vacation Leave up to 26 days per year * Sick Leave of 12 days per year * Holiday Leave * All required protected leaves plus: Civil, Bereavement, Parental, Community Service, Maternity/Paternity, Shared, Educational, Military * Tax-sheltered Supplemental Retirement Plans * Tuition Reimbursement Plan * State Employees Credit Union membership * Employee Assistance Network * Annual Flex Benefit * Alternative Work Schedules * Longevity Pay * Educational Attainment


A-B Tech’s Human Resources (HR) department is located on the main campus at the Sunnicrest House. This beautiful Tudor-style Historic house served as a private residence for guests of the Vanderbilt family for the first century of the home’s life. Today you will find a professional HR family that is dedicated to ensuring all employees and applicants receive fast and accurate answers, compassion, fairness, and kindness from Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. To ensure a prompt hiring process, please read the application directions located on the HR website. For questions, you may email us at
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