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at State of Hawaii

Posted: 9/21/2019
Job Reference #: 2366109

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Recruitment Information

Recruitment Number 219130

Level IV - $4,413 to $5,373 per month (SR-22, Step C to H)
Level V - $4,968 to $6,044 per month (SR-24, Step C to H)

Note: Hiring rates will be based on availability of funds, the applicant's qualifications, and other relevant factors.

This continuous recruitment may be closed at any time. The notice of the last day to file applications will be posted on the State of Hawaii's Civil Service Job Opportunities Listing page of our website.

Duties Summary

Purchasing Specialists work in the State's central purchasing agency in the Department of Accounting and General Services the duties of which involve performing and/or supervising and managing the purchasing of a wide variety of goods and services for the departments throughout the State; technical resource and administration of the purchasing of a wide variety of goods and services utilizing all methods of procurement, for the departments throughout the State, requiring the development of detailed, technical specifications.  The program purchases goods and services for individual agencies, on request, and prepares contracts for common use commodities and establishes price/vendor lists for these items for use by all agencies. 

The Purchasing Specialist IV Serves as a specialist making full range and variety work in procuring and establishing standards and specifications for commodities and services that involve the application of highly technical and complex principles, techniques, concepts and work processes; may assist in guiding lower level specialist; and performs other related duties. 

The Purchasing Specialist V performs work in procuring and establishing standards and specifications for the most complex, specialized and technical commodities and services; serves as a specialist with independent responsibility for problem solving the most difficult and technical issues with assignments of a very complex nature; may serve as a supervisor to lower level specialist; and performs other related duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualification Requirements

To qualify, you must meet all of the following requirements:

Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university.

Specialized Experience:       IV Level: Two and one-half years 
                                                V Level: Three and one-half years
Progressively responsible work experience in purchasing which:
A. Involved working with users, vendors, contractors and service providers in identifying, clarifying and specifying requirements of products or scope of work for services to be performed;
B. Included drafting specifications for various methods of procurement and/or updating such specifications to ensure their currency and applicability;
C. Demonstrated an understanding and use of common purchasing resources. 

Such experience must also have demonstrated knowledge and application of the various methods of procurement processes, and the ability to respond to inquiries regarding the competitive procurement process. 

Supervisory Aptitude: At the V Level, applicants must possess supervisory aptitude. This requirement will be considered to have been met by strong affirmative evidence of the necessary supervisory abilities and/or potential.

Substitutions Allowed: Relevant substitutions as described in the Minimum Qualification Requirements will apply.

The information provided above represents a summary of the complete Minimum Qualification Requirements. To view the Requirements in their entirety, please CLICK HERE.


Other Information

The State of Hawai'i complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities.  If you require reasonable accommodations in completing an application, any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the selection process, please call 808-587-0936 for assistance.

The PSLF Program is a federal program that is intended to encourage individuals to work in public service by forgiving the balance of their federal student loans.  To qualify, the individual must have made 120 qualifying payments while employed by a qualifying employer.  For more information, please click:

The Department of Human Resources Development (HRD) will use electronic mail (email) to notify applicants of important information relating to the status and processing of their applications as part of our ongoing efforts to increase operational efficiency, promote the conservation of green resources, and minimize delays and costs.

Please ensure that the email address and contact information you provide is current, secure, and readily accessible to you. We will not be responsible in any way if you do not receive our emails or fail to check your email-box in a timely manner.  In addition, please be aware that you may no longer receive notification about applications submitted if you choose to disable the Job Application Emails feature in your Account Settings.

The examination for this recruitment will be conducted on an unassembled basis where the examination score is based on an evaluation and rating of your education and experience. It is therefore important that your employment application provide a clear and detailed description of the duties and responsibilities of each position you held.

In-person interviews and/or further testing in Hawaii may be required at the discretion of the hiring agency. If in-person interviews and/or further testing is a requirement, applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are referred to the vacancy must be available to participate in person and at their own expense in this required phase of the selection process.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. In addition to employment availability and score, the referral of qualified applicants may be based upon other factors including date of receipt of application.

CLICK HERE for further information about Equal Employment Opportunity, the Merit Civil Service System, Citizenship and other requirements, Reasonable Accommodation, Veterans Preference, Examination Requirements, and the State Recruiting Office's Levels of Review.