Assistant Buyer




Organization: The Houston Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Houston Zoo is adding an Assistant Buyer to the Purchasing team. Join an enthusiastic team that provides a fun, unique and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world.

TO APPLY - PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO SUBMIT AN ONLINE APPLICATION AT WWW.HOUSTONZOO.ORG/CAREERS

DESCRIPTION:

Under the supervision of the Purchasing Manager, the Assistant Buyer places purchase orders for goods and services covering the full range of needs for the Zoo. This position performs administrative and clerical tasks in support of the Purchasing department.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

-Converts order requests to purchase orders through purchasing software system in accordance with established policies, procedures and authorization levels in the organization.

-Processes and enters purchase requests for goods and services covering the full range of needs of the Zoo. Expedites orders as needed.

-Compiles data for use in a variety of reports, surveys, inventories and studies.

-Organizes systems and processes for offices.

-Ensures all change orders are properly documented and processed.

-Ensures purchases are properly recorded, evidence of receipt is appropriate and processes requests for payment to the accounts payable.

-Problem solves purchase order discrepancies and resolves all invoice issues with accounts payable.

-Assists Zoo staff with development of specifications to ensure goods and services are appropriate to their needs and are supplied within specified due dates.

-Performs routine administrative office duties such as ordering supplies, managing copiers, interfacing with vendors, filing, maintain paper supply levels for shared copiers, fax machines and printers, etc.

-Other duties as assigned.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

SKILLS/EXPERIENCE:

1-3 years of experience in professional purchasing function is required. Inventory control experience is a plus.

One year using an MRP system is preferred.

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or a closely related field is highly desirable. Excellent oral and written communications skills required.

Must have good math and counting skills and be proficient in common computer software, including Microsoft Office.

Must be able to partner with virtually all other departments within the Zoo and, in particular, work closely with the Animal Nutrition department working in the same building.

Salary Range: $29,000 - $32,000 annually

**Relocation not provided for this position**