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Title:  State Purchasing Agent

Application Deadline Date:  04/21/2021
Req ID:  13961
Department:  Buildings & General Services

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $26.60


The Office of Purchasing and Contracting (OPC) within the Department of Buildings and General Services (BGS) is the centralized procurement office for the State of Vermont, and is seeking to hire a State Purchasing Agent.


OPC carries out the statutory role of the Commissioner of BGS in procuring all commodities for all of Vermont State government (Title 29, Section 902). This encompasses an exceptionally wide range of products. Some contracts also involve services, either when the services are connected with a product, or, sometimes, services unto themselves in instances in which multiple agencies across State government are likely users of the services.


This position is for one of three Purchasing Agents, who work under the Director of Purchasing & Contracting and the State Commodity Procurement Administrator. Purchasing Agents are responsible to master and utilize a number of principles, practices, and requirements for open and competitive bidding, to maximize value for the State and its taxpayers, and fair opportunity for potential private sector suppliers. Work requires considerable expertise and autonomy, but also frequent, effective communication and collaboration with colleagues, direct management, customer agencies, the Attorney General’s Office, and others. The Agent evaluates bids, confers with agencies regarding selection, and clarifies and negotiates as needed toward a contract. Additionally, incumbent assembles contracts and identifies applicable needed approvals, and advocates for and obtains those approvals. Work includes maintaining swift and uninterrupted flow of a heavy and varied workload while also being vigilant for opportunities to make positive changes in economies of scale, process improvement, or similar opportunities. The Agent serves as a subject matter expert and advisor, with regard to procurement processes, for internal and external customers, contractors and other contracting professionals.


Due to the pandemic, this position is currently working remotely. However, it is expected that the position will return to the office at a future date in 2021.

Who May Apply

This position, State Purchasing Agent (Job Requisition #13961), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Trevor Lewis at trevor.r.lewis@vermont.gov.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Environmental Factors

Work is performed primarily in a normal office setting. However, incumbents may be required to visit state agencies and vendors, warehouses and auction sites. Incumbents must have access to private vehicle for such occasions. The role involves resolution of disagreements between vendors and purchases which can become quite heated at times. Workload volume is heavy.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree.


Bachelor's degree in any discipline AND three (3) years of experience working with contract or financial systems.


Associates degree in any discipline AND five (5) years experience working with contract or financial systems.


Four (4) years or more at or above a technical level in inventory management, purchasing, product testing, contract administration, or as a manufacturer's representative.
Professional certification as a Certified Purchasing Manager or Certified Public Purchasing Official AND two (2) years or more at or above a technical or professional level in inventory management, purchasing, merchandising, procurement, product testing, contract administration, or as a manufacturer's representative.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in a government setting.

Bachelor's degree or higher in marketing, business administration or economics.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Nearest Major Market: Barre
Nearest Secondary Market: Montpelier