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Requisition Number 17-0062
Post Date 4/5/2017
Title Buyer - Technical
City La Serena
Description General Description of Position:

For construction and technical projects, the Buyer II performs routine and moderately complex buying functions which do not require a subcontract. Responsible for reviewing requisitions, and buying services, materials, parts, supplies and equipment in a timely and cost effective way while ensuring compliance relating to vendor performance, cost and schedule adherence, and legal requirements.

Essential Functions:

1. Processes routine to moderately complex purchase requisitions for construction and technical projects.
2. Develops and maintains relationships with key suppliers and internal customers
3. Provides assistance to users of the REQLESS requisitioning system and its interface with the USL accounting software.
4. Provides assistance to requestors regarding procurement practices, contractual requirements, NSF communications, Foreign Purchase requirements, and other matters of concern.
5. Maintains up to date understanding of Chilean laws applicable to the construction and manufacturing industries, including construction trade standards.
6. Maintains up to date understanding of AURA-NSF Cooperative Agreements, Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200 et seq.). Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and other US Government regulations to which AURA and its centers are subject.
7. Responsible for Safety within area of responsibility, and for reporting any unsafe condition to the appropriate Risk Management office.
8. Assists other members of the Procurement Team, and performs other duties as assigned.
9. All AURA employees are responsible for the proper management and control of all AURA property within their work area, whether assigned to them or someone else. This responsibility includes reporting any known missing, stolen, or non-working property in their work area to their supervisor or the AURA Property Officer. For detailed information on proper custodial care of government property, refer to the AURA Employee Handbook at http://hr.aura-astronomy.org/?q=handbook .
10. Responsible for ensuring compliance with government award terms and conditions assigned to this position or subordinates of this position as defined in the Vela Award Management system, https://cas.aura-astronomy.org/vela/login.php .

















Requirements • Bachelor's Degree in Construction Administration, Industrial Engineering, or related field.
• Two years’ experience in purchasing at the professional level.
• Ability to speak and write fluently in Spanish, and to articulate specific points of view to internal and external customers.
• Ability to perform and accomplish detailed assignments with remote supervision.
• Must be imaginative, resourceful, and patient; have sound judgment; and be able to make independent decisions.
• Able to function in an English-language environment; hold conversations; and read and respond to emails in English.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.
• The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl.
• The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
• Must possess - sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to work with paper files; b) sufficient mobility and dexterity to utilize computer systems, fax machines, copiers, and other office machines.
• Must possess – 1) ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to
• perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses; 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, fire alarms, or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid; and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately.
• Some travel may be necessary in or outside the contiguous United States.

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