Senior Buyer - Purchasing and Administrative Services

Job Code: 3623176

Job Details

The Vancouver School Board welcomes applications for:

Senior Buyer
(Technical & Resource Support D)

Location : 1580 West Broadway
Department : Purchasing and Administrative Services Division
Salary : $39.79 per hour, 7 hours/day, 5 days/week
+ Extensive Benefits Package & Municipal Pension Plan

Only applicants who are fully qualified will be considered for this position

At the VSB, we are proud to provide exceptional learning experiences for students. As a large, urban school district, the VSB is one of Canada’s most diverse school systems.

With deep gratitude and respect, we are honoured to be learning and unlearning on the ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) & səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We embrace Indigenous ways of knowing and learning and work to expand Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum and within our 107 schools and programs, where more than 50,000 students learn and grow.

Equity and inclusivity are at the forefront of our approach to education. More than 7,700 staff work to create learning environments where every student thrives by prioritizing students’ needs, applying evidence-informed practices and building relationships. The VSB’s culture reflects the diversity of our city. Students enrolled in the VSB come from varied backgrounds and lived experiences and are encouraged to explore and share their unique selves and gifts. Our commitment to students goes beyond academics. Students’ overall well-being and sense of belonging are equally important. We strive to build a school system where every student can be their authentic self and succeed throughout their learning journey. In doing this work, we champion equity and accountability by making evidence-based decisions. As a learning organization, humility is our guidepost as we seek to continually improve student outcomes in service to them, their families, and the broader community. Our work is guided by the VSB Education Plan and grounded in the embedded equity statement.  For more information about our school district, visit

In this position, you will:

  • Provide technical and resource support to Division
  • Manage the procurement process for a variety of commodities
  • Prepare specifications and contract wording for written competitive procurements, analyses and recommend best value
  • Negotiate contracts
  • Place and track orders and expedite as necessary
  • Maintain vendor files
  • Maintain varied records of purchasing statistics, descriptive lists, work-in-progress, schedules and completed files, etc.
  • Ensure accuracy of all information, documentation and processes
  • Keep up-to-date on market conditions, price trends, and brings unusual matters of developing price trends to the attention of supervisors with supporting analysis and recommendations
  • Prepare cost estimates
  • Liaise with other departments regarding budget allocations, commitments and price structures
  • Plan, assign and supervise the work of a small group of staff in a team environment
  • Perform other duties within the job band as assigned


  • Grade 12 plus completion of the Supply Chain Management Professional designation (SCMP) or similar supply chain education from a recognized educational institution and a minimum of 4 years of related supply chain experience or a combination of related education and experience
  • Experience in public sector procurement preferred
  • Required experience in assembling, issuing and awarding competitive procurement, report writing and contract preparation
  • Candidates must possess sound judgement, independent decision-making, problem solving and strong communication skills
  • Proficiency in Enterprise Resource Program (ERP) system and Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Must be able to pass the written assessment

Your application must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • References
    Please provide 3 direct supervisor references including their name, phone number and email address

**This posting is ongoing until filled. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please note, only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be contacted**


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Posted On
March 28, 2024
Closing Date & Time

Job Type
Full Time
Job Category
ECE, EA and Support Staff
Multiple locations
$39.79/hour + Benefits
Employment Start Date
Start Immediately
Mandatory Document
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter