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Purchasing Coordinator 

EOE Statement Kitsap Transit is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The EEO Policy can be found at under the Employment section. Please contact Marianne Rajan, Human Resources Manager at (360) 478-5852 if you have any questions. Kitsap Transit is also committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the hiring process, contact Kitsap Transit Human Resources at 360-478-5852 (phone), 360-479-4348 (TDD) or  
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Position Summary:

We are looking for a Purchasing Coordinator to join our team.  The person in this position will be responsible for developing and updating a public procurement system that ensures the timely, cost efficient, and legally compliant procurement of supplies, services and materials.  Responsibilities will also include preparing competitive solicitation documents, facilitating the development of written specifications and/or scopes of work, coordinating pre-bid conferences, and coordinating committees for post-bid evaluations and contract awards.

This position reports to the Finance Director.

Salary Range:

The salary range currently starts at $57,907 per year. Salary will be commensurate with experience.


Full-time employees receive a generous benefits package including subsidized medical insurance and fully paid dental insurance for employee and dependents, as well as disability insurance and life insurance.  This position participates in the Washington State Public Employees’ Retirement Plan with the option of participating in a state administered deferred compensation plan.  In this position you will receive 27 days of general leave per year and 11 holidays. We also provide you and certain dependents with a free transportation pass on Kitsap Transit.

Hours of Work:

Work is conducted during normal business hours 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, with the possibility of occasional evening or weekend work.


Kitsap Transit employees who wish to apply must have a satisfactory performance and attendance record.  Kitsap Transit Operators with any of the following criteria in the last twelve months are excluded from recruitment opportunities:

  • a current Decision Making Leave or higher in the Safety category
  • more than two held customer complaints
  • more than four unscheduled absences
  • more than two late reports

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in business administration or closely related field and a minimum of five years purchasing experience.  Procurement experience in a public sector environment is preferred.  Job-related certification and/or experience demonstrating competency and knowledge of the principles and practices of purchasing may be substituted for the educational requirement.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Following are some highlights of what is needed to be successful in this position.

Knowledge of:

  • Public procurement principles and practices;
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations;
  • Facilitation and conflict resolution techniques;
  • Public contract law;
  • Public sector liability issues.

Skill in:

  • Analyzing and interpreting contracts, technical specifications, and governmental regulations;
  • Managing and/or facilitating projects and meetings;
  • Organizing and maintaining a records system;
  • Prioritizing and handling multiple projects and/or tasks simultaneously;
  • Evaluating problems, collecting data, establishing facts, and drawing valid options and conclusions;
  • Communicating and maintaining positive work relationships with coworkers, supervisor, vendors, the general public, etc.
  • Business, technical writing, and advanced math;
  • Microsoft Word and Excel.

Ability to:

  • Work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Use judgment and discernment in decision-making.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

Typical office environment; occasional travel, evening and/or weekend work.

Selection Process:

After evaluating the completed applications, qualifications summary, and supplemental questionnaires, we will contact the most qualified applicants. We will not make any hiring decisions until all steps in the selection process are completed, including reference and background checks.

To Apply:

If you decide to apply for this position, please visit our employment link at Please contact Marianne Rajan in the Human Resources Department at (360) 478-5852 if you have any questions. You may include a resume; however, it may not be used in lieu of a completed application or supplemental questionnaire. 

Closing Date:

Applications will be reviewed starting Monday, August 25th 2014.  Only completed applications will be considered for review. This posting will be open until the position is filled.

  • Selective certification may be used to achieve affirmative action goals.
  • Kitsap Transit is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the hiring process, contact at least ten days in advance or 360-479-4348 (TDD).
  • If you qualify for Veteran's preference under RCW 41.04.005 and 41.04.010, you must submit a DD214 and a completed Veteran's Preference Declaration (available at Kitsap Transit's Human Resources Office) at the time of application.


Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Purchasing Coordinator  
Close Date 10/7/2014  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Open Date 7/25/2014  
Location Kitsap Transit  
About the Organization Kitsap Transit, in Bremerton, is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Washington State. Our administrative offices are located on the waterfront, near the marina and ferry terminal, with sweeping views of the mountains, city, and waterfront. Kitsap County offers an excellent quality of life, including a variety of educational and recreational opportunities. We are close to the water for boating and ferry rides; close to the mountains for climbing and skiing, and close to many pristine areas for camping, hiking, picnicking and sightseeing. Seattle's fine dining and top entertainment is just a 30-minute ferry ride away.

Kitsap Transit (KT), a Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority (PTBAA), located in Kitsap County, Washington, was established by the voters in 1982. KT began providing public transportation services in early 1983. KT's ten-member (nine voting members plus one non-voting labor union representative) Board consists of the three Kitsap County commissioners, one Bremerton City council member, one Port Orchard council member, and mayors of the four incorporated cities in Kitsap County: Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo.

Kitsap Transit is an award-winning agency that has been recognized by federal and state agencies for innovative transportation programs. In February of 2011, the Natural Resources Defense Council's Smarter Cities project named Kitsap Transit as one of fifteen US metropolitan regional leaders in transportation innovation and smart transit. The agency's mission statement is:To provide safe, reliable and efficient transportation choices that enhance the quality of life in Kitsap County.


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