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Buyer Supervisor


Salt Lake City, UT, United States


Jun 12, 2024



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Oversees the purchase of all parts required for maintenance of UTA’s fleet. Supervises daily operations of Inventory Purchasing buyers and Inventory Control Analysts. Maintains strategic supplier relationships, negotiates pricing, monitors performance, and expedites to respond to changes in demand or disruptions in the supply chain. Implements the strategy to provide the materials needed to meet organizational requirements for quality, volume, availability, and pricing. Collaborates with other divisions to meet current and future inventory requirements and manage inventory levels. Utilizes technical tools to analyze data and increase responsiveness to material demands. Performs auditing of purchasing processes to ensure procurement and recordkeeping comply with any applicable State and/or Federal regulations. Provides assistance to purchasing buyers and Inventory Control Analysts on complex purchasing and inventory related issues. Assists Purchasing buyers with product research and alternative product recommendations. Educates staff, employees and vendors on UTA purchasing policies and procedures. Advises UTA staff and management on problems concerning inventory, supplies, equipment, and services. Assists in developing policies and procedures, enforcing Buyer Desk Reference guide, attends various meetings, provides training to subordinates, keeps abreast of purchasing regulations, and answers correspondence. Performs other duties as assigned.




  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or related field.



  • Six years of experience in a Buyer, Inventory Control, or other related Supply Chain position. Preference given to those with experience in State and/or Federal procurement policies and procedures.



  • Extensive knowledge of procurement job functions, best practices, rules, and regulations.
  • Extensive knowledge of ERP Supply Chain modules (Inventory management, Procurement, Warehouse).
  • Advanced level of knowledge in ERP inventory parts set-up and inventory management.



  • Leadership, mentorship, and an ability to motivate and inspire subordinates.
  • Proactive vendor management, including delivery performance and accurate promise dates.
  • Data analysis, problem-solving, use of metrics, and reporting to increase efficiencies.
  • Microsoft Office suite at an intermediate level (including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Outlook)



  • Manage workload effectively including adapting to changes, planning, organizing, and prioritizing work with little direction and supervision.
  • Work with accuracy paying close attention to details, using tact, discretion, and diplomacy.
  • Establish and maintain highly effective working relationships with employees, peers, and suppliers.


- OR -

An equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

[UTA reserves the right to determine the equivalencies of education and experience.]


UTA’s benefits package for full-time administrative employees includes:
  • Health, dental, vision, life/AD&D, short-term and long-term disability insurance (eligible after 30 days of employment), with Flexible Spending and Dependent Care accounts. Choice between Traditional Co-Pay or High Deductible Health Plans for medical coverage. HSA with company match available to employees enrolled in the HDHP. Benefit plans include coverage for domestic partners (eligibility affidavit required for coverage).
  • Onsite Health and Wellness Clinics for medical care at no cost to employees, spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children.
  • 22 days of accrued paid time off (13 vacation days and 9 sick days), which increases with tenure at UTA.
  • 10 paid holidays and two paid (2) floating holidays per year.
  • Retirement options - Pension Plan with 5-year vesting schedule and 457 Contribution Plan, available for immediate contributions and company matching.
  • Generous tuition reimbursement for higher education, available for any higher education degree (bachelor, master, or PHD). Course of study must be approved prior to enrollment.
  • Training, development, and career advancement opportunities.
  • Paid parental leave for birth, adoption, and child placement (after 12 months of employment).
  • Free transit passes for employees, their spouses, and their dependent children.
  • Employee assistance program – includes counseling, legal services, financial planning, etc.
  • UTA Well – a comprehensive wellness program designed to support employees and dependents in their health and wellness goals.
  • Free on-site fitness facilities and discounted membership to VASA Fitness.
For more information on UTA’s Total Rewards benefits package, please visit:
Pay Range: $70,500.00 or more depending on experience.
If interested, apply before: Open until filled
* Utah Transit Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer of all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, covered veterans, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants needing an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act for any part of the application process should contact UTA Human Resources at 801-287-2324. A minimum of two workdays’ notice prior to the need for the accommodation is required.
*Utah Transit Authority is a drug-free workplace, subject to federal drug and alcohol testing regulations under 49 CFR Part 40, 655, and 219. All offers for employment are contingent upon a successful pre-employment drug test. If a pre-employment test returns a non-negative result, an application for employment may be rejected. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion and post-accident testing for drug and alcohol use. All safety sensitive employees are subject to random testing for drug and alcohol use.
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