Contracting & Purchasing Agent

Full-Time Position Available

Contracting & Purchasing Agent


The Berkeley Student Cooperative (BSC) is an 80 year-old student-governed and operated non-profit affordable housing cooperative near the University of California at Berkeley.  The BSC houses approximately 1280 students in 17 room-and-board houses and 3 apartment complexes. To learn more about the cooperative please visit us at  



The Contracting & Purchasing Agent is responsible for conducting competitive bidding processes, vendor selection, aggregating requisition requests, and placing orders for all goods purchased at the central level, under the direction of the Operations Manager.  Centrally procured goods may include, but are not limited to, various food items, office supplies, maintenance supplies, furniture, supplies for special projects, and/or any good which the BSC achieves an economy of scale when purchasing centrally.  S/he maintains a requisition database, documentation of all competitive bidding processes, requisition requests, and vendor purchase orders and ensures this information is readily accessible to BSC staff, house-level managers, and the Board.  The Contracting & Purchasing Agent is also responsible for communicating changes in vendors and product availability to the appropriate department and/or house-level managers, following up with vendors to address discrepancies between items ordered and received and/or damaged goods, and auditing purchasing trends to share with management and the Board of Directors.



Applicants must have at least two years college and at least two years of purchasing experience involving a variety of food, supplies, materials, equipment and services.  Two years of store or warehousing experience involving the distribution of food, maintenance, or office supplies is also required, as is previous experience using purchasing and/or inventory management software.  Previous experience with competitive bidding procedures is also necessary.  A combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the above requirements.


Applicants must have excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication and customer service skills.  You must have excellent record-keeping/organizational skills and be familiar with proper ordering/financial documentation practices.  You must be able to work independently, establish priorities, and ensure the timely completion of tasks and projects.  You must have the ability to work with a diverse array of people and students in particular.  You must be able to work in a fast-paced office environment.  Applicants must also have intermediate skills with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and the ability to quickly learn and effectively use new purchasing/inventory management databases.



This is a full time position with a starting hourly wage of $19.80/hour.  Benefits and other conditions of employment are pursuant to an Employee Association contract, which currently provides for annual cost-of-living adjustments, performance-based raises and/or bonuses, health and dental insurance for employee and dependents, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, long-term disability and life insurance, and paid retirement benefits (after two years).



You must fill out a BSC application and submit your resume along with a list of three professional references.  An application is available at 2424 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA between 10am and 5pm, Monday - Friday and can be downloaded from our website  Applications must be received by 9am on Monday, August 3rd, 2015.  Applications may be submitted to the address above or emailed to   For more information, please contact Kim Benson, Executive Director, at by email only please. 



HiCom (Chair),
Jul 22, 2015, 12:59 PM