Inventory Purchasing Specialist I

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Supply Chain / Logistics
Posted on January 12, 2022
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Finance and Administrative Services, a division of Public Health Seattle & King County, is recruiting for one, full time, Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Special Duty Assignment (SDA)  Inventory Purchasing Specialist I to work in our Public Health Warehouse and Distribution Center. This position provides critical organizational support to maintaining personal protective equipment and clinical supplies for our COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites. The position works under greater supervision and have a limited knowledge of accounting and warehouse functions. Duties include putting order requests and inventory adjustments into our inventory management system, assisting with weekly inventory counts, loading and unloading trucks, receiving and putting away deliveries to the warehouse, restocking the picking area, picking and delivering orders for PPE and COVID testing supplies throughout King County, assisting with on-site will call pick up events, and general warehouse housekeeping.
As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
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Job Duties

  • Input and research inventory and disbursement records, inventory adjustments and supply history/usage.
  • Review daily computer reports and reconcile computer reports with source documents.
  • Prepare supply orders to multiple sites in King County; pick up and deliver items as required.
  • Perform basic warehousing and stocking functions using material handling equipment, load and unload items, and acknowledge receipt of goods and services.
  • Assist with physical inventory and cycle counting.
  • Load and make deliveries in King County
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • A valid Washington State Driver’s License
  • Ability to push or pull pallets weighing up to 1000 pounds and lift boxes between 20-50 pounds, with or without accommodations.
  • Skill in operating forklift and other material handling equipment
  • Skill in the driving a box truck and high roof delivery vans
  • Skill in utilizing warehouse management system (WMS) software – We use Maximo and Oracle
  • Ability to walk to various locations in a large building and stand for long periods of time.
  • Knowledge of basic accounting and bookkeeping principles
  • Knowledge of basic warehousing equipment and practices
  • Knowledge of general office procedures and policies
  • Oral and written communications skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Basic mathematics skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Practices safe work and safe driving habits
Desired Qualifications: 
  • Experience working in a healthcare environment and with clinical supplies.
  • Initiative in taking on new tasks and projects.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.
As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office. 

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Who May Apply 
This position is open to all qualified internal and external candidates. To be considered as a Special Duty Assignment applicant, you must be a current Career Service, King County employee who has successfully passed probation and must get your supervisor's approval if this assignment is offered to you.

Term-Limited Temporary positions are "at-will" positions but are eligible for benefits. With the increasing workload Public Health may  use this recruitment to fill additional vacancies that may occur in the next 6 months. . 

Duration of position
The work performed in this position is anticipated to last until December 31, 2022.

Application Process
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • Job Application
  • Responses to supplemental questionnaire
You can attach multiple documents if necessary or required, such as your cover letter or resume to your application. Your options are:
  • Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.
  • Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
  • The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities, work location and working hours.
 Necessary Special Requirements
  • The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Candidates selected are required to pass a pre-employment physical exam.  
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing required training on time.
Work schedule
This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible. The work week is normally Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
 These hours are subject to change with advance notice

Work Location: 

 The primary work location will be at the Public Health Warehouse and Distribution Center located at 20730 72nd Ave S, Kent, WA 98032. This position is needed on site without the possibility of telecommuting due to the nature of the work.

Union Affiliation: This position is represented by Local 117.

Contact: Contact:
For more information about the application process, please contact Nic Horea, Senior Human Resource Analyst at or 206-263-8736.   

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Please describe a time you participated on a collaborative team to achieve a shared goal. Please include information about the role you played, the goal you worked toward together, and what characteristics or actions of the team aided in your success.
Do you have experience working within a healthcare organization?
  • Yes
  • No
Please describe your experience and distinguishing characteristics that would contribute to your success in this position.
If you are a current Career Service Seattle-King County employee, do you have permission from your current supervisor to apply for a Special Duty Assignment?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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