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Purchasing and Inventory Technician

City of Covington

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The City of Covington is currently accepting applications for a Purchasing and Inventory Technician in the Electric Department with a starting hourly rate of $25.20 to a maximum hourly rate of $37.00 depending upon qualifications. Qualified applicants must apply on our website by downloading an application packet at, or may apply in person at Covington City Hall, 2194 Emory Street, Covington, Georgia 30014. This position will remain open until filled. The City of Covington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Supervises the purchasing, receiving, storing, distribution and recycling/ disposal of electric material, tools, equipment, and products within establishments by performing the following duties.


•    Ensures examination and documentation of all materials and supplies received from vendors 
•    Verifying proper quantities, weights, etc., of all materials and supplies ordered are received
•    Completing visual inspections on materials and supplies to determine their condition and compliance with company standards
•    Completes paperwork correctly and promptly; determining proper background information and authorizations are obtained and documented prior to disbursing materials and supplies.
•    Monitors inventories to determine the availability of materials and supplies issued for line construction including:
•    Determining adequate inventory levels based on established standards; reordering in a timely manner, when inventory levels deviate from set standards 
•    Ensures materials retired from construction lines are handled according to procedure
•    Ensuring reusable materials and supplies are issued back to stock for later use; keeping adequate stock of non-inventory yet essential items such as signage, equipment & tools
•    Filling work orders or requests for materials, tools or other stock items and distributes them to the proper locations in the warehouse
•    Monitors and maintains necessary inventory of meters and reconnect collars 
•    Creating and balances monthly replacement and incidental maintenance construction work orders for materials used and/or salvaged
•    Works to have construction materials pulled and available as needed for construction each day
•    Creating labels for outgoing parcels and ensures shipped materials are properly handled in a timely manner.                                                              
•    Ensures compliance with city safety, maintenance, and security requirements 
•    Ensuring materials, supplies and equipment are safely stored in assigned areas in a neat and orderly manner 
•    Verifying that only authorized personnel have access to storage facilities to ensure adequate security
•    Monitoring access to hand tools and emergency items and assures issuance, as required 
•    Maintains adequate security of warehouse areas; and ensuring that the inside of the warehouse and dock areas are clean and orderly.                                                              
•    Compiles information and records to prepare purchase orders for procurement of material by performing the following duties 
•    Compiles requisitions, place orders and keeps records for uniform requirements. 
•    Orders and accepts quotes on all rubber goods required to safely construct and maintain distribution lines.  This includes inspection of rubber goods upon receiving. 
•    Requests bids according to specifications established by the electric department. 
•    Prepares, analyzes, and submits all required reports including receiving materials and equipment delivered in computer daily for accurate inventory reporting and prompt processing
•    Submits accurate transformer and conductor inventory reports, submits accurate semiannual and annual audit inventory count reports.
•    Manages recycling and universal/e-waste disposal by keeping necessary containers on hand for collection of recyclable/un-recyclable waste, materials, and equipment 
•    Keeping applicable records necessary for compliance with Environmental regulations, calling for prompt pick-up of universal & e-waste containers as well as pick-ups of recyclable materials
•    Maintains records of all metals and cardboard recycling pickups and payments received, and calling for pick-up 
•    Maintains records for all non-recyclable construction trash (i.e. fiberglass wastes, pole & pallet waste) to be taken to the landfill.


Education and Experience:

(A)    High school diploma or equivalent; and
(B)    Five (5) years of experience in handling materials, warehousing, and inventory control procedures, three (3) years of which must have been with an electric utility; or
(C)    An equivalent combination of education and experience.


•    Excellent working knowledge of materials used in power line construction.
•    Excellent planning and organizing skills. 
•    Ability to make supervisory decisions commensurate with responsibility and to supervise the work of others.
•    Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.
•    Ability to write simple correspondence.
•    Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.
•    Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, percentages, and volume. 
•    Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
•    Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
•    Ability to figure wire conversion formulas
•    Proficient personal computer skills
•    Ability to accurately enter data into computer with reasonable speed
•    Skilled in reading and interpreting staking sheets
•    Knowledge of RUS material codes
•    Previous supervisory experience preferred.


Personal computer including word processing software; copy machine; fax machine; and phone.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to climb or balance. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Work is occasionally performed in emergency and stressful situations.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts. The employee frequently works in high, precarious places and in outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The City of Covington is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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