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Procurement Officer Trainee

Recruitment #21-003001-0004


The Maryland Department of Labor is now accepting applications for Procurement Officer Trainee. This is an entry-level position, the individual will learn contract preparation, contract negotiation, and contract management, from the initial stages until the contract has been awarded and executed. 




1100 North Eutaw Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is an entry-level position working within the Administration, Procurement Section. Through this position, the individual will learn contract preparation, contract negotiation, and contract management, from the initial stages until the contract has been awarded and executed. This position does not supervise, but may provide guidance and direction to lower-level Agency Procurement Associates and support staff. Position receives moderate supervision from an Agency Procurement Specialist Supervisor or other designated administrator. The position is responsible for obtaining quotes and corporate purchasing card purchases for the Department in accordance with State Procurement Regulations (COMAR Title 21).


Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Uses ADPICS portion of FMIS to facilitate the procurement process
  • Learns to review and analyze purchase requisitions and determines the minimum vendor requirements and the most appropriate procurement method to use, i.e. negotiated award, competitive sealed bid, competitive sealed proposal, sole source or direct voucher
  • Develops, prepares and maintains automates and manual record keeping systems for vendors. procurement records, contract correspondence and associated reports
  • Creates bidders list from databases and updates vendor profiles. Utilizes the Small Business Reserve and Minority Business Enterprise program databases for reference. Recommends approval, disapproval or substitution of vendors for specific commodities or services


Education:    A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience:  None.


1. Candidates may substitute certification as a Certified Public Manager from the National Association of Purchasing Management; Certified Professional Contracts Manager from the National Contract Management Association; Certified Public Purchasing Officer or Certified Professional Public Buyer from the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. or National Association of State Purchasing Officers) for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute professional contract management experience or professional procurement experience, on a year-for-year basis, for the required education.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Contracting, Industrial Management or logistics specialist classifications or administrative support specialty codes in the procurement or financial management fields of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Business or IT 

Six months experience with Public Procurement 

Six months experience utilizing a computerized financial management system

Six months experience with the State of Maryland's Financial Management Information System (FMIS)


1.  Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle.  Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

2.  Employees in this classification must obtain possess a certification as a Procurement Professional from the Maryland Department of General Services within one year of appointment.


All candidates are subject to a background check against files maintained by the Division of Unemployment Insurance (Department of Labor/DUI) to determine whether any monies are owed to Department of Labor/DUI as a result of unemployment overpayment/fraud. Any unpaid debt may have an impact on whether or not a candidate is offered employment.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


All information concerning the qualifications, including any required documentation (diploma, transcript, certificate, etc.) must be submitted and received by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be considered.

For positions that require Bachelor/Master Degree etc:


Educational credentials from foreign countries must be evaluated by an approved education review service. This evaluation must be submitted prior to hire. For further information, you may call International Consultants of Delaware, Inc. (302) 737-8715 or World Education Services Inc. 1-800-932-3897 or (202) 331-2925.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.

The examination for this recruitment will be an evaluation and rating of the information provided on your application. Therefore, it is essential that the application is filled out completely and accurately, listing all relevant education and experience, addressing the specific qualifications shown above and submitting any required documentation (diploma, transcript, certification, license, etc.). Please include clear, detailed and specific information on your application regarding experience qualifications related to the minimum qualifications, desired, and/or selective qualifications of the position.



The online application is STRONGLY preferred. However, if you are unable to apply online, or encounter difficulty attaching required or optional documentation, you may submit via mail or deliver in person. Please be sure to include your name, identification number (Easy ID#) and job announcement number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.

The paper application must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted. Incorrect application forms will not be accepted.


Completed applications, required documentation, and any required addendums may be mailed to:


Department of Labor Office of Administration

Attn: Tenisha Tunstall    21-003004-0004

1100 N. Eutaw Street, Rm. 101

Baltimore, MD 21201


For additional information, please contact Tenisha Tunstall at 410-767-2772 or via email


The MD State Application Form can be found online


Department of Labor is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Department of Labor that all persons have equal opportunity and access to employment opportunities, services, and facilities without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.