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REPOST : Procurement Officer II

Recruitment #21-003003-0006

GRADE

18

LOCATION OF POSITION

Positions are available within the Office of State Procurement for the Maryland Department of General Services located in Annapolis and Baltimore City.
The successful applicants will be placed in either the Goods & Services Construction/A&E, or the IT/Services unit of the Office of State Procurement.

Main Purpose of Job

This position is responsible for soliciting, evaluating and awarding state-wide contracts according to State procurement laws, procedures and regulations, as well as maintaining contracts by assuring compliance with terms and conditions. Utilizes procurement expertise and skills by editing solicitations, contract specifications and other related contract documentation as needed, scheduling and conducting pre-bid meetings, determining recommendation of awards to the Board of Public Works and the Departmental Procurement Review Board, preparing of approval documentation, handling contract disputes, correspondence, file maintenance, bidders list maintenance and other related administrative duties. This position also verifies bidder references, communicates with contractors and agencies regarding information.

POSITION DUTIES

Duties for this position include but are not limited to: 

  • Responds to questions from contractors, State agencies and the public. Contacts contractors to supply information regarding solicitations and contract awards. Drafts original follow-up correspondence, as necessary, to inform bidders of any deficiencies in their submissions. 
  • Responsible for bid opening and reviews and evaluates the bid tabulation. Creates Blanket Purchase Orders (BPO) utilizing the Financial Management Information System (FMIS). Revises the standard language, line item information pertaining to award and BPO. Also, responsible for posting awards on eMaryland Marketplace Avantage (eMMA). 
  • Consult with user agencies and contractors to facilitate the processing of solicitations and contracts in an efficient manner. Contact agency officials to request fund certification, pricing selection waiver, verification of information and other necessary backup documentation. Serve as liaison with agency officials, advising on policies and regulations of the Board of Public Works, Departmental Procurement Review Board and COMAR regulations. Develop, prepare and maintain automated and manual record keeping systems for vendors, procurement records, contract correspondence and associated reports. 
  • Creates contracts, contract renewals, and contract modification award documents for approval. Keeps track of timetable for agenda items for review, approval, necessary authority signatures in order for initiation of work for submittal to the Board of Public Works (BPW) and/or the Departmental Procurement Review Board (DPRB). 
  • Resolves protests and disputes between agencies, DGS and contractors. Maintains current and working knowledge of procurement laws, codes, policies, procedures and objectives. Determines proper resolution within established guidelines and regulations. 
  • Provide copy of specification and forward MBE Goal Form with a recommended MBE goal to the Procurement Review Board (PRG). 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Experience: Two years of experience in contract management or procurement involving duties such as: soliciting, evaluating, negotiating and awarding contracts and ensuring compliance with governmental procurement laws, regulations and conditions.
 Notes:  
1. Candidates may substitute professional contract management or procurement experience on a year-for-year basis for the required education.
2. 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.
3. Candidates may substitute additional graduate education at an accredited college or university, at the rate of thirty credit hours for each year of the required experience.
4. 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 experience and education.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.
• Experience in private or public sector contract administration, purchasing and vendor management. 
• Experience soliciting and managing contracts for various categories of goods and services is preferred. 
• One (1) year of experience using a Financial Management Information System (FMIS). 
• Experience with bidding and purchasing procedures. 
• Experience with governmental purchasing.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

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 who have not already done so must obtain and possess certification as a Procurement Professional Certification from the Maryland Department of General Services within one year of appointment.

SELECTION PROCESS

It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please include all experience and education that is related to this position.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date; information submitted after the closing date will not be considered.  Credit is given for relevant part-time, temporary or volunteer experience based on the number of hours worked per week; you must include the time spent on such activities on your application.

Note that for any position requiring a college degree or college credit, you will be required to submit a college transcript prior to being offered a position.  You may submit your transcript as part of the application process.
The examination for this position will consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position.  Successful candidates will be placed on the employment eligibility list categorized as BEST QUALIFIED, BETTER QUALIFIED, or QUALIFIED.  The eligibility list will be valid for one year and may be extended.  The list will be used by the hiring authority to select employees for interviews.  Eligible lists may be used to fill future vacancies of the same classification.

You MUST possess the minimum qualifications before you may be selected for a State job – verification will be completed upon hire.  If you are scheduled to complete an educational or licensing requirement within six months of being placed on the eligibility list, you may participate in the selection process.  Permanent State employees may also complete necessary experience requirements within six months of the date of being placed on an eligibility list.  
Please note, selected candidates may be required to complete and successfully pass a State and Federal fingerprint background check prior to being hired.

You must be legally authorized under the United States Immigration Reform and Control Act to be hired in the position for which you apply.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Contact mojisola.ogungbe1@maryland.gov or call 410-767-1386 with questions about this recruitment.  The on-line application process is STRONGLY preferred.  Apply online at www.dgs.maryland.gov – click on Employment on the left side of the screen.  If you are unable to submit your application online, please send your paper application to: Human Resources, Dept. of General Services, 301 W. Preston St., Suite 1311, Baltimore, MD  21201 by the closing date and time. TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay  

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.