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Procurement Officer III

Agency Procurement Officer Specialist Supervisor

Recruitment #21-003004-0008




401 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Main Purpose of Job

This position reports to the Director of Contracts and Procurement (Procurement Manager I) and is responsible for the procurement of equipment, services, supplies, information technology and other needs which must be obtained through the competitive procurement process, negotiated procurement process and other procurement methods. Employees in this classification provide agency procurement technical interpretation, instruction, guidance and assistance in accordance with State laws and regulations, Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR Title 21). This position also has full responsibility for the supervision of the lower-level agency procurement/contract specialists in the Unit to include planning, training, coordinating, and evaluating the work of the specialists. In addition, assist the Director in managing and directing all departmental contracts, procurement activities and contract management functions. Responsible for the solicitation, evaluation, negotiation, award and all other aspects of the procurement process for large, complex, multi-year contracts and small procurements for the agency. Coordinates and expedites activities to procure services, commodities and international contracts for divisions within the Department of Commerce. Performs contract monitoring functions on all contracts to include awards, performance, renewals, modifications and electronic/paper files management. Provides advice and guidance to agency personnel in regard to all procurement activities. Assists the Director in the development and implementation of procurement training programs for staff and agency personnel. Manages and directs the procurement unit in the absence of the director.


The Maryland Department of Commerce is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Procurement Officer III within the Office of Contracts and Procurement (OCP).  The primary responsibilities will be to supervise lower-level procurement specialists and paraprofessional support staff and assist the Director of Contracts & Procurement in managing and directing all departmental contracts, procurement activities and contract management functions. Incumbent will be responsible for the solicitation, evaluation, negotiation, and award and all other aspects of the procurement process for large, complex, multi-year contracts and small procurements for the agency and monitor all procurement-exempt contract awards, provide training and assistance to departmental personnel on selected procurement methods in accordance with COMAR regulations;  prepare appropriate documentation for contracts that require Board of Public Works (BPW) approval; provides advice and guidance to agency personnel; develop and implement procurement training for staff;  coordinate activities to procure services, commodities and international contracts for agency division.


All applicants must have the minimum education and experience to be qualified for the position.

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

Experience: Four years of professional public sector procurement, or private sector contracting experience, which included activities such as soliciting, evaluating, negotiating and awarding contracts, advertising procurement opportunities, distributing specifications to vendors, coordinating bidder evaluation committees, conducting vendor debriefings, monitoring contract performance, eProcurement management, professionals certification or procurement business operations.


1. Candidates may substitute one year of experience in ensuring appropriate and consistent enterprise-wide interpretation of and compliance with enterprise level procurement laws, regulations, policies and procedures 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 professional contract management experience or professional procurement experience, on a year-for-year basis, for the required education.

4. Candidates may substitute a Doctorate of Jurisprudence (JD) degree or a Master’s degree in Business Administration for two years of the required experience.

5. 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. 


Qualified candidates must possess the following Selective Qualifications:

1) 1-year experience working with the state Financial Management Information System (FMIS)


2) 1-year experience working with and knowledge of COMAR Title XXI and State of Maryland procurement laws, rules and regulations


It is highly preferred that candidates should possess:

  • strong written and oral communications skills, as well as
  • strong organizational skills.
  • the ability to prioritize and handle multiple concurrent tasks
  • proficiency with Microsoft Officer Suite, as well as with
  • the experience with ADPICS and eMaryland Marketplace


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 certification as a Procurement Professional Certification from the Maryland Department of General Services within one year of appointment.


Applicants must meet all minimum (and selective) qualifications to be considered, and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire. Please read all requirements before applying.



If you have questions about this recruitment, please contact the Department of Commerce at 410-767-6300. You may also visit our website at: 

It is highly preferred that you apply online at - review Career Openings section.  If you are unable to apply online, you may submit the State paper application by closing date to:

Maryland Department of Commerce - Office of Human Resources 

ATTN: Procurement Officer III – #21-003004-0008

World Trade Center – 401 East Pratt Street 

Baltimore, Maryland 21202 

As an E-Verify and equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

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