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Procurement Officer III

Recruitment #22-003004-0014


The Maryland Department of Agriculture is a department under Maryland's Executive Branch.  Formed in 1972 by the Maryland General Assembly to address the agriculture needs for the State of Maryland, the Department oversees and serves as a regulatory body for animal health, consumer services to include marketing and lab services, plant and pest management and resource conservation.  As the number one industry in Maryland, the diversity of agriculture programs in the State continue to expand and grow.

The Office of Central Services is dedicated to successfully providing goods and services to MDA’s internal and external customers. The Central Services team administers centralized support services for MDA, including, facilities operation and management, contract administration and procurement, fleet management, administrative services and small, local and the minority business development.




50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Main Purpose of Job

The Procurement Officer III position at the Maryland Department of Agriculture serves at the supervisory level in the procurement of equipment, services, construction, supplies, information technology and other needs which must be obtained through the competitive procurement process, negotiated procurement process and other procurement methods. 


Provides supervisory oversight and policy guidance on agency procurement activities and reports to the Assistant Secretary for Administration with recommended actions.  Handles complex agency opportunities and issues related to statewide procurement laws, regulations, policies, and procedures and determines basis for awards and evaluation criteria.  Develops contract specification in accordance with State procurement procedures, laws, and regulations for the procurement of all necessary services.

Trains, plans, coordinates, supervises, and evaluates the work of lower-level Procurement Officers. Evaluates contractor’s performance against terms and conditions of contracts and recommends corrective actions, such as the application of damages, withholding of payment or termination of contract.  Attends scheduled procurement meetings as required. Provides oversight to Department’s Management level staff about changes in procurement rules and procedures. Serves as the MBE and SBE liaison along with other Procurement Staff.

Meet monthly with the Fiscal Administrator of the Department on the budget status within the Department to include meeting with Program Managers as needed to evaluate the budget status of a program to determine if the Program’s budget can support a proposed procurement request.

Manages the Department’s Inventory database and processes ensuring compliance with all Department of General Services (DGS) rules and regulations regarding the proper recording, maintenance, and disposal procedures.


Eight years of experience, four years of experience in ensuring appropriate and consistent enterprise-wide interpretation of and compliance with enterprise level procurement laws, regulations, policies and procedures and an additional 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 additional four years of the required experience.

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 additional four years of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and four years 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 experience of experience.

4. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree or a Master’s degree in Business Administration for six 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.


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

The desired candidate should possess:

Experience with COMAR Title 21 and other Maryland State procurement laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.

Experience with FMIS/ADPICS and eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA).

Experience soliciting and managing contracts for various categories of goods and services.

Experience ensuring appropriate interpretation of a compliance with procurement laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.

Four (4) years of procurement management experience with public sector procurement, or private sector contracting.

Current Certified Procurement Professional certification from the Maryland Department of General Services or any other certification that are related to Procurement.


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 who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training, and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.  The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

Please report all related education, experience, dates, and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added.  Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.





The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application to: Maryland Department of Agriculture, Human Resource Office, Room 304, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD  21401. All paper applications must be received by 4:30 PM on the closing date, no exceptions. (Postmarks not accepted.) Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.

If you are submitting additional information, such as diplomas or transcripts, the preferred method is to upload them online with your application.  If you are unable to upload, you may mail, hand-deliver or fax (HR Fax # 443-602-9831).

For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact: Stacey Summers 410-841-5842 or  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.

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