Arlington County, Virginia
$60,881.60 - $120,931.20 Annually
Mar 30, 2022
May 04, 2022
Full Time
Position Information
Arlington County is seeking an experienced Procurement Officer for the Department of Management and Finance's Purchasing Division to prepare, review, and approve solicitations, negotiate contracts and manage the procurement process for a wide variety of products and services. This employee will have a high level of independence and discretionary authority in ensuring all procurement transactions meet ethical standards and comply with applicable laws and regulations. These responsibilities require an attention to detail, excellent writing skills and close coordination with other professional and technical staff as well as the County Attorney's Office, County Department Leadership and staff, bidders and vendors.

Specific duties include:
  • Ensuring all procurement transactions under their review comply with applicable laws and regulations specific to the Virginia Public Procurement Act (VPPA) and the County Purchasing Resolution;
  • Ensuring that all purchases meet ethical standards;
  • Serving to maintain the County's credibility not only in the marketplace in terms of potential bidders and contractors but also in terms of public perception by citizens of the County;
  • Serving as an internal consultant to County departments by advising them in the planning and organizing of their procurement activities, and specific procurement processes and contract language to utilize in order to most effectively achieve the desired program results;
  • Preparing and issuing a variety of solicitations;
  • Participating in vendor outreach sessions such as pre-proposal conferences;
  • Overseeing evaluation committees during evaluation, negotiation and award processes as a non-voting member;
  • Assisting in negotiating contract terms; and working closely with the County Attorney's Office to ensure that contracts appropriately protect the County's interests; and
  • Assisting with change orders and contract amendments;
We also seek an individual with skills in specification writing, editing and contract preparation; with a thorough understanding of contract administration techniques and theory; with effective negotiation skills; and the ability to express ideas verbally and in writing. The successful candidate will have the ability to understand and apply new techniques and solutions to problems in the public procurement field and a keen sense of how to balance the interests, requirements and demands of a myriad of stakeholders.

Selection Criteria
Minimum: Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field, plus significant professional level procurement experience that includes managing Invitations to Bid (ITBs), Request for Proposals (RFPs), negotiating contracts and resolving disputes.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirables: Preference may be given to applicants with experience in one or more of the following:

  • Municipal or local government procurement;
  • Construction, Transportation and/or Professional Services Solicitations;
  • Application of the Virginia Public Procurement Act (VPPA);
  • Working on information technology related projects;
  • Using established automated solutions to procurement processes;
  • Completed courses in public procurement, negotiation techniques, business or contract law; and/or
  • Obtained certification as a
    • Virginia Contract Administrator (VCA),
    • Virginia Contracting Officer (VCO);
    • Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and/or
    • Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO).

Special Requirements
Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate. Pursuant to Section 27-9 of the Arlington County code, this position requires the completion of "Statement of Economic Interest" (Financial Disclosure) form upon acceptance of employment and annually thereafter.

Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.

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