Senior Procurement Officer

Arlington County, VA
Arlington, VA
Jan 20, 2022
Jan 26, 2022
Full Time
Position Information Arlington County is seeking a Senior Procurement Officer (SPO), with a specialization in transportation and transit related solicitations, to serve as the primary procurement official in support of the County's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for Transportation Projects. The SPO position requires detailed knowledge of best procurement and contract practices for the Virginia Public Procurement Act (VPPA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA), particularly in the highly specialized area of transportation, transit, large and complex multi-disciplinary projects; knowledge of business and contract law as they apply to public purchasing (particularly transportation-related); knowledge of professional service and innovative construction solicitations, risk management, and insurance; general knowledge of key municipal functions, and a wide variety of trades, and professional, business and industrial institutions - particularly those that impact transportation/transit-related projects. Examples of typical projects handled by the TPO include:Acquisition of Construction Services through the use of Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, and Construction Management at Risk methods;Acquisition of Architectural and Engineering (A) Services;Development of "task-order" contracts designed to effectively meet rapidly changing county needs.Other duties will include:Ensuring all procurement transactions under their review comply with applicable laws and regulations specific to public transportation and federal grants and the VPPA, County Purchasing Resolution as well as meets ethical standards;Representing the County during complex vendor negotiations;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 agencies 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;Providing procurement support to Transportation divisions in support of the County's Capital Improvement Program (CIP);Preparing and issuing a variety of solicitations related to Transportation - primarily lengthy, complex Invitations to Bid (ITB's) for Construction and Request For Proposals (RFPs);Participating in vendor outreach sessions such as pre-proposal conferences;Providing support for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)/ Small Business Enterprise (SBE) requirements and developing plans to fairly evaluate DBE and SBE proposals;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;Assisting with change orders and contract amendments; andParticipating in meetings with senior management to strategize on complex procurements. The successful candidate will have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills and close coordination with other professional and technical staff. For more information on the benefits of working for Arlington County government, click here Arlington Career Benefits Selection Criteria MINIMUM: Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field PLUS Significant professional procurement experience which requires negotiating with professional and non-professional service providers, creating or modifying technical or general specifications, and experience with alternative procurement methods; ANDSignificant experience in a transportation/transit-related environment with responsibilities involving procurements with federal funding, DBE/SBE requirements, grant agreement requirements and reporting, contract administration or other areas related to the organization's business processes or operations.SUBSTITUTION: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.DESIRABLE: Preference may be given to applicants with one or more of the following:Virginia Contracting Officer Certification (VCO);Virginia Contracting Associate (VCA);Virginia Construction Contracting Officer (VCCO) Certification;Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO);Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB;Experience with the Virginia Public Procurement Act (VPPA);Experience using established automated solutions to procurement process issues; and/orCompletion of courses in public procurement, negotiation techniques, business or contract law.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.Please attach a cover letter or use the space in the Supplemental Questionnaire to describe:Transportation-related projects that you have supported as a part of your procurement responsibilities;Your experience with the Virginia Public Procurement Act (VPPA);Your experience negotiating contracts with a variety of service providers; in particular, with transportation and CIP projects. Indicate your role on the negotiating team; andYour experience in the use of alternative project delivery, procurement and contracting methods.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. Additional Information Normal work hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with some flexibility. The official work location is 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington VA. However, due to current circumstances, 100% of the work will be conducted remotely for the time being.Completion of the Supplemental Questionnaire is required and a part of the application process for consideration of this position. Do not give "see resume" as a response to questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.For more information on Arlington's family friendly benefits, click here NOTE: This position is listed as "open continuous." Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed, and qualified applicants referred on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:, Full-Time AppointmentsAll jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available: Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year. Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs. Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status. Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.Limited Term Appointments:Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.Temporary Regular Appointments:Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.01 Please attach a cover letter or use the space in the Supplemental Questionnaire to describe: Transportation-related projects that you have supported as a part of your procurement responsibilities; Your experience with the Virginia Public Procurement Act (VPPA); Your experience negotiating contracts with a variety of service providers; in particular, with transportation and CIP projects. Indicate your role on the negotiating team; and Your experience in the use of alternative project delivery, procurement and contracting methods. . 02 Please select your highest level of education: High School or equivalent Some College AA or 60 semester hours (90 Quarter hours) BA/BS not related to position BA/BS required by position Graduate work not related to position Graduate work related to position03 I have work experience in the following areas (check all that apply): Procurement or strategic sourcing experience. Experience in a transportation or transit-related environment. None of the above.04 Please describe your experience in the area(s) you checked in Question #3 above. Please be specific to your duties and responsibilities and how much experience you have. 05 Please select if you have one or more of the following certifications: Virginia Contracting Officer Virginia Construction Contracting Officer (VCCO) Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Virginia Contracting Associate (VCA); None of the aboveRequired Question Agency Arlington County Address 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 511 Arlington, Virginia, 22201 Phone 703-228-3500 Website