Procures a wide variety of commodities and/or services, many of which are highly technical and require complex procurement standards and procedures, such as negotiation. Provides contract administration or performs comparable independent highly complex and technical functions. Evaluates situations and has the authority to decide which type of procurement process is appropriate and to initiate and manage that procurement. Conducts research to determine if a cooperative purchasing arrangement with other governmental entities is in the state's best interest and if so, initiates such an arrangement. Reviews purchase requisitions for adequate specifications and scope of work, proper descriptions, and completeness of information. Contacts user agency staff to clarify information on requisitions or obtain additional information. Contacts vendors to resolve contractual problems, and to gain knowledge of the products, sources, prices, marketing practices, design, and capabilities of highly technical and complex commodities and services. Performs advanced analytical work in deciding which methods of procurement, such as negotiation, single feasible source, emergency, multi-year terms, etc. is appropriate; uses that procedure to prepare invitations for bids, requests for proposals, and purchase orders, and to solicit bids or proposals from responsible bidders. Develops and manages procurement teams composed of other buyers and agency personnel in order to use advanced methods of procurement. Conducts concept conferences, when necessary, to determine appropriate procurement method. Conducts pre-bid/proposal conferences. Evaluates bids submitted and makes awards after checking to ensure that proper security is supplied, bids are properly completed and the responsive bidder(s) are providing the desired commodity and/or service. Collects statistical and other information, and conducts research to support recommended actions to determine industry standards and price discounts, to locate commodities and services, and to develop standards and specifications for new products. Assumes responsibility for the procurement of major commodity/service areas. Supervises teams of lower-level buyers by providing assistance and guidance in solving complex procurement problems, interpreting purchasing rules and procedures, and approving bids of lower-level buyers. Advises and trains user agency staff regarding state statutes, regulations, and procedures for the procurement of commodities and/or services. Assists user agency staff, when requested, in their direct procurement of commodities and services. Receives general supervision from an administrative supervisor; however, is expected to perform duties with considerable independence. Performs other related work as assigned.
Work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m with flex time available.