Procurement Contracting Officer

  • Company: County of San Diego
  • Location: San Diego, California 92123 USA
  • Salary: $80,912 to $99,361
  • Date Posted: June 8, 2022
  • Closing Date: July 5, 2022


This is the lead class of the series. Under general direction, incumbents provide technical guidance to Procurement Contracting Specialists, Procurement Specialists, and Assistant Procurement Specialists. The Procurement Contracting Officer is responsible for highly complex procurements and negotiations, contract portfolio management, strategic procurement planning, and negotiating, fixed-price, time and material, and cost-reimbursement type contracts.

Essential Functions: Coordinates specification preparation and secures bids/proposals. Makes contract awards. Participates in hiring of staff. Leads a negotiation team comprised of technical, legal, and fiscal participants. Performs contract portfolio management, strategic procurement planning, solicitation, and evaluation of proposals using automated procurement processing systems. Advises user departments on purchase methods and alternate products and recommends substitutes. Solicits quotations, bids, and proposals. Negotiates contract prices, terms and conditions. Negotiate fixed-price, cost-type, or incentive-type contracts. Prepares various correspondences and reports. Gives presentations to departments, industry, and other organizations on purchasing issues. Implements training programs for County personnel concerning procurement planning and contract administration. Consults with user department personnel concerning requirements May be required to perform the functions of the lower level classes in this series.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITIES Knowledge of: Contracting law, Uniform Commercial Code, and other laws and regulations pertaining to the solicitation of bids/proposals, evaluation of offers, negotiations and awarding of contracts Telephone, office, and online etiquette Vendor practices regarding pricing, material management, shipping, warranties, and invoicing Accounting principles and practices Principles and practices of professional procurement with particular emphasis on systems contracting, service-type contracts, construction contracting, and contract financing Cost and price analysis principles and techniques Contract negotiation methods and techniques Application of contract type (i.e., cost plus fixed fee; award fee; incentive; fixed price; two-step) Negotiated procurement via Request for Proposals Contract portfolio management systems Computer software (i.e., word processing, spreadsheet, database, and graphic) County customer service objectives and strategies

Skills and Abilities to: Meet and confer as the leader of an acquisition team Negotiate and prepare contract documents Work accurately in business/purchasing/contractual transactions Apply municipal financing methods and debt instruments Analyze data Communicate effectively orally and in writing Establish effective working relationships with management, employees, employee representatives and the public representing diverse cultures and backgrounds Treat County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public with courtesy and respect Assess the customer's immediate needs and ensure customer's receipt of needed services through personal service or making appropriate referral Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations Provides responsive, high quality service to County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public by providing accurate, complete and up-to-date information, in a courteous, efficient and timely manner Desirable Traits Communicates Effectively, Knowledge Worker, Customer Focused, Values and Respects Others, Drives to Excel, Teamwork and Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Demonstrates Ethical Behavior, Supportive of Change.


Education and/or Experience Education, training, and/or experience that demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above.

Qualifying education/experience: A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency, preferably in accounting, finance, marketing, business administration, economics or a closely related field; AND two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in contracting, at least one (1) of which is equivalent to the Procurement Contracting Specialist and at a highly regulated industry or public agency; OR One (1) year of experience as a Procurement Contracting Specialist with the County of San Diego.

Note: A combination of qualifying college level education and related professional level experience as described above, may substitute for the minimum qualifications on a year-for-year basis.

Application Process

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Contact Info

Name: Larise Baker
Phone: 858-505-6384
Closing Date: July 5, 2022