Senior Procurement & Contracts Specialist, Solicitations: Procurement Professional III

  • Company: Sarasota County Government
  • Location: Sarasota , Florida 34236 United States
  • Salary: $61,131 to $82,534
  • Date Posted: October 25, 2023
  • Closing Date: December 29, 2023


Start Here. Grow Here. Stay Here. Attention Experienced Procurement Professionals! Do you have career experience with drafting, managing and awarding solicitations and contracts? We are looking for a senior-level Procurement professional with public sector solicitations experience to join our Procurement team! If this sounds like you, we invite you to apply.

In the Senior Procurement and Contracts Specialist – Solicitations role, you’ll: Working with department staff and project managers, independently draft, review, advertise and award a variety of solicitations (Invitations for Bids, Request for Proposals, Request for Quotes, and others), with a focus on higher-complexity, higher-profile projects. Follow an established and adopted set of standard operating procedures to accomplish assigned work, and ensure processes are transparent, consistent and compliant. Facilitate public meetings for County staff, vendors and others, including pre-bid conferences and evaluation meetings. Using a variety of templates and tools, draw upon your expertise to prepare and draft contracts for goods, services and projects. Perform peer research, market analysis and other assessments to identify and apply procurement best practices. Participate in periodic Partnership meetings with client departments and provide training and guidance to help customers navigate procurement processes.

Professional Development: YOUR continuing education and professional development are important to us! As a member of our team you will receive paid continuing education in the field of public procurement and obtain (or maintain) your Procurement professional certifications. Visit, and for more information on the Procurement profession and associated certifications.

E-Work/Remote Work: Currently our Procurement team is eligible to e-work up to 2 days per week! After you complete your first six months and contingent on work requirements and other factors, you’ll be eligible for this fantastic benefit.

Typical Work Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


About You

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in liberal arts, English, fields related to law, education or writing; three (3) years of experience in procurement OR Associate degree from an accredited college or university in related field and five (5) years of experience in public or private sector procurement OR Progressively responsible professional experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required degree.

Preferred Qualifications: Three (3) years related experience with public procurement solicitations and contracts. CPPB or NIGP-CPP or the ability to obtain CPPB or NIGP-CPP within three (3) years.

About Everything Else:

Starting Pay Range: $61,131.20 - $82,534.40 based on experience

Position Pay Range: $61,131.20 - $103,937.60

We believe in continuing education and will pay for both training and testing for professional certifications: Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) NIGP-CPP (Certified Procurement Professional)

Benefits: Enjoy great benefits including Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Florida Retirement System (FRS) and many, many more! Starting January 2024, choose one of three great medical plans, including one with a $0 premium option, with completed preventative visits! For more information about employee benefits, please click this link or visit for additional information. Utilize our award-winning wellness program including free gyms and classes at multiple Sarasota County Government locations. Enjoy 11 paid holidays, 3 personal days and 16 paid vacation days in the first year of full-time employment with increasing accrual rates with years of service. (That adds up to a possible 30 days off in your 1st year!)​​ A different blend of voices prompt better conversations, choices and results for everyone.

Sarasota County – Many Voices, One Team. We celebrate and value the experiences, backgrounds, perspectives, talents and strengths that make us different and are committed to creating a culture of understanding and respect where our employees realize that we are stronger together. Our vision is to attract, develop, retain and engage a talented workforce broadly representative of the citizens and communities we serve. To further value creativity, innovation, collaboration and great customer service – internally and externally. Sarasota County Government provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and pregnancy-related conditions), gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, genetic information, service in the military, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws and ordinances. Equal employment opportunity applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation, and training. A job applicant with a disability who requires reasonable accommodation to participate in the application/selection process is requested to make known the need for an accommodation to Human Resources or appropriate county staff members. For assistance with the application, please call 941-861-5353. Government employers are drug-free and tobacco-free environments, EEO/AA/ADA employers, and they prohibit discrimination in all services, programs or activities. Sarasota County Government is a Tobacco-Free/Drug-Free Workplace.

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