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;
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).
Name: Brittany Lopez