Procurement Specialist III

  • Company: City of Austin
  • Location: Austin, Texas 78701 USA
  • Salary: $60,000 to $78,000
  • Date Posted: August 28, 2023
  • Closing Date: September 26, 2023


Position Overview: Under minimal supervision and within their delegated procurement authority, this position will perform a variety of procurement services to their assigned department customers including all formal and occasional informal source selection services, contract monitoring and contract administration services, category management, customer management, and a range of advisement and technical support services in these same areas. This position will typically be responsible for soliciting contracts of the highest value, greatest complexity, and most public interest. Performs source selection and contract formation services including informal solicitations including Requests for Quotations (RFQ), issues purchase orders and single transaction contracts under the State’s formal threshold, participates under and as authorized leading cooperative contracts. Performs all formal solicitations above the formal threshold including Invitations for Bids (IFB), Requests for Proposals (RFP), and Requests for Qualifications (RFQS); solicitations for Citywide, revenue-generating, and concessions contracts; and solicitations for construction and construction-related professional services. Performs contract management and contract administration services including order monitoring for delivery orders, purchase orders, and single transaction contracts; contract compliance monitoring for project contracts and term master agreements; and contract administration services for assigned contracts. Performs advisory and technical support services to assigned department customers, current and prospective contractors, and members of the public on variety of procurement activities including procurement cards; delivery orders; purchase orders; informal source selection processes; all formal source selection processes; construction and construction-related professional services; master agreements; order monitoring; participating under and leading cooperative contracts; contract management; contract administration; and category management. Performs category management of one or more groups of similar and/or related contracts as assigned; develops and maintains product, service, and contractual expertise within assigned categories; develops and maintains market intelligence within assigned categories; develops and executes strategic category plans; and develops and presents reports on the performance of category plans. Performs, as necessary, occasional buying services including purchases using a procurement card, issuing delivery orders for non-competitive releases under existing master agreements, issuing purchase orders for non-competitive buys under the State’s informal threshold.


Knowledge of public purchasing practices and techniques. Knowledge of applicable procurement statutes, ordinances, and codes. Knowledge of accounting and budgeting process as it relates to purchasing transactions. Knowledge of contract law, terms, and conditions. Knowledge of contract category management. Skill in buying procedures, purchase orders, delivery orders, and the use of purchasing cards. Skill in informal and all formal source selection processes including price competition. Skill in contract negotiation and formation, contract management, and contract administration processes. Skill in computes applications including spreadsheets, databases, and word processing software. Skill in establishing and maintaining good working relationships with other City employees and the public. Skill in effective oral and written communication. Skill in exercising good judgment, tact, and diplomacy. Skill in using automated purchasing systems. Ability to develop and lead cross-functional teams. Ability to resolve all contract disputes.

Application Process

A detailed and complete Employment Application is required. Please visit: Employment history dates must include month and year. Please include contact information from previous employers. Top Candidates may be subject to a skills assessment. The candidate selected for this position may be required to provide proof of education. This position will require a pre-employment Criminal Background Investigation. Telework opportunities may be available after an initial training period. Work schedules are implemented to meet the requirements of the department and are subject to change based on business needs. Effective January 1, 2024, non-executive staff that are eligible to telework are required to be in the office for a minimum of three (3) days per week.

Contact Info

Name: Erin D'Vincent
Phone: 512-974-3070
Closing Date: September 26, 2023