Under their direct supervisor, the Senior Contract Officer (SPO) procures a wide variety of goods and services for the 23 VCCS colleges, the System Office and the Shared Services Center. The position also:
oSolicits and issues contracts for goods and services as needed by the SSC customers utilizing a variety of complex procurement methods oManages a portfolio of term contracts for use by the SSC customers (potentially including other public bodies) oAnalyzes market data to make appropriate sourcing decisions. oEnsures that all purchases are performed accurately and timely and in accordance with applicable VCCS and state policies and applicable laws oEmploys best business practices to continuously improve performance, compliance, efficiency and effectiveness.
Extensive expertise in making sourcing decisions for complex procurement of supplies, equipment, and professional and non-professional services, including the ability to analyze market data, exercise sound judgment, take initiative, handle multiple competing priorities, solve problems, and attend to detail while maintaining a big-picture perspective
Ability to develop and comprehend highly complex solicitation and contract documents, including the ability to interpret procurement-related law and policies, apply that knowledge, and as needed participate in the development of related policies and procedures
Ability to build working relationships to solve problems and achieve common goals
Ability to provide exceptional and professional customer service to diverse internal and external customers and suppliers
Ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment with matrix reporting relationships
Proficient written and oral communication skills
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Proficient knowledge and experience using an electronic procurement system, MS Office products and Adobe Acrobat Pro
Ability to travel within Virginia and within the United States as needed
Knowledge of governmental procurement principles and ability to follow procurement policy and standard operating procedures
Expertise in interpreting legal agreements and modifying for compliance
Knowledge of Commonwealth of Virginia (VPPA, APSPM, etc.) & VCCS procurement policies
Knowledge of eVA (state procurement system)
Knowledge with AIS/PeopleSoft functionality
Bachelorâ™s degree from an accredited institution, or equivalent education and experience
Multiple years of complex procurement experience leading solicitations and negotiating contracts, vendor agreements, orders, statements of work, etc.
Experience in a customer service environment
Current Virginia Contracting Officer (VCO) certification or ability to obtain Virginia Contracting Associate (VCA) certification within one year of hire and VCO within two years; see https://vip.dgs.virginia.gov/ for more information on VCA & VCO certifications
Internal Number: 33509
About Shared Services Center
Virginia's Community College's educate 240,000 credit students annually and over 170,000 non-credit students at 23 Community Colleges with over 40 campus locations throughout the Commonwealth. Our mission is to provide comprehensive higher education and workforce training programs and services of superior quality. These programs are financially and geographically accessible to meet the individual, business, and community needs of the Commonwealth.