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Cpa - Statewide Contract Specialist The candidate performs advanced (senior-level) contract management work. Duties involve review, evaluation, risk assessment and writing recommendations for a broad range of state agency contract solicitations for the Contract Advisory Team- Review and Delegation (CAT-RAD) program. Reviews, evaluates, assesses risk, and writes recommendations for information technology solicitations received by the Quality Assurance Team. Serves as liaison to the statewide purchasing team and all other Statewide Procurement program areas; performs a wide range of customer service functions aimed at assisting state agencies in applying procurement best practices; may train internal and external customers; assists the CAT-RAD Team Lead with program related projects. Works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reviews contract solicitations for the Contract Advisory Team and reviews information technology contract solicitations for the Quality Assurance Team. Reviews requests for delegated purchasing authority involving the identification of contractual risks and providing recommendations towards the mitigation of those risks. Ensures solicitations are consistent and compliant with guidance provided in the Texas Procurement Manual and the Texas Contract Management Guide; assists in the development, coordination, and facilitation of CAT meetings, state procurement committees, and other related meetings to educate and promote Statewide Procurement program activities. Serves as a liaison with all other Statewide Procurement programs internally and with other agencies to promote program objectives and goals; interviews various programs to understand the interrelation and interdependency with statewide contracting practices; provides recommendations on contract management and administrative policies, procedures, standards, and best practices; assists with the development of contract management policy and procedure manuals. Performs other related duties and projects as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have completed Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree. Preferred education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public policy, public administration, government, or legal studies. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s in Legal Studies or Doctor of Jurisprudence. Must have 4 years of experience with developing, managing, evaluating, or monitoring contracts, procedural review, analysis, planning, documentation, spend analysis, supply chain management, or strategic sourcing. Should have 1 year of experience with information technology project management or acquisition of information technology software or hardware. Preferred Experience: Experience with public procurement. Experience with drafting and/or reviewing complex procurement solicitations, 1 year of experience with planning, developing, drafting, managing or overseeing contract instruments or purchase orders per the guidelines and procedures published in the Texas Procurement. Substitutions: 1 additional year of experience with developing, managing, evaluating, or monitoring contracts, procedural review, analysis, planning, documentation, spend analysis, supply chain management, or strategic sourcing may substitute for thirty semester hours of the required education, with a maximum substitution of 120 semester hours (four years), the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree. Master of Public Administration or Master of Business Administration may substitute for one year of the required experience. Should have knowledge of: Texas state government organization, administration, and legislative processes, Applicable local, state, or federal rules, regulations, and policies, as well as related legislative and legal practices and procedures, relating to contract administration and contract management, especially the Texas Contract Management Guide and the Texas Procurement Manual. Contract and specification review, development, and oversight. Contract administration and cost monitoring for large-scope and/or high-dollar contracts. Strategic sourcing in the public sector and/or the private sector. Project planning and implementation. Must have skill in: Using effective written and verbal communication to convey information in a clear, concise manner (Communication). Identifying and resolving problems by using strong analytical techniques, innovative approaches and taking initiative in preventing and solving problems (Problem Solving). Should have ability to: Establish and maintain working relationships with co-workers, agency staff and management to achieve common goals (Teamwork). Plan, organize, and prioritize multiple assignments to effectively manage a fast paced and changing work environment without compromising accuracy (Adaptability). Consistently meet internal and external customer needs and expectations in a professional manner (Customer Service). Act in the best interest of the agency, maintain confidentiality and continually strive to improve self and job performance (Professional Conduct and Development). Maintain confidentiality and protect the privacy of state employees, taxpayers and other members of the public (Privacy and Information Security).
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