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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 185B
Category: Financial Services

Class Series Concept

See Enterprise Contract and Procurement Specialist 1.


In the Department of Enterprise Services performs senior level statewide solicitation, execution and management of master contracts and for client agencies, colleges and universities, political subdivisions and eligible non-profit corporations or has lead responsibility over lower level Enterprise Contract and Procurement Specialists and directly assists Enterprise Contract and Procurement Specialist 3 with daily duties.

Responsible and accountable for compliance with state procurement policy and legislatively mandated state procurement priorities.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This team lead or senior level position performs all the necessary steps to commit the State of Washington to statewide master contracts with potentially significant dollar impact. This level works independently with business executives and state agency executive management. Assists department leaders in strategically planning the state master contracts portfolio. Exercises independent signature authority for medium risk contracts and routinely solicits and manages high risk contracts with guidance from supervisor.

Typical Work

Performs market analysis and customer needs assessment studies to determine if commodities are suitable for master contract and to identify new contracting possibilities;

Coordinates consolidation of actual or estimated statewide purchasing volumes;

Develops and implements strategic direction of contract development;

Exercises authority to independently make decisions with major statewide fiscal impact;

Determines appropriate course of action for procurements and direct negotiations;

Originates and chairs multiagency client committees and evaluates input relative to specification development and contract award;

Originates and finalizes competitive solicitation documents for statewide master contracts and national cooperative agreements when Washington is the lead state;

Conducts pre-bid conferences to provide direction to interested bidders;

Assists suppliers in achieving diversity goals such as small business, minority-owned business, women-owned business and veteran-owned business contract participation goals;

Coordinates and evaluates supplier demonstrations;

Reject bids that do not meet bid requirements;

Negotiate master contract terms and conditions;

Executes and documents contract awards including contract expirations and extensions;

Represents the department as attendee and/or presenter at trade shows and purchasing conventions;

Assign and oversee routine work and projects of team;

Performs the work of the Enterprise Contract and Procurement Specialist 1;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Contract law, principles of negotiations, innovative contracting and procurement techniques; research and market analysis techniques; technical writing skills; contract development and administration.

Ability to: Communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with suppliers, customers, fellow employees and the public; adapt rapidly to changing market conditions and/or customer needs; work effectively with automated procurement systems; develop and lead user committees that aid in development of contract specifications or contract dispute resolution; prepare and interpret complex contract specifications and award criteria; analyze bids or proposals submitted by suppliers and determine award; prepare and interpret procurement and contract statistics and management reports.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in business administration, public administration, supply chain management or closely allied field.


Three years of experience as a Enterprise Contracts and Procurement Specialist or other contracting professional with comparable scope of authority and responsibility negotiating, administering, or terminating contracts.

Additional qualifying experience may substitute, year for year, for the required education.

A Master’s degree in one of the above academic disciplines may substitute for one year of experience.

A law degree from an accredited college or university approved by the Washington State Bar Association may substitute for two years of the experience and the education.

Class Specification History

Establishment adopted 6/22/2023, effective 7/1/2023.