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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 185C
Category: Financial Services

Class Series Concept

See Enterprise Contract and Procurement Specialist 1.


In the Department of Enterprise Services performs expert level statewide solicitation, execution and management of master contracts for a group of assigned goods and services on behalf of client agencies, colleges and universities, political subdivisions and eligible non-profit corporations or supervises Enterprise Contracts and Procurement Specialists and leads. When supervising, the position plans, trains, mentors, and coaches staff in statewide master contracts and procurement strategies or in management of a portfolio of contracts.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This supervisor or expert level position performs all the necessary steps to commit the State of Washington to statewide master contracts with potential significant high dollar impact. This level works independently with business executives, legislative staff and state agency executive management. Assists department leaders in strategically planning the state master contracts portfolio. Exercises independent signature authority for medium and high risk contracts.

Typical Work

For supervisory positions, interviews and recommends selection of applicants, trains new employees, assigns and schedules work, acts upon leave requests, conducts annual performance evaluations and recommends disciplinary action;

Directs corrective action as required, including negotiations to correct performance, price adjustments or contract terminations;

Authors correspondence and coordinates distribution to suppliers, agencies and other stakeholder representatives;

Meets with contractor representatives, including executive officers and customers to resolve contractual issues;

Communicates with local, regional, national and multinational suppliers to acquaint them with the state’s purchasing program and to stay current with industry developments;

Analyzes legislative proposals, media and public inquiries. Responds directly to inquiries prior to award or delivers advice and assistance to management regarding departmental position and response after award;

Serves on division or department level committees tasked with implementing enacted legislation or formed to explore organizational efficiencies and process improvements and implement procurement priorities;

Provides consultation services to state agencies, colleges and universities and political subdivisions regarding procurements, development of acquisition plans and commodity specifications;

Advises and assists client agencies in the areas of purchasing practices, state purchasing laws and regulations;

Provides advice and assistance to other Contracts and Procurement Specialists on difficult purchasing decisions;

Interpret RCWs, WACs and internal policies and procedures;

Assign and oversee projects to support staff;

Performs the work of the Enterprise Contract and Procurement Specialist 2;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: State procurement statutes and administrative codes, government contracting and procurement techniques; research and market analysis including sources of supply and cost factors; technical writing skills; contract development and administration.

Ability to: Effectively communicate 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 specifications and award criteria; analyze bids or proposals submitted by suppliers and determine award; prepare, maintain and interpret procurement and contract statistics and management reports; negotiate contract terms; coach and transfer knowledge to others.

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.


Four years of experience as an Enterprise Contracts and Procurement Specialist 2 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.