Chief Procurement Officer

State of Arizona - Phoenix, AZ (30+ days ago)3.6


150 N. 18th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007

“Promoting Health and Wellness for all Arizonans” is the motto of the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). ADHS promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults and sets the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy and leadership. ADHS is an award winning, nationally recognized department and is one of the largest in Arizona State Government with a budget of 1.5 billion dollars and workforce of approximately 1550 employees.

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Chief Procurement Officer

Division of Planning and Operations/Procurement

Open until filled


The Division of Planning and Operations is looking for a motivated and dedicated individual to join our team! This dynamic position will oversee procurement management and advise management and staff on all matters related to compliance or interpretation of the Arizona Procurement Code (APC). The individual in this role will review and provide advice on ADHS responses to protests and appeals, and oversee the related activities and purchase orders. The Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) will be responsible for a great deal of memoranda of agreement/facility use agreement documents, as well as other agreements such as Inter-Governmental Agreements (IGA}, Inter-Agency Agreements (ISA), and possibly exploring solicitations through the Grant Statute (ARS 41-2701 through 41-2706).

All Arizona State employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress. Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results. State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Responsibilities include:
Serving as the Chief Procurement Officer for the agency, with full authority for all ADHS procurement, including solicitations, contracts, IGAs, ISAs, etc.

Partnering in the development and administration of ADHS procurement policies and procedures to meet the Division's objectives in accordance with the APC and the state’s General Accounting Office Serving as agency Subject Matter expert on the APC

Requirements include:
Knowledge of Federal and State laws and statutes governing procurement, budgeting, and contractual agreements

Knowledge of government procurement and source selection methodologies

Ability to learn and master the Arizona Procurement Code

Fundamentals of expenditure control, general accounting practices, and business law

Knowledge of contractual language, negotiations, and dispute mediation

Customer/supplier relations skills

Problem solving in variable situations requiring analytical, interpretive, evaluative, and/or constructive thinking within broadly defined policies and objectives

Knowledge of solicitation techniques

Written and oral communications skills, including public speaking/presentation

Ability to Establish guidelines and policies

Preparation of highly complex specifications, solicitations and contract documents

Developing effective and cooperative working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders

Providing strong leadership and direction, clearly defining objectives and motivating employees to accomplish department responsibilities

Negotiating contracts for professional and non-professional services, construction, and supplies

Ability to adapt to rapidly changing priorities and conditions in a fluid environment

Making sound and ethical decisions regarding contracts and contract law issues

Ability to support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination

Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor's or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university

Minimum of seven years progressively responsible experience in public purchasing, with at least 2 years of senior level managerial responsibilities

Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) or Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) Certification issued by the Universal Public Certification Council (UPPCC)

The ideal candidate will be acquainted with government procurement and accounting practices, and will be very comfortable in a state procurement role

The ideal candidate will also have knowledge of or experience in public health


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:

Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans

Top-ranked retirement and long-term disability plans

Accrued vacation pay and sick days

10 paid holidays per year

Deferred compensation plan

Credit union membership

Wellness plans

Employment Requirements

Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.

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