Contract Administration Manager I (Procurement Lead)

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Position Title:      

Contract Administration Manager I (Procurement Lead)



Military Occupation Specialty Code:        

Army-51C; Marines-3006, 3044, 8640; Air Force-6C0X1, 64PX



Number of Vacancies:



Chief Procurement Office / Procurement Services

Salary Range:

$5258.67 - $6833.42/ monthly



Hours Worked Weekly:     






Agency Address: 

300 W. 15th Street, Austin Tx 78701

Web site:

Refer Inquiries to:              

Human Resources


(512) 463-5920 or (512) 475-4612


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Applicants must provide in depth information in the EXPERIENCE & CREDENTIALS section to demonstrate how they meet the position qualifications. Incomplete applications may result in disqualification.

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Interview Place/Time:

Candidates will be notified for appointments as determined by the selection committee.


Section 651.005 of the Government Code requires males, ages 18 through 25 years, to provide proof of their Selective Service registration or proof of their exemption from the requirement as a condition of state employment.


The Department of Information Resources does not exclude anyone from consideration for recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, retention, or any other personnel action, or deny any benefits or participation in programs or activities, which it sponsors on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability.  Please call 512-463-5920 to request reasonable accommodations.


The Texas Department of Information Resources serves a wide spectrum of customers including Texas state, county or local government offices, and public education entities of all sizes by leveraging bulk buying power that enables eligible customers to buy IT products and services at aggressive discounts without the need for a lengthy procurement process. Procurement and contracting officials interface with major IT companies, DIR customers, and the public in performing their roles. DIR is a fast-paced and collaborative environment with energetic and engaged employees dedicated to achieving the best value for the state. We are a state agency utilizing private industry best practices, including tele- work opportunities, to improve overall state functionality.

In this role, the individual will perform advanced (senior-level) contract administration work supporting the mission critical functions of the agency's overall procurement program including Shared Technology Services, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Cooperative Contracts Program, and agency-specific services. Opportunities also include work on coordinating procurements for large scope, high-dollar, and/or multi-award contracts by defining requirements and developing, negotiating, and awarding contracts, as well as documenting and implementing process improvements, developing guidelines, policies, and procedures. Duties include prioritization of work streams and setting standards for achieving procurement program goals. Additionally, this individual may purchase commodities and equipment of a specialized or complex nature, including Information Technology related goods and services; complies with current purchasing policies and regulations and ensures state procurement procedures are followed.

This is an opportunity to work under limited direction from the Procurement Director with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


The ideal candidate will have the ability to highlight their strengths in the following functions:

  • Coordinates procurements on behalf of the Chief Procurement Office.
  • Makes recommendations on guidelines, policies and procedures; develops schedules, priorities and standards for achieving procurement program goals.
  • Ensures compliance with current contracting policies, regulations and procedures.
  • Oversees or prepares the scope of work, specifications, and conditions for new contracts; prepares contracts; leads negotiations; and awards new contracts.
  • Serves as a resource to other Contract and Vendor Management staff on escalated issues of an unusual nature.
  • Provides customer consultation, evaluates customer requirements and advises in the development of contract specifications to achieve optimal balance between best value and cost savings; includes conducting customer workgroups to gather input for use in developing RFO specifications.
  • Makes recommendations on improving existing departmental procurement and contract management processes and practices.


  • Participates in training required for certification
  • Oversees the distribution of bid invitations to vendors
  • Reviews submitted proposals for administrative compliance
  • Maintains required certification
  • May assign and/or supervise the work of others
  • Reviews and analyzes legislation related to contracting
  • May identify or forecast cost savings for initial contract, extensions, and amendments compared to previous contract
  • Performs related work as assigned


  • Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with major course work in business, public administration, accounting, management, or a related field.
  • Additional work-related experience may be substituted for the education on a year for year basis.


  • Six (6) years of experience in developing and implementing procurement-related processes, participating in and developing solicitations, managing procurement projects, interacting with business units and legal counsel, and conducting vendor discussions


  • Experience in state or government purchasing
  • Experience in information technology procurements


  • Certification as a Certified Texas Contract Developer (CTCD) must be obtained within six (6) months of employment if not already certified, unless otherwise approved by Supervisor
  • Certification as a Certified Texas Contract Manager (CTCM) must be obtained within one-year (1) of employment if not already certified, unless otherwise approved by Supervisor


  • Knowledge of State of Texas procurement laws, regulations, rules, policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of laws governing state purchasing and Historically Underutilized Business program participation.
  • Knowledge of purchasing methods and procedures, purchasing sources, prices, market factors, product characteristics and technical specifications.
  • Skill in analyzing and interpreting trade publications, literature and manufacturer's specifications.
  • Ability to gather, assemble, correlate, and analyze facts and devise solutions to procurement challenges
  • Ability to prepare and/or make presentations to the agency's Board
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cordial working relationships at all organizational levels, including agency management, direct supervisors, co-workers, internal, and external customers
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to support and contribute to a cohesive team environment
  • Ability to understand, follow, and convey brief oral and/or written instructions
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing; in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet required deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure and exacting schedules to complete assigned tasks
  • Ability to comply with all agency policies and applicable laws
  • Ability to comply with all applicable safety rules, regulations and standards


  • Proficiency in the use of a personal computer and applicable software necessary to perform work assignments, e.g., word processing, spreadsheets (Microsoft Office preferred)


  • Regular and punctual attendance
  • Criminal background check


  • Frequent use of personal computer, copiers, printers and telephones
  • Frequent standing, walking, sitting, listening, and public speaking
  • Occasional bending and stooping
  • Frequent work under stress, as a team member, and in direct contact with others
  • Infrequent lifting and climbing