Procurement Specialist

  • Executive Ethics Commission
  • Springfield, IL 62706
  • Jan 13, 2020
Full time Purchasing-Procurement

Job Description

The Executive Ethics Commission of the State of Illinois seeks applicants for the position of Procurement Specialist with the Chief Procurement Office for General Services.

The Chief Procurement Office for General Services (CPO-GS) ensures that more than $7 billion in procurements under its jurisdiction are fair, transparent, accountable and in the best interest of the State.  The Chief Procurement Office for General Services is under the umbrella of the Executive Ethics Commission (EEC), a nine-member commission that promotes transparency, fairness, and integrity by facilitating compliance and enforcement of the of the State Officials and Employee Ethics Act. The EEC appoints the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), subject to Senate confirmation, and provides staff and other support in furtherance of the independent procurement role of the CPO. The staff members of the CPO-GS are dedicated public servants focused on providing exceptional service and valuable results to the agencies and people we serve.


The Procurement Specialist position offers a rewarding career path for individuals interested in making a positive difference in the State of Illinois procurement process. The Procurement Specialist serves in a trainee capacity receiving orientation and training in the principles and practices, methods, and techniques of governmental procurement. This position has access to professional skills development by working and training with a diverse group of public procurement professionals within the Chief Procurement Office and the various agency procurement staffs. As a Procurement Specialist, you will have the opportunity for promotion after successfully completing required training and demonstrating knowledge of the Illinois Procurement Code and the Chief Procurement Office processes and procedures.

Responsibilities of the Procurement Specialist include:

  • Assists with the review of solicitations, evaluations, contracts, and all related procurement


  • Assists State Purchasing Officers (SPOs) with properly documenting procurement activities to meet legal and other


  • Assists the CPO, SPOs, and other department employees in assessing, defining, and offering solutions to procurement problems.


  • Prepares or assists in preparation of reports, charts, forms and studies for the management and implementation of efficient procedures, methods and systems for more effective control, operation and management of procurement


  • Fulfills diverse assignments, including but not limited to research, monitoring activity tools, compiling statistics, preparing reports, and assisting with


  • May have responsibility for administering or facilitating auxiliary programs and conducting outreach activities.



Minimum Requirements:

To become a part of this energetic and exceptional organization the Procurement Specialist must possess the following qualifications and skills:


  • Bachelor level degree from accredited college or university, preferably with courses in business, procurement, supply chain management, public administration, political science, pre-law, communications or other disciplines related to the work of the Chief Procurement Office. Equivalent degree or non-degree education or education plus relevant experience may be


  • Ability to plan effective procedures, methods and operations required for effective business operations.


  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to assist in identifying alternative solutions or approaches to problems.


  • Ability to effectively communicate information and ideas verbally and in writing so others will understand.


  • Ability to establish and maintain satisfactory working relationships with state employees and the general



Office Information

The Procurement Specialist works in a collaborative environment, interacting with state employees and the public via email, telephone, and in person. The work location is an office setting, requiring business casual or business dress attire.


Address: 401 South Spring Street, William Stratton Building, Springfield, Illinois 62706


Work hours: This is a full-time position with a work week consisting of 37 ½ hours per work during normal business hours.


Benefits: This position is eligible to be a member of the State of Illinois Group Insurance program with generous health, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage options. Additionally, this position will earn 12 paid sick days per calendar year, a minimum of 10 paid vacation days per calendar year, 3 paid personal days per calendar year, and 12 paid state holidays per calendar year, prorated based on start date.


This is a non-code position. This position is not subject to collective bargaining and does not require a current grade from Central Management Services.


NOTE: Salary amounts shown are only to be used as a guide; actual salary will be determined at the time of hire.



Agency Contact: Executive Ethics Commission Human Resources Office

401 South Spring Street, William Stratton Building, Room 515 Springfield, Illinois 62706


How to Apply

Applicants should send the following to the address above by 4:30 pm on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020:

  • A cover letter identifying the title of the position for which you are applying, explaining how your

training, experience, and/or coursework qualify you for this position, and identifying how you learned of this position, and

  • A detailed


Applicants may also submit required information via email to


The Executive Ethics Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act, State agencies must ensure that the employment process is accessible to persons with disabilities. Specifically, these laws require that the State provide reasonable accommodations upon request by individuals participating in all steps of the employment process. Please contact the Human Resources Office with requests for reasonable accommodations.


The Equal Employment Opportunity / American with Disabilities Act Officer is responsible for ensuring compliance with these laws. Any issues or concerns should be addressed to the EEO/ADA Officer at 401 S. Spring St, Room 515, Springfield, Illinois, 62706, or by calling (217) 558-1393.