The Chief Procurement Office for Higher Education seeks applicants for the position of State Purchasing Officer to be located in Springfield, Illinois.
The Chief Procurement Office for Higher Education is under the umbrella of the Executive Ethics Commission, a state agency consisting of nine members. The EEC appoints the CPO, subject to Senate confirmation, and provides staff and other support in furtherance of the independent procurement role of the Chief Procurement Officer. The Chief Procurement Office reviews and approves procurements for the State’s public universities, ensuring transactions under its jurisdiction are fair, transparent, accountable, and in the best interest of the State.
The State Purchasing Officer (SPO) is appointed to a 5-year term by the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) which may include a probationary period of up to one year as Acting SPO.
Responsibilities of the State Purchasing Officer:
The SPO (and Acting SPO) represents the CPO at the university level. The SPO’s procurement authority is derived from the CPO, enabling this position to help meet the legitimate needs of the university through a well-run procurement organization. Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
The State Purchasing Officer candidate must possess the following qualifications and skills:
The SPO is appointed by the Chief Procurement Officer to a term of five years beginning on the date of the officer's appointment. By law, the SPO must be able to receive certification by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) or the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) within 30 months of appointment. Prerequisites to testing for certification include:
For detailed information on becoming certified with UPPCC please visit https://www.uppcc.org/Certification
For detailed information on becoming certified with ISM please visit :ISM - Certification - Certification Process
The State Purchasing Officer works in a collaborative environment, interacting with university and other 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.
Work hours: This is a full-time position with a work week consisting of 37 ½ hours per week during normal business hours.
Benefits: This position is eligible to be a member of the State of Illinois Group Insurance program with health, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage options. Currently, 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 and subject to state-wide adjustments.
This position is not subject to the Personnel Code. This position is not subject to collective bargaining and does not require a current grade from Central Management Services.
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 Monday, February 24, 2020:
Applicants may also submit required information via email to Christine.Lazarides@illinois.gov.
The Chief Procurement Officer and Executive Ethics Commission are Equal Opportunity Employers. 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.