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  • 511173
  • Full-time


Your Partner For A Stronger Arizona.

DES works with families, community organizations, advocates and state and federal partners to realize our collective vision that every child, adult, and family in Arizona will be safe and economically secure.

DES serves more than 3 million Arizonans. Our Mission is to make Arizona stronger by helping Arizonans reach their full potential through temporary assistance for those in need, and care for the vulnerable.


Division of Financial Operations
Office of Procurement

Job Location:

Address:  1789 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $80,000.00 - $82,500.00 

Grade: 22

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

The Department of Economic Security is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team as a Senior Procurement Specialist with the Office of Procurement.

Job Duties:

• This position is engaged in complex work, exercising considerable independence and discretionary judgment to establish effective, efficient, economical, and legal contract management and acquisitions.
• Serves as Procurement Project Management Lead for assigned procurement projects.
• Exercises limited procurement authority, including preparation of sole source, impractical, and emergency recommendations and exempt procurement.
• Provides training and mentoring to colleagues engaged in procurement activities.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Knowledge of public contracts management and acquisition process, and State procurement code rules and regulations.
• Knowledge of uniform commercial code and Federal antitrust laws.
• Knowledge of contract management and acquisition software programs, including the Department's automated system.
• Knowledge of business law as it relates to contract formation and administration.
• Skill in project management, negotiation research and analysis, and value analysis.
• Skill in listening; and verbal and written communications.
• Skill in use of computers and software, including Word processing, spreadsheet, and database; and use of general office equipment.
• Ability to perform statistical and abstract analysis.
• Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and prioritize activities effectively.
• Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with governmental agency representatives and customers.

Selective Preference(s):

• Prefer a minimum two years of experience equivalent to a Procurement Specialist, and a Bachelor's degree in business, purchasing, or a related field organization.
• Professional experience and certification education such as CPPO, the CPPB minimum or CPM from a professional purchasing organization is preferred.
• Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum qualifications may be substituted.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired State employees.
• Successfully pass background and reference checks; employment is contingent upon completion of the above-mentioned process and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
• The position may require the 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 record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12). Individuals may be required to use their personal motor vehicle.


The Arizona Department of Economic Security offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

- Career Advancement & Employee Development Opportunities
- Flexible schedules to create a work/life balance
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)
- 10 paid holidays per year
- Stipend Opportunities
- Infant at Work Program
- RideShare and Public Transit Subsidy
- Affordable Medical, Dental, and Vision
- Life and Disability Insurance

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


State employees are required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS), the State sponsored retirement contribution plan and the Long-Term Disability (LTD) program after a 27-week waiting period. The ASRS defined benefit plan provides for life-long income upon retirement. You will also have the option to participate in a voluntary deferred compensation program to take advantage of tax-deferred retirement investments.
On, or shortly after, your first day of work you will be provided with additional information about the available insurance plans, enrollment instructions, submission deadlines and effective dates.

Contact Us:

Apply through azstatejobs.azdoa.gov. For questions about this career opportunity, please call Rose Ibe at (928) 225-4382 or email RIbe@azdes.gov.
Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting (928) 225-4382. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


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.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.