Colorado Springs Utilities Senior Contracting Specialist in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Senior Contracting Specialist

Job Type: Finance/Accounting/Procurement

Pay Range $70,678.40 to $88,337.60

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Posting Close Date 1/1/19

Senior Contracting Agent

The Senior Contracting Agent job is in the Procurement and Contract Services unit of the Planning and Finance Division. In this role, working within a multi-level contracting team, you will exercise a high degree of independent judgment and discretion in the development of recommendations concerning the appropriate strategic sourcing strategy, timing and impact of contracting, and purchasing functions. Senior Contracting Agents are directly responsible for negotiating and managing complex, high-dollar, high risk, and high visibility contracts; requiring substantial experience, knowledge, professionalism, confidentiality and business acumen. You will be responsible for exercising appropriate contracting authority to implement a variety of contract requirements, special provisions, and terms and conditions to ensure compliance with Federal, State, and municipal laws and regulations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Negotiating contracts for software, hardware, support services, XaaS/cloud-based services, systems integration, and professional services and consulting engagements in support of a wide range of projects with strategic impact, including enterprise-wide and customer-facing systems and programs.

  • Managing complex, high-dollar, high risk, and high visibility solicitations, and leading the sourcing process, working with stakeholders throughout the organization to ensure selection of best-value suppliers through fair and ethical solicitation practices; strictly adhering to public procurement policies and procedures.

  • As a contracting subject matter expert, analyzing and interpreting complex contractual issues to develop and implement improvements in contracting, sourcing and procurement policies, processes, and legal practices in order to mitigate risk and resolve issues.

  • Leveraging intergovernmental and cooperative agreements and other resources available to provide internal stakeholders with flexibility in solution options.

  • Providing a high level of service by engaging with internal stakeholders through collaboration, training, and providing guidance regarding advanced contracting, supplier management, and risk mitigation practices.

Why should you apply? If you are a team player, thrive on variety in your work and are passionate about supplier contracting and procurement, then this opportunity is for you! This job will allow you to work with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders on diverse projects in support of Colorado Springs Utilities’ needs. In joining our Procurement and Contract Services team, you will be genuinely challenged with engaging work while helping to provide safe, reliable, competitively priced utility services to the citizen owners of Colorado Springs.

Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is the perfect blend of mountain and city living. Colorado Springs boasts breath-taking scenery, abundant recreation activities, and diverse populations. With the recent spotlight on energy in our country, energy careers are on the fast track. At Colorado Springs Utilities, we continue to innovate by using state-of-the-art technology. Our employees enjoy the satisfaction of fulfilling work that impacts our citizen owners and community daily.

What will it take to be successful in this position? Most people who are successful in this role come with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Contract Management, Purchasing Management, or a closely-related field. In addition, most will offer experience in Information Technology contracting or a closely-related field. The ideal candidate will offer a wide variety of experience with all aspects of strategic sourcing, contracting, and negotiations.

Additional knowledge, skills and experience desired: ( please detail any experience with the below on your resume ):

  • Ability to develop clear, thorough contractual language addressing technology requirements, information and systems security standards, compliance, service level agreements, and key performance indicators.

  • Familiarity with negotiation and management of complex Statements of Work, Task Orders, Change Orders, Amendments, and other contractual methods for the management of projects

  • Municipal (local or state) procurement policies and best practices

What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer you…

  • At Colorado Springs Utilities, we are committed to living our values of Safety, People, Trust, Responsibility, Collaboration, and Continuous Improvement. In addition to a great location and dynamic work, we offer competitive pay, excellent benefits, and generous time off, all while working in the shadow of beautiful Pikes Peak.

  • We are a diverse team of professionals who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community through new and innovative technologies.

  • We understand employees have competing priorities. That is why we have created an environment which embraces teamwork and flexibility.

Join a diverse team of high performers who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community and tap into the power of your potential!

All postings will close at 11:59pm on the Posting Close Date. Candidates must apply for the position prior to this date and time. If the Posting Close Date is blank, the position will remain open until filled . Actual starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas. All eligible applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Job Type: Finance/Accounting/Procurement