Contract Specialists

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on January 5, 2022
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At King County, we are changing the Procurement value proposition.  Our contract specialists provide governance for over $2.7 billion annually in support of more than 40 departments in King County, and in the face of the pandemic, we continue to drive value while working remotely.

Our team is expanding right now in the following areas!

  • Architectural & Engineering
  • Construction 
  • Goods and Services
About Procurement & Payables: Our value stream begins with purposeful procurement planning, incorporates strategic sourcing, a streamlined solicitation process, and post award metrics to ensure that our contracts are delivering: quality, cost, delivery, and service we expect.  We leverage people, process, and technology to achieve these outcomes.  
About King County: King County is the largest County in Washington State and the 12th most populous in the United States. King County is striving to be the best-run government in the United States and focused on many key initiatives, such as Equity and Social Justice and sustainability. It is the financial, economic, and industrial center of the Pacific Northwest region. The County provides a broad range of services, including public transportation, road construction and maintenance, wastewater treatment, agricultural services, parks and recreation facilities, law enforcement, criminal detention, rehabilitative services, court services, tax assessments and collections, land use planning and permitting, zoning, public healthcare, emergency medical services, election services, animal control, and the disposal of solid waste.

We are actively seeking employees whose behavior is in alignment with our division's core values: Respect, Teamwork, Results, and Innovation   

Scope of Job Duties: To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill, and ability to:
Facilitate and manage multi-step procurement processes that include these duties:
  • Determine bidding requirements, selection criteria and general terms and conditions
  • Develop scope of work and specifications with clients
  • Prepare contract terms and conditions for execution 
  • Facilitate contract negotiations 
  • Hold evaluation meetings, interviews, proprietary meetings, and debriefs with consultants and County staff
  • Support spend analysis and benchmarking for best practices at the category level
  • Support proactive procurement forecasting in conjunction with our agencies
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, contract terms, policies, and procedures
  • Have critical thinking skills and bring techniques to reduce waste and increase efficiency
 Minimum Qualifications:
  • Competitive procurement solicitations, contracting and vendor management experience OR Supply Chain Management degree
  • Basic understanding of contract law, regulations, procurement methods, industry principles and best practices
  • Ability to facilitate cross-functional discussions, resolve conflicts, and find resolutions
  • Ability to effectively communicate, facilitate meetings, work independently, and collaborate as a team member
  • Ability to manage your time and adapt to changing priorities, manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously, meet quick deadlines, and produce timely and quality work products
  • Proficient using current MS Office Productivity tools
  • Ability to uphold our values and work in a remote environment
  • Ability to analyze large sets of data to look for opportunities
  • Ability to research and find answers to complicated questions
 We would love it if you have:
  • Oracle EBS and/or Oracle procurement Cloud or related experience utilizing procurement technology
  • Procurement Certification(s): Such as CPPB (Certified Professional Public Buyer), CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management), CPSD (Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity), Associate DBIA (Design-Build Professional) and/or Associate Design-Build Professional (Assoc. DBIA)
  • Experience with LEAN processes and principles (A Kaizen mindset)
  • Other relevant certifications
Why King County?
  • Remote work options & flexible work schedules
  • Career development and training opportunities 
  • Retirement: pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Free Healthcare Plans: Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Paid Vacation time (in addition to paid holidays)
  • Paid Holidays (12 days in 2022, plus 2 floating holidays)
  • Paid Sick leave
  • Paid Parental leave
  • Free ORCA transit pass
  • Contract Specialist 3:
    • Salary: $95,495.30 - $121,045.81 annually
  • Contract Specialist 2:
    • Salary: $84,816.99 - $107,510.21 annually
  • Contract Specialist 1:
    • Salary: $36.21 - $45.90 hourly
A King County Application and current Resume is required.
  • The first screening of applications will take place on Wednesday, December 8th. 
Other Position Information:
Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a 40-hour workweek; normally 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. These position are currently not represented by a union. Applicants from this recruitment will be used to fill several career service Contract Specialist 1-3 positions.  These positions could also be filled as term-limited temporary or Special Duty Assignment contract specialists.
The work associated with this position will be performed 
remotely in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate. It is possible that the work may be primarily performed remotely on an ongoing basis. Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.  

Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. 

Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.

To support employees during this time King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.  
Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to for other options.
If you have any questions or concerns while applying, please contact:
Liz Callahan, Recruiter 
Connect with me on LinkedIn

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
I understand that all King County employees must reside in WA state. If selected for this position, it is expected you would live in WA state or would relocate for the role.
  • Yes
  • No

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