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Date: Feb 26, 2018

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 30974 

Agency: Management Services

Working Title: ASSOCIATE CATEGORY MANAGER - 72000037

Position Number: 72000037 

Salary:  $45,000 - $50,000 

Posting Closing Date: 03/22/2018 

 Associate Category Manager

Division of State Purchasing

State of Florida Department of Management Services

This position is located in Tallahassee

The Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) is a customer-oriented agency responsible for managing various business-related functions throughout state government. Under the direction of Governor Rick Scott and DMS’ Executive Leadership Team, the agency oversees the real estate, procurement, human resources, group insurance, retirement, telecommunications, private prisons, and fleet and federal property assistance programs utilized throughout Florida’s state government. The Department of Management Services is relied upon to establish, maintain and improve the business processes used by state employees to create a better, not bigger government.  The Department of Management Services facilitates the delivery of these programs and services and provides tools and training to bolster the efficiency and effectiveness of the state’s workforce. It is against this backdrop that DMS strives to demonstrate its motto, “We serve those who serve Florida.” Under the leadership of DMS Secretary Erin Rock, DMS’ employees embody four pillars on a daily basis: establishing a process-oriented mindset; challenging the status quo; creating efficiencies; and respecting state employees.

Position Responsibilities:

Develops, communicates, and implements procurement strategy for assigned moderately complex category(s). 

  • Recommends sourcing strategy based on overall procurement objectives, customer needs, supply market dynamics, technological changes in the marketplace, and other relevant factors.
  • Sets strategic sourcing work plan and identifies key members for solicitation team.

Identifies target savings for assigned need through market analysis and works with Business Operations Manager to validate addressable spend from spend analysis report.

Develops solicitation documents based on specified sourcing strategies in accordance with established policies and procedures, formats, and deadlines.

Supports strategic sourcing teams in the development of financial and technical evaluation criteria for more complex solicitations.

Develops negotiation strategies (where applicable) based on vendor response and market analysis to identify possible outcomes.

  • Leads negotiation with selected vendors for less complex category(s).
  • Supports complex negotiations as needed.

Serves as central point of contact for customers and vendors of assigned solicitations.

Utilizes computer skills to create, manage, analyze, and document sizable datasets and /or research information.

Participates in the development and capture of best practices in the field of procurement.  

Develops and maintains professional knowledge of the procurement field.

Assists with procurement application projects as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to influence senior purchasing and agency management
  • Good presentation, teambuilding and leadership skills
  • Knowledge to strategically source using the 7-step procurement model
  • Ability to analyze category of spend, market conditions and supplier base
  • Moderately skilled at conducting financial/analytical analysis
  • Knowledgeable about Florida Statutes, Florida Administrative Code and contract law
  • Participates in moderately complex negotiations
  • Ability to perform in a moderately complex cross-functional business environment
  • Knowledgeable program/project management ability
  • Ability to interface with senior government management, customer/supplier executive management; public agency executives
  • Ability to sit and use repetitive motion for extended periods of time.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 2 years of experience; OR 4 years professional experience in procurement, project management, or related business field. 
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Florida Certified Contract Negotiator (FCCN), Project Management Professional (PMP), Florida Certified Contract Manager (FCCM)
  • E-sourcing experience
  • Experience using Ariba, MyFloridaMarketPlace or FLAIR

DMS is committed to successfully recruiting and onboarding talented and skilled individuals into its workforce.  We recognize the extensive training, experience and transferrable skills that veterans and individuals with disabilities bring to the workforce.  Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact our recruiter for guidance and answers to questions through the following provided email addresses.

An individual with a disability is qualified if he or she satisfies the skills, experience, and other job related requirements for a position and can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must contact the DMS Human Resources (HR) Office at (850) 488-2707. DMS requests applicants notify HR in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

Successful completion of background screening will be required for this position.



The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee