Contracting Officer I

Procurement St. Louis, Missouri


Contracting Officer I 



Full-time employment opportunity with a dynamic and multi-faceted resource for economic development in the St. Louis region. 

About Us 


Since 1950, we have partnered with private and public organizations on hundreds of projects that have created thousands of jobs on both sides of the Mississippi River. 


BSD operates with a focus on making a positive impact on the region and the nation, better connecting the Bi-State area to the rest of the world. We are impacting neighborhoods, large and small, in Illinois and in Missouri, with investments that are shaped by our unique perspective of the region and its potential. 


Why Work Here 


  • Work for a company that strives to make a positive impact in the region
  • Earn competitive salary
  • Free access to 9 gyms at our facilities 24-7 as well with Personal Trainers available
  • Discounted memberships with Club Fitness
  • Wellness program that provides free health screenings
  • Discounted cellular phone service
  • Free MetroLink and MetroBus access
  • Uniform allowance
  • Medical, Dental, Vision coverage effective on your 1st day
  • 4 weeks earned PTO
  • Your Birthday is a floating holiday
  • Company sponsored 401k plan
  • Employee assistance program
  • Eligible for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness program
  • Tuition Reimbursement Available



The Role 


Manage and conduct the procurement and contract administration process from the planning and development of solicitations through the delivery of goods or services.  Choose solicitation methodology in consultation with the Category Manager. Develop solicitation packages, terms and conditions, bid sheets or other price schedules, statements of proposal requirements, etc.  Identify potential vendors, insure competition commensurate with market and costs, and manage solicitation process in keeping with regulatory and ethical standards.  Work with internal customers to plan schedules for particular procurements. 




Essential Functions: 

  • Negotiates contract terms and conditions
  • Recommends contract awards
  • Leads a negotiation team comprised of technical, legal, and fiscal participants
  • Performs procurement planning, solicitation, and evaluation of proposals using automated procurement processing systems
  • Collaborates with and advises requestors on purchase methods and alternate products and recommends substitutes.
  • Solicits and evaluates quotations, bids, and proposals
  • Prepares and/or negotiates contract prices, terms, and conditions
  • Prepares various correspondences and reports
  • Provides responsive, high quality service to Agency staff, representatives of supplier community, and members of the public by providing accurate, complete and up-to-date information, in a courteous, efficient and timely manner.
  • Oversee Agency-wide Blanket or Contract Purchase Agreements
  • Resolves invoice and/or receipt discrepancies as required
  • Procurement activities will be conducted in a manner to ensure internal customers receive goods and services needed in accordance with Metro procurement policy, which provides for full and open competition to the extent possible
  • Represent the Agency by upholding the integrity and transparency of the Procurement process while maintaining compliance with federal regulations, ethical standards and the Agency Code of Conduct

Knowledge, Skill, & Abilities 


Knowledge of:  

  • Contracting law, Uniform Commercial Code, FTA Circular 4220.1F, FAR and other laws and regulations pertaining to the solicitation of bids/proposals, evaluation of offers, negotiations and awarding of contracts
  • Telephone, office, and online etiquette
  • Vendor practices regarding pricing, material management, shipping, warranties, and invoicing
  • Elements of cost accounting principles and practices
  • Principles and practices of professional procurement with particular emphasis on automated procurement and information systems
  • Contracting, goods and/or service-type contracts, construction contracting, and contract financing
  • Elements of cost and price analysis principles and techniques
  • Contract negotiation methods and techniques
  • Application of contract type (i.e., cost plus fixed fee; award fee; incentive; fixed price; etc.)
  • Negotiated procurement via Request for Proposals
  • Elements of material management systems
  • Computer software (i.e., word processing, spreadsheet, database, and graphic)


Skills and Abilities to:  

  • Meet and confer as the leader of an acquisition team
  • Negotiate and prepare contract documents
  • Work accurately in business/purchasing/contractual transactions
  • Analyze data
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Establish effective working relationships with management, employees, employee representatives and the public representing diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Treat Agency employees, representatives of outside organizations and members of the public with courtesy and respect
  • Assess the customer’s immediate needs and ensure customer’s receipt of needed goods and/or services through personal service or making appropriate referral
  • Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations




Degree: BS, BA, Master’s degree or comparable experience.  Certification in Construction Management and/or Procurement Certifications such as CPPB, CPPO, CPSM, NIGP-CPP  

Years: 3-5 years of professional Procurement experience preferred or comparable experience that demonstrates the ability to manage procurements of moderate to high complexity. Experience with Oracle or similar enterprise resource planning tools desired. Experience in procuring and issuing construction contracts. 

Field: Procurement or related field 

Filed: Procurement, Supply Chain Management, or related field 




Bi-State Development is committed to providing an Equal Employment Opportunity experience for all employees, applicants, vendors and customers with an environment free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.