Procurement Specialist & Policy Analyst
Posted on 10/2/2023
CDC Foundation

1,001-5,000 employees

Mobilizes resources for critical public health protection
Company Overview
The CDC Foundation stands out for its unique role as the only entity authorized by Congress to mobilize private-sector resources to support the CDC's health protection mission, demonstrating its industry leadership and competitive advantage. Its culture of collaboration is evident in its partnerships with various organizations, corporations, and individuals, which have resulted in approximately 1,000 programs and over $740 million raised since 1995. The Foundation's technical innovation and commitment to public health are showcased in its recent initiatives, such as the development of a guide to help health departments better serve homeless populations, who are at a higher risk for infectious diseases.
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Atlanta, Georgia

Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth

Illinois, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Legal & Compliance
  • A master's degree in communications, public health, the social sciences or a related field
  • Minimum of 15 years' work experience advising and providing guidance on the full lifecycle of procurements and project implementation
  • Certification as Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated expertise in procurement procedures, compliance, and best practices, with expert-level understanding of Illinois State statutes and policies
  • Strong ability to assess existing procurement processes, identify areas for improvement, and implement both high-level and granular strategies to enhance efficiency and compliance
  • Expertise in managing the full procurement cycle, from issuing bid invitations and evaluating bids to contract generation, ensuring transparency and regulatory compliance
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to provide clear instructions, guidelines, and effective correspondence to vendors and agency divisions
  • Proven ability to effectively train and mentor new staff
  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently and within teams
  • Demonstrated experience working with remote partners and teams
  • Advanced proficiency with BidBuy required
  • Advanced proficiency with EGrAMS required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Assist training new, full-time staff on procurement procedures, compliance, and best practices tailored to the specific needs of Department's Office of Disease Control and Health Protection
  • Ensure that the valuable historical knowledge of procurement practices is seamlessly handed over, minimizing disruption during staff transitions
  • Mitigate risks associated with losing critical procurement knowledge, which could lead to costly errors and inefficiencies
  • Assess the existing procurement process and identify areas for improvement
  • Review procurement processes to ensure compliance with established procedures and accuracy with Illinois State statutes and policies
  • Assist new full-time staff in the development of procurement specifications and requisitions, emphasizing clarity, completeness, and alignment with the State's BIDBUY system
  • Assist new full-time staff with instructions and templates for consistent and accurate submissions for purchase specifications and requisition
  • Provide new full-time staff training on the process of issuing bid invitations, selecting qualified bidders, and obtaining necessary approvals from the State Purchasing Officer
  • Provide staff training on the process of preparing bid tabulations, reviewing bids, and compiling necessary documents prior to awarding contracts
  • Highlight factors to consider when evaluating bids and ensuring transparency in the selection process
  • Include strategies for vendor outreach and pre-qualification
  • Provide staff training on developing effective correspondence to vendors and agency divisions
  • Provide guidelines for reviewing bidder applications for regulatory compliance
  • Assist new full-time staff with generating contracts using State-provided templates and best practices
  • Outline the workflow for obtaining necessary approvals, including coordination with agency legal staff
  • Collaborate on special projects related to procurement
  • Provide ongoing consultation to address questions and concerns related to procurement procedures and challenges
  • Troubleshoot issues and optimize the procurement process