Director Of Procurement Programs and Services

Recruitment #201216-6695MP-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services (DAS) houses a number of distinct programs that comprise the business functions of state government, including information technology, human resources, procurement, facilities and real estate, construction services, fleet, workers compensation and more united in a common mission to:

  • Support Connecticut's Growth - To serve our citizens, businesses, state agencies and other branches of government by providing the highest quality services at the lowest possible cost.
  • Drive Continuous Innovation - To increase the efficiency and effectiveness of state government using best practices from the public and private sectors.
  • Provide Rewarding Careers - To attract and retain a workforce of talented, dedicated public servants committed to leading our great state forward.
DAS currently has an exciting career opportunity for an innovative, forward-thinking and experienced procurement professional to become the next Director of Procurement Programs and Services.

The candidate selected to fill this role will possess a desire to drive, develop, champion and implement change. They will be a strategic leader and influencer whose ability to think out-of-the-box and proactively plan for future needs will result in continuous operational process improvements, modernization and efficiencies to increase procurement cost savings. 

This individual will thrive on motivating and developing staff (and program teams), and will have a willingness and the ability to collaborate with all levels of employees including senior leadership and key stakeholders. They must be able to clearly articulate goals and objectives, have demonstrated experience and ability to confidently evaluate situations, identify options and make decisions implementing effective solutions (including technological solutions) quickly and efficiently while considering the boundaries of procurement policies, regulations and laws.

If this sounds like you and you have the passion and desire to serve the citizens of Connecticut as an integral contributor to the success of our mission, we encourage you to apply!

What’s in It for You - Comprehensive Benefits
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage; 
  • Comprehensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings; 
  • Retirement healthcare offerings; 
  • Professional growth and development opportunities.
This position will be responsible for:
  • Serving as a trusted partner to the Commissioner of DAS and the DAS senior leadership team;
  • Working closely with the Office of Policy and Management and other executive branch agencies on shared goals and initiatives;
  • Strategic leadership of a team of over 50 professionals that support all executive branch state agencies;
  • Influencing significant procurement strategies and cost savings at the statewide level, overseeing a portfolio of nearly 1000 active statewide contracts for goods, services information technology and telecommunications products and services and monitoring the performance of nearly 2500 active contract suppliers valued at over $4 billion of statewide spend;
  • Playing a strategic role in ensuring cost containment and creating savings for state agency business operations;
  • Directing and setting policy for statewide sourcing/contracting functions, the supplier diversity program, the state purchasing card program, the state and federal surplus programs, and the construction contractor prequalification program and catalog management functions;
  • Providing administrative oversight of other DAS programs, and playing a critical role in emergency response procurement support functions.

Selection Plan

Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included a resume within the "Resume Tab" of your application.

Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.

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Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Catherine Downey at  


In the Department of Administrative Services, Procurement Services, this class is accountable for administering construction and real estate leasing programs; the acquisition (procurement, lease, or rental) of supplies and contractual services and all equipment including information technology; legal programs associated with statewide procurement and leasing; and related statewide procurement programs and operations.


Administers staff and operations of section; develops, implements, and evaluates section policies, goals, and objectives; designs and develops section programs and activities; implements new procedures and procedural revisions; determines appropriate staffing levels and directs management and coordination of staff; designs and implements performance review standards for section staff; prepares section budget; maintains contacts with individuals within and outside of section who might impact on policy or program activities; prepares buying schedules; checks bid proposals and approves recommended awards in conformance with good buying practice and state statutes; supervises, coordinates, and improves procedures in handling requisitions, bids, awards, complaint reports, and related programs; consults on market conditions, source selection and inventory control materials, equipment and contractual services; oversees statewide procurement legal teams; participates in strategic planning and application of best practices; prepares reports as required; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes, and regulations; considerable knowledge of principles and methods of centralized purchasing administration; considerable knowledge of sources of supply; considerable knowledge of inventory control methods; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills.


Ten (10) years of technical experience in large scale purchasing or procurement.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a supervisory or managerial capacity.
Note: For state employees this is interpreted at the level of Contract Team Leader or above.


1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. A law degree may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


The successful candidate will possess:
  • Experience implementing organizational change;
  • Experience developing and implementing strategic procurement programs;
  • Experience sourcing diverse supply chains, including Information Technology;
  • Experience using analytics to identify sourcing trends, opportunities and solutions;
  • Experience presenting information to key stakeholders;
  • Experience negotiating contracts valued in excess of ten (10) million dollars.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.