Contract Team Leader


Recruitment #220822-1663AR-001


Are you looking for an opportunity to drive continuous innovation, improve business processes, and deliver value-added programs? If so, we are looking for you!

We work with customers and team members to understand their needs and expectations. We promote learning, creativity, and improvement to meet those needs and adapt to an ever-changing environment. We value respect, integrity, excellence, diversity, and inclusion, and seek team members who share those values.

Our mission at the State of Connecticut, Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Procurement Division is to deliver value-added procurement programs and services by creating efficiencies, introducing smart technologies, and providing collaboration and strategic leadership, while acting with integrity. If you have the skills to support this mission and the goals of continuously improving customer service and business processes, fostering, and sustaining a strong work environment, strong staff performance, and being accountable while strategically aligning our resources, then we encourage you to apply for this Contract Team Leader position.

The Contract Team Leader position will supervise a team responsible for Information Technology (IT) procurements. The team will partner with IT and business leaders to drive business value and minimize costs through the negotiation and purchase of hardware, software, software-as-a-service, and related implementation, and support services. The Contract Team Leader will leverage leadership skills along with knowledge of the IT industry, to support the team and meet the needs of state agencies. 

The position is (40) hours per week, Monday through Friday, primarily in a telework environment, and the physical office location is 450 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT 06103.

Benefits: We participate in a competitive benefits package that includes comprehensive healthcare policies including medical and dental coverage, retirement plan options, paid time off, and more! We also encourage a healthy work-life balance for all employees and provide professional growth and development opportunities!

Selection Plan

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In the Department of Administrative Services this class is accountable for supervising Contract Specialists and Analysts engaged in the procurement of commodities and/or services for statewide use with a major focus on contract preparation, negotiation and contract management as well as customer service outreach and development.


Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work of teams; supervises day-to-day team activities; provides staff training and assistance; conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations; reviews team workloads, determines priorities and plans team work to ensure all customer needs are met; establishes and maintains procedures; develops or makes recommendations on development of policies and standards; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding policies and procedures; prepares reports and correspondence; participates on business planning and performance review teams to ensure success of teams, division and department; measures team performance against business plan; focuses on complex procurement strategy including such areas as:

1.  STRATEGIC PROCUREMENT PLANNING: Identifies customer strategic business direction and its impact on customers procurement needs; develops related procurement strategy to assure customer needs and expectations are met; analyzes current business and economic trends and emerging technologies and evaluates their applicability to procurement strategy; evaluates potential for multi-state cooperative procurement agreements and/or Connecticut state and subdivision cooperative purchase agreements and establishes plans and strategy for creating such contracts.

2. CONTRACTING-ADMINISTRATION: In addition to the advanced technical expertise of the commodities directly assigned, the team leader must also possess a working knowledge of the commodities assigned to team members.

3. CONTRACTING-APPROVAL: Delegated authority to approve contracts valued up to $1 million based on extensive knowledge of statutes, business law and contracting expertise.

Performs related duties as required


Considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of procurement practices and procedures; considerable knowledge of business law and its applicability to procurement, contracting and sales; considerable knowledge of principles and techniques of customer service delivery; knowledge of and ability to utilize available technology; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable problem solving skills; considerable negotiation skills; considerable marketing skills; ability to lead a team.


Eight (8) years of experience in procurement work with emphasis on contract negotiation and customer service delivery.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the advanced working level. For State Employees this is the level of Contract Specialist.


  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 (4) years for a Bachelor’s degree.
  2. A Master’s degree in a related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • Experience supervising a team.
  • Experience with the procurement and contracting processes for Information Technology.
  • Experience with Project Management Skills.
  • Experience prioritizing projects with competing deadlines.
  • Experience with Data Analysis skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Suite, including Teams.



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