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Purchasing Administrator

Date Posted:  Nov 15, 2023
Requisition ID:  433950

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion - Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to complete the application and interview process, as well as perform the essential functions of a role.


Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT):


The Indiana Office of Technology provides cost-effective, secure, consistent, reliable enterprise-technology services to our partner agencies so that they can better serve our mutual customer, the Hoosier taxpayer. IOT will also act as the technology and solution enabler for the State, helping its partner agencies achieve business objectives and innovation.



This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $59,800.  Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.

Role Overview:


The Purchasing Administrator is a subject-matter expert in the procurement of various commodities and services in a cost-effective manner and on a timely basis. You will handle sensitive issues when dealing with agency personnel and vendors, supporting the decisions of upper management. You will coordinate and execute State procurement functions in accordance with Indiana Code.


To be a certified buyer for the State, you must take the Indiana Delegation of Purchasing Authority Program (DPAP) classes and pass the DPAP test within four weeks of the date of hire.  The training is conducted by the Indiana Department of Administration.

A Day in the Life:


The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Provide administrative oversight of both automation-related and traditional contract services. 
  • Purchase on behalf of the agency within a pre-determined delegation authority and consistent with agency purchasing and procurement laws, rules, regulations, and procedures. 
  • Maintain a substantial file system covering all services or items contracted for by the Agency. 
  • Perform vendor bid/quote evaluations to determine most responsible and responsive vendor for purchase process. 
  • Analyze vendor performance issues regarding contract administration 
  • Apply State-described vendor percentage preferences to purchases. 
  • Negotiate, execute, and administer contracts, QPA Agreements and amendments  
  • Communicate with staff and outside vendors as necessary to solve problems, address complaints, and facilitate the timely processing of purchases.  
  • Document fully and accurately all purchase processes for auditing purposes.  
  • Ensure that all procurement-related documents are completed fully and accurately.  
  • Act as a resource to provide guidance and assistance for agency procurement agents concerning procedures, policies, and regulations governing all purchasing and contract activities.  
  • Troubleshoot agency functional issues in PeopleSoft eProcurement, Purchasing, Sourcing, and Supplier Contract Management. 
  • Establish and maintain assessment criteria according to current procurement rules and statutes. 


The job profile is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.​ 

What You'll Need for Success:


You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Finance, Purchasing or Business Management or 5 to 8 years of full-time professional experience. 
  • Broad knowledge in contracting, requisitions and purchasing/procurement, accounting, business administration, fiscal management, or related experience. 
  • Broad knowledge of state and federal procurement laws, rules, procedures, practices, and forms. 
  • Extensive knowledge specific to overseeing and managing contracts. 
  • Effective communication skills. 
  • Broad knowledge and advanced proficiency with E-Procurement management system and ability to use the Microsoft Suite software. 
  • Expertise with general project management including financial management, and conflict management. 
  • Ability to negotiate contracts and bids. 
  • Inter-personal relationship skills are a must, and strong communicators with positive attitudes will be most successful in the established work environment. 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality. 
  • Eligible to be bonded and able to accurately handle financial documents. 


You must satisfy the following requirements to continue employment: 

  • Required to take initial Indiana Department of Administration Purchasing and Procurement training and to attend any further required training​ 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may be utilized in a supervisory capacity based on agency needs.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:


The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
    • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
    • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruit, select, develop, and promote employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable state and federal laws. 


If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, you can request assistance by contacting the Indiana State Personnel Department at [email protected].


The State of Indiana has established a culture that welcomes equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all employees and applicants. We encourage you to apply if you feel you have the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.

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