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Contract Specialist, Procurement Services

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs, Sponsored Programs, Grants & Contracts
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The University of Tennessee System invites applications for a Contract Specialist with Procurement Services. The salary for this position is non-negotiable at $58,578.00

Procurement Services assists departments and units throughout the University of Tennessee System with the purchase of goods and services, and this position's primary duty is to review, edit, and negotiate contracts for the university. 

The Contract Specialist will perform the following duties in fulfillment of the role:

    Review, edit, and negotiate delegated and non-delegated contracts on behalf of the University in accordance with fiscal policyDraft contracts and memoranda for exceptions to fiscal policyRespond to contract questions from vendors and University departmentsServe as an instructor for the System-wide contract-management system as neededPerform other related duties as required
The Contract Specialist will support a culture of engagement and belonging by treating others with dignity and respect at all times and by exhibiting conduct that reflects a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The successful candidate will respectfully communicate and cooperate with all employees and will complete all required diversity awareness training to enhance knowledge and eradicate racism in the workplace.



A bachelor’s degree is required. 


A minimum of two years of experience in a professional office environment is required. At least one year of experience interpreting and/or drafting technical or contract language is also required.

Experience with technical writing, contract review, contract drafting, or related work is desired. Intermediate technology skills including at least one year of experience using Microsoft Word software, especially MS Word and Outlook is required. Experience with SAP or other ERP systems is a plus.

A valid driver’s license and the ability to travel frequently is also required.

Additional skills and qualifications include the following:

    Strong customer service skills and the ability to equally balance compliance and customer service to deliver services in a professional, timely mannerOutstanding organizational skillsThe ability to exercise independent judgmentThe ability to read and accurately interpret legal language, regulations, and policiesThe ability to negotiate with attorneys or representing suppliersThe ability to manage high volume workloads accurately and effectively in a deadline-driven environmentStrong communication skills including public speakingExcellent written communication skills including familiarity with standard English writing Knowledge of Adobe Pro or similar document reader

Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Treasurer
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Apr 11, 2022, 8:34:08 AM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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