Contract Specialist - Direct Hire

Washington D.C.
Aug 09, 2017
Sep 09, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This vacancy will be filled through OPM's Direct Hire Authority. Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to this announcement.

This position is located in the Financial Management Office, Acquisition Division. The incumbent serves as a Senior Contract Specialist for short, medium and long-term mission responsibilities to be accomplished by applying a broad range of multi-disciplinary, multi-agency contracts to satisfy mission objectives.

  • Not Required

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  • You must be a U.S. citizen & meet the specialized experience to qualify.
  • Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Probationary period of one (1) year may be required.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
    1. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed for progression to the GS-13 level of a contracting position, including at least 4-years’ experience in contracting or related positions. At least one (1) year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of this position, and must have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of the position. AND
    2. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
    For the GS 13 level: In addition to the requirements described above, you must possess the the specialized experience required of this position.

    Specialized Experience: You must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-12 or equivalent to the GS-12 of the Federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as preparing pre-negotiation memorandums and conducting negotiations with potential contractors as well as preparing the competitive range, post negotiation memorandums and the source selection decision document, reviewing correspondence, progress reports, and data submitted by the contractor during performance to detect any factors not in accordance with the contract or otherwise adversely affecting the government's interest.

    All applications must be received on-line via

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    • Researches and provides guidance on complex issues such as contract structure, negotiation strategies, and performance management involving procurements of significant importance to the Commission.
    • Explains both federal and Commission policies and procedures to team members, clients and industry personnel.
    • Negotiates meaningful and effective contracts for a broad spectrum of clients’ needs, applying knowledge of law and business practices to a broad range of actions and establish and maintain client confidence and trust.
    • Coordinates procurement actions and meets frequently with customers regarding procurement activities.
    • Executes all aspects of contracting transactions from applying techniques to research market conditions and sources, developing and refining their needs through strategy, evaluation, negotiation, and selection of contractors for a dynamic range of supplies and specialized services to obtain the best value solutions for your clients’ diverse needs.
    • Assesses workload, reporting workload and briefing the status of workload to both internal and external customers as well as obtaining/performing quality checks of all workload.
    • Serves as advisor to customers in procurement planning meetings.
    • Prepares and maintains acquisition plans, current milestone charts, and related schedules.
    • Conducts preproposal conference(s) with prospective contractor(s) to arrive at a clear understanding of what is required.
    • Attends conferences and exhibits or initiates meetings with industry associations, Small Business Administration, and others for the purpose of expanding competition.
    • Reviews all procurement package documents to ensure that the package is complete and information contained in the package is adequate for industry to respond.
    • Develops acquisition plans that will best support the requirements and customer needs taking into account previous history and market conditions.
    • Examines specifications to match requirements to available options, identifies exceptions or changes needed in standard contract provisions, selects appropriate contract type, coordinates socioeconomic factors and their appropriate activities, and makes determinations concerning method of solicitation, evaluation methodology and delivery considerations.
    • Develops and publicizes/issues the solicitation.
    • Amends the solicitation to clarify/change requirements, language ambiguities, or clarification of provisions and clauses.
    • Evaluates offers/proposals for responsiveness/conformance to the particular solicitation and ability to perform the contract. Determines if competition is sufficient. Obtains reports and evaluates fiscal soundness, quality control, previous record of performance and other indicators of capacity to perform.
    • Coordinates with the evaluation team to ensure evaluations are conducted in accordance with the Commission’s plan.
    • Educates the evaluation team on the evaluation process. Reviews the efforts of the evaluation team to ensure that they are operating in accordance with the evaluation plan. Reviews all evaluation documentation.
    • Analyzes commercial pricing practices applicable to the commodities and the latest economic developments.
    • Analyzes cost and pricing data submitted by offerors to substantiate direct and indirect costs and profit. Determines reasonableness of prices or costs offered.
    • Conducts studies of specific item costs in areas of limited competition.
    • Analyzes marketing data and terms/conditions of previous contracts.
    • Conducts extensive negotiations before and/or after contract award.
    • Formulates the negotiation strategy, identifies areas subject to negotiation, consults with technical specialists concerning data submitted by offerors, coordinates strategy with negotiation team, leads the negotiations and documents the results of the negotiations.
    • Awards contracts within delegated contracting officer authority, or recommends award to contracting officer on contracts outside delegated authority.
    • Prepares debriefings and the Commission’s position on protests from unsuccessful bidders as well as renders/recommends decisions on claims.
    • Responsibilities typically include incrementally funding the contract, preparation of rate and cost adjustments, redirection of effort, coordination of time extension, incorporation of change orders, issuance of stop work orders, issuance of cure notices or show cause letters and monitoring of Government property reporting.
    • Monitors contractor's performance through telephone conversations, correspondence, reports, vouchers, and visits for status of contract performance, scheduling, problems that have arisen and provide proposed solutions.
    • Assists Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs) in understanding their duties and providing guidance and oversight of the administration of the contract. Interprets contract terms for contractors and provides appropriate advice and guidance. Negotiates and issues contract modifications.
    • Terminates and closes contracts.