Contract Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Posted
Oct 19, 2019
Closes
Oct 22, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

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Responsibilities

  • Responsible for complex, multidisciplinary contracts, including a highly specialized Performance Based Logistics (PBL) procurement of significant importance to the Agency and Military customers.
  • Conducts acquisition planning, solicitation, evaluation, negotiations, contract award, contract administration and contract management functions
  • Develops and reviews complex pricing arrangements, terms, and conditions. Serves as the lead warranted Contracting Officer, leading the negotiating team, with unlimited signatory authority.
  • Responsible for business and legal decisions involving contract award, administration and termination actions, having signature authority for all pre-award and/or post-award actions.
  • Serves as the lead Contracting Officer working across all levels of DLA and the military Services to implement the operating aspects of the contract, to negotiate and determine appropriate Key Performance Indicators.
  • Tracks, analyzes, and reports on performance status. Reviews and recommends resources and strategies for meeting goals and objectives. Coordinates the efforts of high-ranking civilian and military personnel.
  • Interprets Federal procurement policies, goals and objectives as they pertain to a highly specialized procurement. Identifies and analyzes process problems, and emerging needs.
  • Formulates and justifies new initiatives to address unique problems and presenting and defending complex positions, which may be subject to scrutiny.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Security Requirements: Non- Critical Sensitive with Secret Access
  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination, where reciprocity cannot be applied; unfavorably adjudicated background checks will be grounds for removal.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Selective Service Requirement: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
  • Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
  • Bargaining Unit Status: Yes
  • This is an Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Workforce Critical Acquisition Position (CAP) that requires Level III certification in the Contracting Career Field. (See Additional Information section)


Qualifications

To qualify for a Contract Specialist, your resume and supporting documentation must support:
  • Basic DoD 1102 Requirement: Public Law 106-398, Section 808: A.) A baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees AND B.) at least 24 semester hours (or equivalent) of study from an accredited institution of higher education in any of the following disciplines; accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management; OR C.) a current civilian employee in DoD or member of the Armed Forces, who occupied an 1102 position, contracting officer position, or comparable military contracting position with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold on or before September 30, 2000 are excluded from the requirements of A. AND B. above.
  • Contracting Officer Basic Requirement: Must possess at least 2 years of experience in a contracting position.
  • One year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and is directly in or related to this position. In addition to meeting the Basic DAWIA Requirement above, to qualify for the GS-14 grade level, specialized experience must be at the GS-13 grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military or private sector. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including time-in-grade (General Schedule (GS) positions only), time-after-competitive appointment, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the cut-off/closing date of the announcement. Creditable specialized experience includes:
    • Experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the full range of highly complex pre and post-award activities utilizing a variety of contract types and pricing arrangements;
    • Experience analyzing and evaluating cost and pricing data for proposed and on-going procurements for highly complex, high monetary value, long-term acquisitions on a fixed price and cost reimbursement basis.
    • Experience with assessing the total cost and benefits associated with traditional and alternative methods of contracting for customer support.
    • Experience with laws and regulations pertaining to contract pricing and the prescribed methods of assessing price reasonableness for commercial and military unique items and services.
    • Experience with reviewing contracts and programs to assess the compliance with pricing strategy and determine the effectiveness of the pricing strategy used. Experience providing responsive, timely support to customers.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Education

    Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

    You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at time of application.

    GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

    Additional information

    This is a Critical Acquisition Position (CAP). Unless specifically waived by the appropriate Component official, (i.e., the Director of Acquisition Career Management for the Component, the Service Acquisition Executive, or the Service Secretary) or if the employee is "grandfathered" under 10 U.S.C. 1736 (c) (I), the following are statutorily mandated requirements (Reference: 10 U.S.C. 1733 and 1737):
  • Selectee must be a member of an Acquisition Corps at the time of appointment.
  • Selectee must execute, as a condition of appointment, a written agreement to remain in Federal service in this position for at least three (3) years. In signing such agreement, the employee does not forfeit any employment rights, nor does such agreement alter any other terms or condition of employment.
  • MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: In order to receive this preference you must choose to apply using the "Priority Placement Program, DoD Military Spouse Preference (MSP)" eligibility. If you are claiming military spouse preference and are determined to be among the Best Qualified for the position, you will be referred to the hiring manager as a priority applicant.

    For Important General Applicant Information and Definitions go to: http://www.dla.mil/portals/104/documents/careers/GenAppInfoDef.pdf

    Reemployed Annuitants: This position does not meet criteria for appointment of Reemployed Annuitants. The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at: http://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/140025/1400.25-V300.pdf

    INFORMATION FOR VETERANS is available at: http://www.dla.mil/Careers/Programs/veterans.aspx . As of 23 December 2016, Military retirees seeking to enter federal service in the Department of Defense now require a waiver if they would be appointed within 180 days following their official date of retirement.

    DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for DLA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with DLA for a period of six months. This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564. The Defense Logistics Agency's Drug Free Workplace Plan's drug testing panel includes testing for the following illegal substances: marijuana, cocaine, opiates (codeine/morphine), 6-Acetylmorphine (heroin), phencyclidine, amphetamines (amphetamine/methamphetamine), methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    The assessments for this job will measure the following Competencies:

    Technical Competencies:
    Contract Administration
    Solicitation of Offers
    Proposal Evaluation (Contracting by Negotiation)
    Contract Performance Management
    Procurement Analysis
    Oral Communication

    General Competencies :
    Accountability
    Conflict Management
    Customer Service
    Decision Making
    Developing Others
    Flexibility
    Influencing/Negotiating
    Interpersonal Skills
    Problem Solving
    Integrity
    Teamwork
    Resilience
    Strategic Thinking

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation may be completed and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire and USA Hire assessments. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required for this position. If your resume and/or supporting documentation is reviewed and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Secret

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position you must provide a complete Application Package. Each Application Package MUST include:
  • Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. If multiple resumes are submitted by an applicant, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed for the qualifications and referred for selection consideration if eligible.
  • Applicable documents to support the eligibility(s) for which you are applying. Please review the following link for a listing of the additional documents you will need to provide: Supporting Documents .
  • If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here .
  • If you are claiming Military Spouse Preference, you must submit the following supporting documents with your application package: Marriage Certificate or License; Signed Self-Certification Checklist (must be certified within 30 days); Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, Statement of Service, if applicable); Transcripts (if applicable). These documents must provide acceptable information to verify: Residency within the commuting area of your sponsor's permanent duty station (PDS); proof of marriage to the active duty sponsor; proof of military member's active duty status; and other documentation required by the vacancy announcement to which you are applying. NOTE: Previous federal employees must also submit the following additional documentation: SF-50s (e.g., LWOP, highest grade held, overseas appointments, etc.), SF-75 information, and documentation of performance rating of record (dated within the last 12 months).

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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