Procurement Analyst (Direct Hire Authority)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Nov 26, 2020
Closes
Dec 01, 2020
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Tour of Duty: 8:00am-4:30pm
Position Description Title/PD#: Procurement Analyst / 28085A
Compressed/Flexible Schedules: May be Authorized
Telework: Eligible
Virtual Position: No

This recruitment is for 1 position with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Acquisition and Logistics, Procurement Guidance and Instruction Service, located at 425 I Street, NW, Washington, DC.

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Responsibilities

Serve as a Senior Procurement Analyst and provide Department-level program development, implementation, review and oversight of a wide range of activities across the acquisition lifecycle. Initiate, write, and coordinate VA internal review and concurrence of acquisition lifecycle procedures and guidance and follows through to issuance of final documents. Analyze proposed legislation, draft Congressional testimony, and recommend and defend the VA position. Interpret new policies, collaborate on developing new policy guidance and revising regulatory and/or procedural acquisition policy guidance related to the acquisition lifecycle. Facilitate and streamline the acquisition process, procedures, and systems and advise senior leadership of acquisition issues and policy proposals that have exceptional controversial legislative interest or affect the Department. Plan and evaluate acquisition lifecycle programs; provide guidance for the application of policies and procedures by Department staff and acquisition field offices. Manage Office Portfolio/Objectives - Continuously assesses areas of responsibility and develops methods to display and record results. Lead and manage various strategic acquisition lifecycle initiatives. Complete special projects, reviews and analyzes broad, complex, unique, and sensitive acquisition lifecycle issues involving the full spectrum of functions for which PPSO is responsible. Exercise considerable latitude to determine the scope of projects or reviews, resources required, and business processes to be followed for determining the appropriate problem resolution. Evaluate and interpret research findings related to acquisition management and develop experimental designs and analytical methods for agency studies; apply broad operations research methods; and, apply a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods to identify, assess, analyze, and improve effectiveness and efficiency across the acquisition lifecycle. Write white papers, information papers, position papers, memoranda, and prepare oral presentations and briefings of finding for executive staff. Lead and participate in meetings and conferences within or outside the agency regarding matters related to ALF functions. Brief your office Director on all implications of actions proposed and make recommendations involving resolution of policy issues, customer communication issues, etc., to approve, disapprove, or modify specific correspondence.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
Subject to a background/suitability investigation
May serve a probationary period
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

Physical Requirements: Work in primarily sedentary. No physical demands are required to perform the work.

Copy of unofficial transcripts. See Required Document section for more information.

Must meet all eligibility requirements to receive and maintain the Federal Acquisition Certification (FAC-C) Level III certification within 12 months of assignment.

Qualifications

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
Subject to a background/suitability investigation
May serve a probationary period
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

Physical Requirements: Work in primarily sedentary. No physical demands are required to perform the work.

Copy of unofficial transcripts. See Required Document section for more information.

Must meet all eligibility requirements to receive and maintain the Federal Acquisition Certification (FAC-C) Level III certification within 12 months of assignment.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Basic Requirements
A. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.
- AND -
B. 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.
C. Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver under Paragraph D.
D. Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the waiver. If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action.

Specialized Experience Requirement
One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes but is not limited to: Substantial and significant experience with the acquisition lifecycle. Considerable experience applying Federal Acquisition Regulations. Advanced experience with federal government acquisition activities - acquisition/contracting laws, policies, procedures, and operations, and of commercial business and industry practices. Used analytical skills to evaluate audit reports, regulations, and other relevant materials. Developed and implemented department-wide processes, procedures, guidance and instructions related to acquisitions. Broad experience measuring and evaluating both acquisition policy and operations. Adept with oral and written communication skills to present sensitive recommendations to higher authority.

Note: There is no educational substitution for the specialized experience required at this grade level.

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; religions; 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

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ .

If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

NOTE: The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) does not grant Academic degrees; therefore courses completed at the DAU are not creditable towards meeting the 24 semester hour requirement, in the fields identified above, unless the coursework has been evaluated by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and appears on a college or university transcript.

Additional information

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/ .

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Applicants will be referred in alphabetical order.

The competencies identified for this Procurement Analyst position (PD 28085A) are:
  • Knowledge of various types of contracts, techniques, or requirements (for example, Federal Acquisitions Regulations) for contracting or procurement, and contract negotiation and administration.
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting costs, work, and contractor performance.
  • Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
  • Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
  • Knowledge of the principles and methods for developing an integrated acquisition management plan that describes the business, technical, and support strategies, including the relationship between the acquisition phases, work efforts, and key program events (for example, decision points, contract awards, test activities).
  • Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.


  • Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    NCS/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    Documents Accepted:
    • Cover Letter
    • Additional Transcripts (for example, to prove 4-year degree)
    • Course Descriptions (for example, to prove course content sufficient for business credit)
    • Other (3)
    • Professional Certification
    • Resume
    • Separation Notice (RIF)
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    Documents Required:
    • Resume
    • Transcript

    Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

    Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

    Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    Resume: Your resume must include your name, contact information, job title, starting and ending dates (month and year) of employment, hours worked per week and salary information. Additionally, all federal experience listed must include the job series and grade. Each grade held must be indicated separately with the appropriate experience in order to accurately assess the amount of specialized experience earned in the position. For example, it is not helpful to state "GS-9-13" because we are unable to determine how much experience a person earned at the GS-13 level.

    Transcripts: You must provide a copy of unofficial transcripts. The transcripts must show your name, the courses completed, the date your degree was conferred and the name of college to determine accreditation. If selected, you must provide official transcripts. NOTE: Transcripts should list the courses completed as well as state a degree conferred, and have a date.

    We will not make assumptions about educational achievement. For example, this position requires completion of 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree. You must upload the bachelor's degree transcript, even if you also provide a transcript of a higher level degree.

    This position requires 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. If your course title doesn't clearly convey that it is one of these fields, it is your responsibility to provide course syllabus/descriptions to substantiate the content of the course.

    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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