CONTRACT SPECIALIST (PROCUREMENT ANALYST)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Pentagon, Virginia
Posted
Jul 20, 2021
Closes
Jul 27, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

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The primary purpose of this position is to broaden and/or enhance the leadership KSAs of the incumbent by providing business advice and contracting strategies through the initiation, development, recommendation and promulgation of Air Force contracting policies and to internal and external customers and by providing review arid control of contracting activities.
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Responsibilities

DUTY 1
Performs career broadening assignments reviewing, interpreting, initiating and developing procurement policies and procedures. Acts as the prime project officer on extremely complex programs, many of which are without policy precedence. Maintains current knowledge in and provides expert technical guidance over contracting laws, policies, procedures, information systems, and business practices relating to the functional area assigned.

DUTY 2
Performs career broadening assignments involved in researching contracting and acquisition issues to determine problem areas and develop viable solutions. Makes technical determinations in area of responsibility as to course of action to pursue and resolves problems that require inter-functional decision or acquisition reform at headquarters level. Provides technical advice to management, subordinates, peers and organizations throughout the Air Force contracting community.

DUTY 3
Represents the Air Force, SAF/AQ, and Directorate in contracting and acquisition issues. May serve as the United States representative on DoD, intergovernmental, or international treaty organizations. Initiates actions and interacts with officials throughout the Federal acquisition community to assure that policy and procedures effectively support Air Force acquisition needs.

DUTY 4
Contract Administration and Contract Negotiation: Performs broadening assignments in policy-making for contract administration, contract negotiations, pre-award and post-award functions. Leads change by participating in various policy-making and procedures development for contracting functions such as, formulating the negotiation strategy and objectives and conducting extensive negotiations. Develops policies and procedures for highly complex contracting by employing innovative thinking and applying creative solutions.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
4

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Mobility is a condition of employment. The employee must sign an Air Force wide mobility agreement.
  • Employee must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance.
  • Career Broadening positions are managed by AFPC/DP2Z and are centrally funded.
  • Positions are established specifically to provide developmental experience designed to broaden the skills and/or enhance the leadership perspective of a high-potential, mid-level manager.
  • Career Broadening also provides training and developmental opportunities at various organizational levels.
  • These assignments offer the qualified candidate a unique assignment in that the candidates brings certain experience to the assignment while gaining new experiences in a different work environment
  • TEMPORARY PROMOTION: If the position is filled as a temporary promotion, upon completion of the career broadening assignment, the temporary promotion may lead to permanent promotion without further competition
  • This position occasionally requires the employee to travel away from the normal duty station. Employee must be willing and able to travel on military and/or commercial aircraft.
  • Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays
  • Is considered a Procurement Official IAW the procurement integrity provision contained in Section 27 of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act (41 US Code 423).
  • Employee must file the required financial disclosure statement(s)
  • The employee must meet Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements.
  • The employee must meet the requirements of Section 808 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001.


Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must have specialized experience: Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-13) in one or more of the following: (1) soliciting, evaluating, negotiating, and awarding contracts; (2) administering contracts by assuring compliance with the terms and conditions; (3) terminating contracts by analyzing, negotiating, and settling claims and proposals; (4) analyzing and evaluating cost/price proposals and accounting systems; (5) planning, establishing, or reviewing contracts, programs, policies, or procedures; (6) formulating and administering policies and procedures to insure achievement of socioeconomic goals; (7) developing acquisition strategies and directing or managing procurements; and/or (8) providing functional staff advisory services within the contracting occupation. Duties performed are elementary assignments with strict adherence to clearly detailed and specific instructions or guidelines provided by a higher graded employee. Knowledge required may have been acquired through a pertinent bachelorette educational program or equivalent experience.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:
Comprehensive professional knowledge of the principles, laws, regulations, legal requirements, policies, and practices of a very broad range of contracting methods and contract types sufficient to independently perform procedures applicable to preaward and postaward actions for long term and/or high value contracts, contract price /cost analysis, formulate guidelines, implement new developments, provide policy interpretation, and other highly specialized or complex functions where little or no contractual precedent exists to serve as guidance in developing or modifying procurement strategies or pricing structure.

FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Applicants must have served at least 52 weeks at the GS-13 or higher grade (or equivalent in an alternate pay system) within the Federal Civil Service to be considered for referral. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Knowledge of a wide range of procurement and contracting principles, policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements, methods, contract types, procurement law, statutory mandates, Executive orders, and federal and agency regulations.
  • Knowledge of business practices and market conditions applicable to government contracting, including the latest acquisition reform initiatives.
  • Knowledge of contractual instruments, contracting operations, and detailed procedures of contracting requirements sufficient to develop sound strategies and provide effective policy guidance.
  • Skill in oral communications necessary to inform the workforce of policy changes, to make presentations to management of a complex nature and to lead and serve effectively on process teams.
  • Skill in written communications to allow effective articulation of assigned tasks and publication of new acquisition policy and material.
  • Ability to provide effective leadership through application of sound business acumen in order to resolve acquisition problems resulting in acceptable solutions.


  • Education

    Not Applicable

    Additional information

    PCS restrictions: An employee selected to make a PCS to a Career Broadening assignment is restricted from making a second PCS for 12 months

    Defense National Relocation Program is Authorized

    Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

    Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may not be used.

    If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application . The Vacancy ID is 11147933

    If you have questions regarding this announcement and have hearing or speech difficulties click here .

    Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017" suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities please click here . Subsequently, FTR Bulletin 20-04 issued by GSA, provides further information regarding NDAA FY2020, Public Law 116-92, and the expansion of eligibility beyond "transferred" for WTA/RITA allowances. For additional information, please click here .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

    Applicants who meet the requirements for and apply as a non-competitive eligible that meet minimal qualifications and other requirements of this position, will be given consideration as a non-competitive candidate and will be referred unless blocked by an individual with priority/preference.

    Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

    APPRAISALS/AWARDS: Hiring Managers use objective methods and consider previous performance appraisals and awards in the selection process. Current Federal Civilian employees should list any relevant performance related rating and/or awards in your resume.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Secret

    Drug test required
    No

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

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. Applicants who do not submit required documentation to determine eligibility and qualifications will be eliminated from consideration. Other documents may be required based on the eligibility/eligibilities you are claiming. Click here to view the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide and the required documents you must submit to substantiate the eligibilities you are claiming.
  • Online Application: Questionnaire
  • Resume: For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week (if part-time) and dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade, i.e. GS-0301-09. Current Federal Civilian Employees should list any relevant performance related rating (given within the last three years) and/or incentive awards in your resume. Do NOT include photographs (or links to social media such as LinkedIn ), inappropriate material, inappropriate content, nor personal information such as age, gender, religion, social security number, etc., on your resume.
  • Current or Former Federal Civilian Employees (includes current Air Force employees): You must submit a legible copy of a SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action . The SF-50, block 24 must contain "1" or "2" AND block 34 must be a "1". Employees eligible under an OPM approved interchange agreement , block 34 may contain a "1" or "2".
  • Promotion Consideration: If you wish to be considered as a promotion candidate and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one-year time-in-grade requirements. You will need to provide additional SF-50s which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-Grade, Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old).
  • OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS:
    Performance Appraisals for Current Federal Civilian Employees
    - Most recent performance appraisals (dated within last 3 years) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable.
    Awards for Current Federal Civilian employees - List any awards received within the last 3 years on the resume.
    Note: Applicant must not submit award SF50s-Notification of Personnel Actions (SF50s).

    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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