Contracting Specialist - Entry to Experienced Level (Ft. Meade, MD)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Fort Meade, Maryland
Posted
Jan 08, 2022
Closes
Jan 16, 2022
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

We are looking for Contracting Specialists and Contract Managers.

As a Contracting Specialist, responsibilities include:

- Designing acquisition strategies to meet the government's needs through the most appropriate contracting method
- Conducting market research
- Preparing and issuing Requests for Proposal (RFP) and Requests for Quote (RFQ)
- Evaluating proposals from potential contractors/vendors
- Negotiating contract terms with selected contractors/vendors
- Evaluating procurements to ensure compliance with funding, legal, and program requirements
- Preparing and awarding contracts with supporting documentation in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations and NSA policy
- Administering contracts to include issuing modifications, and monitoring performance, and ensuring payment is issued
- Solving complex and unique challenges that arise throughout the life of a contract
- If not already completed, training in federal acquisition to become certified in Contracting under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act within 24 months of employment

As a Contract Manager, responsibilities include:

- Monitoring contractor performance and ensuring services are delivered in accordance with the contract terms
- Meeting frequently with vendors and government technical experts to discuss contract cost, schedule, and performance
- Collaborating with technical experts to establish unambiguous contract tasks; validating those tasks are within the contract scope and cost parameters
- Leading a team to evaluate contractor proposals and determine which proposal best meets the government's requirements
- Presenting status updates on expenditures, delivery timelines, and contractor performance to senior executive leadership
- Partnering with contracting, finance, and mission experts to ensure long-term contracts are properly funded and that contract modifications are approved in a timely manner
- Forecasting requirements for future contracts
- Reviewing contract invoices and collaborate with vendors to resolve any errors or issues
- Identifying opportunities to improve contract performance and reduce contract cost
- If not already completed, training in federal acquisition to become certified in Contracting and Program Management under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) within 24 months of employment

Requirements

Conditions of Employment



We are are looking for someone who:

- Loves to learn
- Is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
- Can juggle multiple priorities and deadlines
- Possesses strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Enjoys problem-solving and strategic-thinking
- Easily juggles multiple priorities and deadlines
- Communicates clearly and builds positive working relationships
- Practices problem-solving and strategic-thinking
- Doesn't mind taking time to get the details right
- Enjoys teamwork and collaboration
- Curious to learn about unfamiliar topics
- Excels at Microsoft Excel

Qualifications

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Salary Range: $49,157 - $78,167 (Entry/Developmental)
- Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

Salary Range: $72,750 - $113,362 (Full Performance)
- Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 7 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

Salary Range: $103,690 - $134,798 (Senior)
- Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 4 years of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 10 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

Relevant experience must be in business management (e.g., acquisition, procurement, finance, contracting, accounting, and logistics). DAWIA Contracting I certification is preferred.

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