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ProfileContract Specialist - GS 9 The candidate ensures that specifications and statements of work are prepared in a manner which adequately describes the Government's requirements without restricting competition. Advises technical personnel as to inadequate, ambiguous or vague specifications to avoid Government liability. Performs a complete review of recommended sole-source requirements and conducts necessary market analysis to test the noncompetitive assumptions of requisitions. Prepares required findings and sufficiently documents. Conducts public bid openings, reviews bids, and determines responsiveness and responsibility of low bidder in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements. Resolves protests, mistakes in bids, late bid situations and coordinates with the Small Business Administration for Certificate of Competencies (COC's). Identifies appropriate negotiation team members; formulates pre- negotiation objectives , and facilitates the negotiation as the chief negotiator. Prepares price negotiation memoranda , outlining in writing the details of negotiations with contractors in competitive and noncompetitive negotiations. Provides signatory authority and executes contract awards within warrant authority for their own contract awards and for staff that lack requisite warrant authority, as requested by supervisor. Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have following qualifications:
For a GS-09 position, must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07 level. Must meet the basic requirement of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field OR 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. [Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.
Specialized Experience: Must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-07) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Knowledge of acquisition regulations, contract law, and procedures applicable to acquisition and contract administration including change orders, supplemental agreements, terminations, claims, and close out of contracts. Knowledge of various types of contracts, including firm-fixed price, firm-fixed price with economic price adjustments, and cost reimbursement; and contract methods to include simplified acquisitions, sealed bidding, negotiations, cost sharing, multiple awards, commercial items and special provisions. Knowledge of contract administration principles and practices sufficient to monitor contractor performance and compliance with all terms and conditions of the contract. Knowledge of negotiation techniques sufficient to negotiate prices, terms and conditions, contract modifications and settlements. Knowledge and proficiency of an electronic Contract Writing and Management System ( i.e. e-CMS) and ability to fully solicit, award, and administer contracts. -OR- 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B or JD
May also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-09 level.
To qualify for GS-1102 positions on the basis of graduate education, graduate education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
Should have knowledge of contracting laws and policies, including, techniques of contracting operations, procedures of departments contracting requirements, and familiarity with the practices of business and industry sufficient to assist requiring activities in performing market research, reviewing specifications and statements of work, and approving acquisition milestone plans.
Ability: Ability to interpret and apply Federal procurement regulations, policies, and procedures to complex and often obscure contracting situations. Ability to meet deadlines and deal with rapidly changing situations. Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, to develop, solicit, award, and administer contracts, to present ideas, data, and recommendations effectively. Ability to lead discussions to reconcile differing objectives and viewpoints.
Closing date: 05/31/2018.
Apply Online. No emails.Announcement number: SAOC23-DM-18-VO10208063-BU. Control number: 499310900.
U.S Department Of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
810 Vermont Avenue
Washington, DC 20420