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Contract Specialist Duties: The candidate performs market research, reviews specifications and statements of work, and approves acquisition milestone plans. Ensures that specifications and statements of work are prepared in a manner which adequately describes the Government's requirements without restricting competition. Performs a complete review of recommended sole-source requirements and conducts necessary market analysis to test the noncompetitive assumptions of requisitions. Recommends the appropriate methods of procurement i.e. simplified acquisition procedures, sealed-bidding, negotiations. Prepares the solicitation documents using agency contract writing systems for issuance, insuring regulatory and legal sufficiency, and promoting maximum competition. Coordinates with the appropriate Agency, Service Area Office (SAO), Network Contract Office (NCO), or Small Business Administration (SBA) Small Business Liaison on matters relevant to all aspects of socio-economic goal requirements. Conducts public bid openings, reviews bids and determines responsiveness and responsibility of low bidder in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements when using sealed bidding. Determines if the selected offeror(s) represents the best value (price and other factors considered) and meets regulatory requirements to be considered a responsible contractor. 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. Conducts negotiations for competitive and noncompetitive procurements. Conducts cost and/or price analysis of offerors' proposals, and considers all information in developing an overall pricing negotiation strategy. 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.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: The candidate should have a four-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. Applicants who meet the criteria for Superior Academic Achievement qualify for positions at the GS-07 level.
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.
Specialized Experience (GS-09): The candidate must have 1+ year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-7) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include: 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.
2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Master's or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D.
May also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-09 level.
Note: This job is open to Federal employees; Current or former competitive service employees, including: Merit promotion, Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL), and Transfer; and Veterans.
Application Deadline: February 14, 2018.
Announcement Number: SAOW17-SC-18-VO10122306-BU. Apply online. No emails. Visit website for more information.
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