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Contract Specialist/procurement Analyst

Company name

Organization Type

Government

Job Type

Non-practicing Attorney

Date Last Verified

May 04, 2021

Valid Through

Aug 17, 2021

Posted on

Jan 04, 2021

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 82721 to 151115 Annually

Years of Experience

Min 1 yrs required

Location

Cambridge, MA, United States

Employment Type

Full-time

Industry

Legal
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Contract Specialist/Procurement Analyst - Direct Hire
Duties: Be responsible for the full range of pre-award functions involving procurements (including assistance agreements), typically involving technical services or programs of research and development, specialized equipment or systems. Be responsible for the solicitation, analysis, evaluation, and negotiation of proposals and budgets. Perform acquisition planning, scheduling procurement from time of acceptance in the Division through award. Develop procurement objectives for the requirement in terms of and price range, and constructs the considerations. Prepare and maintain current acquisition plans, appropriate milestone charts, and related schedules. Perform detailed analyses of all elements of cost in contractor and applicant proposals and budget applications, and make competitive range determinations. Conduct pre-proposal conferences with prospective offerors and applicants to arrive at a clear understanding of what is required under the proposed procurement. Obtain appropriate data from technical officials. Issue solicitations, with amendments as necessary, to clarify questions concerning such topics as specification changes, language ambiguities, or clarification of contract clause. Initiates, develops, and recommends contracting policies and procedures for the guidance and control of subordinate contracting activities. Evaluates and recommends disposition on requested waivers to statutory requirements. Reviews, evaluates, and provides specific guidance concerning contracting policies and procedures relative to Government facilities, acquisition workforce, suspension and debarment, unauthorized commitments, pre-award or price/cost analysis, contract closeout, warranties, recovery of nonrecurring costs, and interdepartmental coordinated procurements. Participates in the development of policy as a representative to special task groups within the agency or department. Develops position papers relating to various phases of contracting. Provides advice and guidance on contracting matters to project managers and contracting officers at subordinate contracting activities. Support major programmatic efforts supporting mission critical work of the Volpe Center and its sponsoring organization or major internal program areas and efforts to maintain the Volpe Center complex and support our operations. Provide staff support to the Acquisition Compliance Team Lead and Acquisitions Director in the areas of strategic planning, policy and procedure development and implementation, data analysis and report compilation, contract compliance, and acquisition program coordination, monitoring and oversight for the Volpe Center’s acquisition programs, processes and policies.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications:
A solid background and experience in the award and administration of contracts using the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) specifically Parts 8, 12, 13, 15 and 16. Must have expertise in the award of a wide variety of contract types to include firm-fixed-price, time-and-materials and cost reimbursement for the acquisition of professional and technical services, as well as research and development, and in conducting price analysis and detailed cost analysis. Extensive operational pre-award, award and post-award experience as well as experience on a variety of contracting matters including, but not limited to acquisition human capital planning, acquisition workforce career management, suspension and debarment, price/cost analysis, contract closeout, and unauthorized commitments. Experience supporting an organizations strategic planning, policy and procedure development and implementation, data analysis and report compilation, contract compliance, and acquisition program coordination.
To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet either the education or experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.
To qualify for the GS-12, must have 1+ year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11, it must include: Experience writing and administering a variety of contracts, for example, procurement of equipment, research & development services, or technical services.
To qualify for the GS-13, must have 1+ year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-12, it must include: Experience independently coordinating contract negotiation strategies, for example, developing contract prices, terms and awards.
To qualify for the GS-14, must have 1+ year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-13, it must include: Experience managing contractual activities for an organization responsible for issuing multiple-source, multiple-award, and multi-million dollar contracts.
Knowledge, Skills And Abilities (KSAs):
1. Knowledge of various types of contracts, techniques, or requirements (for example, Federal Acquisitions Regulations) for contracting or procurement, and contract negotiation and administration.
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; religious; 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.
Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement.
Education:
Mandatory Education Requirements For GS-12:
A. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree with a major in any field; OR
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-9 level.
B. Graduate Education: 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.
Mandatory Education Requirements For GS-13 and 14:
A. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including 4+ years’ experience in contracting or related positions. 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.
Closing date: 12/09/2021

Additional info

Announcement No. OST.RVOLPE-2021-0006

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Secretary of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Ave, S.E.
Washington, DC 20590

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