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ProfileContract Specialist, GS 9 The candidate assists the requiring activities by serving as a member of acquisition planning teams. Aids requiring activities in performing market research, reviewing specifications and statements of work, and approving 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. 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. Recommends the appropriate method of procurement i.e. simplified acquisition procedures, sealed-bidding, negotiations. Advertises all applicable requirements and prepares the solicitation document using agency contract writing systems for issuance, ensuring regulatory and legal sufficiency, and promoting maximum competition. Conducts public bid openings, reviews bids and determines responsiveness and responsibility of low bidder in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements when using sealed bidding. Conducts cost and/or price analysis of offerors' proposals, and considers all information in developing an overall pricing negotiation strategy. Serves as contract administrator on awarded contracts. Resolves problems of delivery, production, quality, inspection, and other pertinent matters. Administers payment provisions of the contract for partial payments, progress and final payments. Utilizes electronic systems for contract writing (i.e. Electronic Contract Management System (eCMS)), contract management, contract reporting (i.e. Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS)), financial management (i.e. Integrated Funds Control, Accounting, and Procurement (IFCAP)), in accordance with Agency policies. Performs other duties as assigned. Traveling is required.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must have the following qualifications: 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.
Specialized Experience for GS-9: Must have 1+ year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level of federal service. Examples of specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that are typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and 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. OR 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D.
Note: Federal employees, Current or former competitive service employees, including: Merit promotion; Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL); Transfer and Veterans can apply.
Application deadline: 03/01/2018.
Announcement number: SAOW17-18-SC-VO10134325-BU. Apply online. No emails. Visit website for more details.
U.S Department Of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
810 Vermont Avenue
Washington, DC 20420