Contract Specialist US General Services Administration Huntsville

Title Contract Specialist
Date 2020
Company US General Services Administration
City Huntsville

Short Description :

Technical experts involved and leads negotiations which are conducted with contractors to develop the contract prices and terms Expert knowledge of cost and price evaluation techniques to conduct detailed financial assessments of technical data involving state of the ,…

Full Description :

    Duties Summary

    As a senior Contract Specialist you will be required to perform highly specialized procurement for the agency.

    Location: Virtual and/or non-virtual selection(s):

    • Virtual position(s): Incumbent is required to live in the local commuting area of Warner Robins; GA, Tampa, FL or Ft. Walton, FL.
    • Non-virtual position(s): Incumbent will report to a physical site in Atlanta, GA or Huntsville, AL.

    We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed.

    Responsibilities

    As a senior Contract Specialist you will be responsible for the following duties:

    • Perform pre-award and post-award functions involving highly specialized procurements of significant importance to the agency.
    • Perform procurement planning.
    • Serve as an advisor to program officials in procurement planning meetings, identifying the procurement objectives and methodologies to be used and assists in the preparation of statements of work. Prepare determinations and findings and solicitation documents
    • Plan comprehensive negotiation strategies, coordinates strategy with others technical experts involved and leads negotiations which are conducted with contractors to develop the contract prices and terms.
    • Award the contract and perform contract administration.
    • Operate as a senior acquisition executive for the GSA service and/or region analyzing and evaluating contracting policies and practices, and the initiation, development and recommendation of contracting policies, procedures and guidance impacting a large number of contract specialists and contracting organizations.
    Travel Required

    Occasional travelVisits to contractor and/or performance sites.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

  • Job family (Series)

    1102 Contracting

  • Requirements

    Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • Apply online (See How to Apply section.)
    • Meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of closing date
    • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
    • Direct Deposit of salary check to financial organization required.
    • Register with the Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959

    If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

    • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
    • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
    • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level).
    • Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position.
    Qualifications

    For each job on your resume, provide:

    • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
    • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

    If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.
    For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here.
    The GS-13 salary range starts at $87,252.00 per year.
    If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.
    1102 Qualifications GS-13
    For each job on your resume, provide:

    • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
    • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

    For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here.
    The GS-13 salary range starts at $87,252 per year.
    You must meet the requirements in 1, 2, or 3 below:

    • All of the following: (a) Completion of Training listed in Level I & II of FAC-C Course Requirements; or FAC-C Level II or III, or a DAWIA level II or III certification. If your certification is over 2 years old, 80 hours of Continuous Learning Points are required to maintain certification. (b) At least 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions including 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the level described below; and (c) Completion of 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.
    • Exception: If you were in a GS-1102 position on January 1, 2000, you will be exempt from meeting the educational requirements for the grade level of that position. However, to be promoted you will have to meet Option 1 or 3.
    • Waiver: GSA's senior procurement executive has the discretion to waive any or all of the requirements in 1 above.

    Specialized experience for the GS-13 is: one year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service.

    Specialized experience is defined as progressively responsible experience performing complex (high-risk and restricted/limited market competitions) contracting assignments using the full range of pre-award and post-ward contracting methods, contract vehicles and types. Procurement experience in the acquisition of supplies and/or services at this level includes:

    • Determining the method of procurement and the contract type (such as, but not limited to firm fixed price contracts, various cost type contracts, time and materials contracts, IDIQ/requirements contracts, performance based acquisitions, GWAC contracts, MAC contracts and multiple award schedules) for the acquisition of personal and professional services, IT related equipment, and other commodities/equipment;
    • Preparing determinations and findings and solicitation documents;
    • Performing detailed analysis of all elements of costs in contractor proposals, and making competitive range determinations;
    • Planning the negotiation strategy, coordinating strategy with negotiating team, and leading negotiations;
    • Developing pre-negotiation positions, determining negotiation strategies, and preparing justifications;
    • Preparing initial agency position on protests and recommending a decision on claims arising under a contract;
    • Responding to and resolving acquisition questions/issues that require research to provide recommendations/responses;
    • Analyzing complex contracting issues and identifying alternative courses of action;
    • Awarding contracts above the Simplified Acquisition Threshold.
    Education

    https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1100/contracting-series-1102/

    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.

    Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    Bargaining Unit status: NFFE

    We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; through other means; or not at all.
    Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.
    All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be scored on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your responses to these questions must be supported by your resume or your score may be lowered.

    • Expert knowledge of and ability to interpret laws, regulations, principles and policies to generate new procurement concepts and to recommend to top management approval of procurements for the largest, newest and/or critical state of the art systems, equipment and services.
    • Mastery of Federal and Agency procurement objectives, policies, manuals and regulations, national and worldwide contract laws and procedures applicable to the acquisition and contract administration of a wide range of highly technical, complex equipment, systems and services.
    • Knowledge of contract administration and termination techniques sufficient to administer and close out contracts.
    • Expert knowledge of cost and price evaluation techniques to conduct detailed financial assessments of technical data involving state of the art information technology, defense or security systems and extremely high dollar value procurements.
    • Knowledge of contract types, methods of contracting and techniques including cost and incentive contracting, award fee, cost sharing arrangements, processing of unsolicited proposals, multiple awards, special provisions relating to proprietary rights and rights in data.
    • Skill in negotiation techniques to conduct contract negotiations and to meet and deal with high-level business, industry, scientific and/or Government officials.
    • Mastery of the principles of acquisition planning sufficient to develop and implement a plan to procure multiyear contracts for highly technical equipment, systems and services.

    If you are eligible under GSA’s Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.

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    Background checks and security clearance Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process
  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit. Note: If required to submit an SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action), an equivalent agency Notice of Personnel Action form is acceptable. Such document(s) must show all of the following: effective date, position, title, series, grade, and rate of basic pay, tenure group 1 (career) or 2 (career-conditional), position occupied group, and name of agency. If you are a GSA employee (except in the OIG), you are not required to submit an SF-50.

    • If you are a 30% or more disabled veteran, VEOA or VRA applicant or qualified spouse, widow/widower, or parent:
      • Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.
      • If you are a disabled veteran, or are applying under VRA or VEOA as a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran, submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214: (1)completed SF-15 form; and (2) proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).
    • If you are active duty military- Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).
    • If you are a current Federal employee or Reinstatement Eligible: Submit your latest SF-50.
    • If you are eligible under an Interchange Agreement: Submit your latest SF-50.
    • If you are a former Peace Corp or VISTA volunteer: Submit your Description of Service.
    • If you are a current or former Land Management Agency EmployeeSubmit a and b:
      • one or more SF-50s, including your most recent one that shows you were on a competitive time-limited appointment(s) with a Land Management Agency and served on the appointment for a period(s) totaling more than 24 months without a break of 2 or more years.
      • Copy of your agency’s annual performance appraisal(s) or written reference(s) from a supervisor at the agency verifying satisfactory performance during your appointment(s).
    • If you have a disability: Submit proof of eligibility. For information on eligibility and required documentation, refer to USAJOBS’s People With Disabilities page.
    • If you are applying under another special appointment authority: Submit proof of your eligibility under the appropriate appointment authority. See USAJOBS's Resource Center for more information.
    • If you are ICTAP/CTAP eligiblesubmit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.
    • Current or Former Political Appointees: Submit SF-50.
    • College transcripts: If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, you must submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s). If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.

    Contracting Documentation: Submit A or B:

    (A) Mandatory contracting trainingsubmit a or b below:

    • GSA’s Mandatory Training Requirements which can be met by one of the following: Completion of Training listed in Level I & II of FAC-C Course Requirements (use the link to view specific courses); or if you have a FAC-C Level II or III, or a DAWIA level II or III certification, your training is fully qualifying for GSA's Mandatory Training requirement. If your certification is over 2 years old, 80 hours of Continuous Learning Points are required to maintain certification.
    • list of completed courses including: official course title, course number, training provider, training hours completed, and the date completed

    (B) Proof of contracting certificationsubmit the following:

    • FAC-C or DAWIA Level II or higher certification (copy of certificate)

      If certification is over 2 years old, also submit (b) or (c) below:

    • Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) history identifying the completion of 80 CLPs every two years. The 80 CLPs every two years must be from the issuance date of certification to current period.
    • If you are a FAITAS member, you may submit your Continuous Learning Achievement Certificate from FAITAS. On your "My Continuous Learning" page, click on the "approved" link under Achievement Status to print a copy of your most recent certificate.
  • Benefits

    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


Help This job is open to
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Federal employeesCompetitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • Land & base management

    Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.

  • Military spouses
  • Family of overseas employees

    Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas.

  • Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
  • Special authorities

    Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.

  • Veterans
Clarification from the agency

Your application will be considered if you are a: Current career/career-conditional Federal employee in the competitive service; Reinstatement eligible; Special Appointing Authority eligible; VEOA eligible Veteran; ICTAP eligible; or OPM Interchange Agreement eligible.

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