U.S. Army Contracting Command Contract Specialist in Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona
Summary About the Position: Serves as a Contract Specialist for a variety of supplies, services, equipment, and construction contracts for all activities located at Yuma Proving Ground and other activities as requested/directed. Responsibilities Performs all pre-award contracting functions which require the use of fixed-price, cost reimbursement, or a combination of contract methods and types to procure large, highly complex/high dollar equipment systems, programs or services. Analyzes requirements and recommends necessary revisions to requesting activities to clarify requirements. Determines method of procurement, milestones, acquisition plan and type of contract. Develops procurement plans by reviewing previous history, market conditions, and specifications or technical data packages. Compiles bidders' list from qualified applications, knowledge of suppliers, contacts with trade associations, Small Business Administration (SBA), or other sources. Conducts pre-solicitation/pre-proposal conferences and processes protests. Performs detailed analysis of proposals received, ensuring strict compliance with specifications on negotiated procurements, and recommending award based on best overall value to the Government. Obtains necessary reports and evaluates the contractors' fiscal soundness, production capacity, quality control, present commitments, previous record of performance and other indicators of capacity to perform. Analyzes proposal for requirements which range from minor equipment to commodities that are subject to design or specification changes or the introduction of changes in manufacturing processes. Coordinates actions with customers, legal counsel, technical, and financial specialists, the small business utilization specialist, etc., who represent the various disciplines involved in the procurement process. Performs post-award functions to include monitoring contractor performance, negotiating Delivery Orders (DO), extensions of delivery schedules, price adjustments, modifications to the contract and similar agreements and contract closeout. Conducts extensive negotiations during all phases of the procurement process and identifies areas subject to negotiation (e.g. price, quantity discounts, packaging, payment discounts, transportation and delivery, etc.). Requests or performs price/cost analysis utilizing a variety of techniques involving a wide range of factors affecting contractors' costs. These duties are described at the full performance level (GS-11). The GS-07/09 levels are developmental with promotion potential to the full performance level at GS-11. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities. Current Department of Army Civilian EmployeesDefense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) Interchange AgreementDomestic Defense Industrial Base/Major Range and Test Facilities Base Civilian Personnel WorkforceInteragency Career Transition Assistance PlanLand Management Workforce Flexibility ActMilitary Spouses, under Executive Order (E.O.) 13473Priority Placement Program, DoD Military Spouse Preference (MSP) EligibleVeterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998 In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document. Basic Education Requirement for the 1102 series: A bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees. OR Exemption: You are exempt from the education requirements above if (A) you are a current DoD employee, in any occupational series, who has served on or before September 30, 2000, as follows: (1) Served as a GS/equivalent-1102 position or contracting officer position with authority to award or administer contracts above the SAT in any Federal agency, OR (2) Served as a military member in a comparable military occupational specialty; OR (B) you are a current member of the armed forces who occupied a position within an occupational specialty similar to the GS-1102 series on or before September 30, 2000. AND In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position at the GS-07/09/11 grade levels you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below: Applicants will be selected at either the GS-07/09/11 level. The target grade of this position is GS-11. Specialized Experience Required: GS-07: To qualify based on your work experience, your resume must describe at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service which includes assisting in compiling contract packages; assisting in monitoring contractor performance; assisting in preparing solicitations; and assisting in reviewing bids/proposals. OR Education: One full year of graduate level education in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. OR Superior Academic Achievement: Successful completion of all the requirements for a bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement. In order to be creditable under this provision, Superior Academic Achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. Superior Academic Achievement is based on: 1. Class Standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses; OR 2. Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of either (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.; OR 3. Honor Society Membership - Applicants may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (https://www.achsnatl.org/). Specialized Experience Required: GS-09: To qualify based on your work experience, your resume must describe at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service which includes performing pre-award contracting function using fixed price, cost-reimbursement, or a combination of contract methods; developing the negotiation strategy to include preparation, coordination, and execution of pre-negotiation; and reviewing bids/proposals to ensure regulatory and advertised procurements compliance are met. OR Education: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. Specialized Experience Required: GS-11: To qualify based on your work experience, your resume must describe at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service which includes performing all aspects of the procurement cycle to include formal advertising, evaluating proposals, contract negotiations, execution, and administration of supplies, equipment, services, construction and/or special assigned programs; performing pre-award and post award procedures to plan and conduct the contracting process; and developing procurement packages to meet the needs of the agency. OR Education: Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. OR Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) by 18. Add the two percentages. You must submit a copy of ALL your transcripts with this application package Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas: Contract Performance ManagementContracting/ProcurementProcurement AnalysisSolicitation of Offers GS-07 Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-05). GS-09 Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-07). GS-11 Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-09). Education FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration. You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. Two year trial/probationary period may be required. Direct deposit of pay is required. This position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter. Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees. If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet. This is a Career Program (CP) 14 - Contracting position. You may claim military spouse preference (MSP). If a MSP applicant is determined best qualified and selected, placement must be at the full performance level for priority consideration. Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement. Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Noncompetitive promotion potential to target grade. Management may select at any grade level announced. The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. May require overtime work. Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) will not be authorized. Relocation/Retention Incentive will not be authorized. Defense National Relocation Program will not be authorized. Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest. Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Career Field Position. (GS-07) This is an Army Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Workforce position. Selectees must meet the position requirements for certification at Level I in Contracting within 24 months of entrance on duty. (Certification requirements may be found in the Defense Acquisition University Catalog at http://www.dau.mil/.) Due to the impact of the Coronavirus, individuals with entrance of duty dates prior to April 1, 2021 will have an additional 12 months to meet the certification requirements, up to a total of 36 months. (GS-09/11) This is an Army Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Workforce position. Selectees must meet the position requirements for certification at Level II in Contracting within 24 months of entrance on duty. (Certification requirements may be found in the Defense Acquisition University Catalog at http://www.dau.mil/.) Due to the impact of the Coronavirus, individuals with entrance of duty dates prior to April 1, 2021 will have an additional 12 months to meet the certification requirements, up to a total of 36 months. Information on the Army Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Workforce may be found at https://asc.army.mil/. All selections under an announcement must be made within 3 months from the issuance date of the certificate referral list.