Contract Specialist

Help Duties Summary
As a Contract Specialist, you will be advising agency officials on critical decision in planning for and acquiring the goods and services needed by the Federal government. You will be instrumental in ensuring the U.S. Government contributes to innovation and economic stimulation through prudent contract awards and monitoring contract performance to ensure satisfactory progress and compliance with the terms and conditions of contracts.
Location of position: Kansas City, MO; Omaha, NE; Saint Louis, MO
Division/Office: Public Building Services (PBS)
The office is responsible for providing effective leadership and overall executive and program direction to ensure the mission and responsibilities of PBS are effectively carried out.
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You will have access to many benefits including:
Health insurance (choose from a wide range of plans)
Life insurance coverage with several options
Sick leave and vacation time, including 10 paid holidays per year
Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
Flexible work schedules and telework
Transit and child care subsidies
Flexible spending accounts
Long-term care insurance
Training and development
We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed.
Concurrent TAFCI Announcement: This vacancy is being announced concurrently under Training Agreement for Career Interchange (TAFCI) and regular Merit Promotion provisions. Candidates who qualify under the appropriate TAFCI Training Agreement may also wish to apply under TAFCI Vacancy Announcement 1812153LUTA. Please review that announcement to see if you may be eligible for consideration. Note: Applicants must apply separately under each announcement in order to be considered under both procedures.
Unless you are a GSA employee as described in the Who May Apply section, your application will not be considered!
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Performs acquisition planning tasks, including reviewing/analyzing procurement requests, researching market conditions, determining method of procurement & contract type, developing acquisition plans, an preparing source selection plans.
Preparing technical evaluation criteria and plans, and preparing necessary justifications and documentation.
Award and administers a variety of contracts, including those awarded under Section 8(a) and other socioeconomic programs including sole source procurements.
Develops and prepares contract solicitations, modifications, terminations, and other contracting documents, incorporating appropriate language, specifications and clauses based on various factors (market conditions, customer requirements, etc.).
Develops negotiation plans and objectives; holds conferences; and conducts discussions and negotiations with contractors.
Evaluates technical submissions, bids or offers for responsiveness to the solicitation and responsibility.
Coordinates the establishment of a technical evaluation committee or source selection evaluation board to determine acceptability of technical proposals.
Evaluates contractor proposals against selection criteria; and may serve as the Source Selection Authority/chair and as such make cost/technical trade-offs.
Performs cost and/or price analysis and makes final determination on awards within delegated contracting officer authority.
Performs post-award duties including monitoring contractor's performance, ensuring contract compliance, ensuring payments are processed, negotiating modifications, and dealing with protests and/or terminations as needed.
Conducts or facilitates various contracting meetings such as pre-proposal and post award meetings.
Responds to inquiries from customers and vendors concerning contract issues and concerns; keeps customers/contractors apprised of procurement status; coordinates with other offices or stakeholders to resolve procurement-related problems.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel may be required.
Supervisory status
Promotion Potential
Who May Apply This job is open to?
Your application will be considered if you are a:
Internal Employees/Agency Employees Only
Internal Employees must be serving on career or career-conditional appointment, or under a noncompetitive Special Appointing Authority which provides for conversion to a permanent position in the Competitive Service.
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
Job family (Series)
1102 Contracting
Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable
Register with the Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959
If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
Time in grade: Applicants must meet one year at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade (e.g. one year at the GS-9 grade level for consideration at the GS-11 grade level
Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level)
Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
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.
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Basic Requirement for GS-1102-05 through 12 levels: 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. Exception Provision: If you occupied a GS-1102 position at the GS-5 through GS-12 on January 1, 2000, you are considered to meet the basic requirement.
The GS-11 salary range starts at $65,479 per year, if you meet the following qualifications.
GS-1102-11 vacancies: You must meet the Basic Requirements (or the exception) listed above, and have one of the following: (a)
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service; (b) PhD or equivalent doctorial degree; (c) 3
full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a PhD or equivalent doctorial degree; or (d) LL.M if related to
the work of the position.
Specialized experience is defined as experience procuring building services, professional and/or non-professional services, and/or construction using a range of contracting methods and contract vehicles (i.e. purchase orders, blanket purchase agreements, etc...) This experience must include planning and carrying out routine pre-award and/or post-award acquisition actions including:
Preparing solicitation documentation and drafting the final contract including recommendations for award;
Evaluating vendor offers for both technical and price/cost factors to ensure best value to the organization/agency;
Negotiating contracts, orders and/or modifications using standard language/templates with few clauses or addendums;
Responding to and resolving acquisition questions/issues some of which require additional research to provide recommendations/responses;
Analyzing routine contracting issues and identifying alternative courses of action.

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