Supervisory Contract Specialist

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 9/13/2019
Description This position is located in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, Contracting Division, Philadelphia, PA.You will serve as a Section Chief in Contracts Branch who plans, directs and coordinates the program's activities and operations. Program's scope includes contract awards, contract administration, supply requisitioning and purchasing functions, etc.

Manages Contract Specialists engaged in contracting work for all Military and Civil Construction, Architect-Engineer, Marine Design, Superfund, Civil Supply, Service, Master/Ship/Floating Plant Repair and Work for Others Programs in the District.

Reviews controversial contractual or other actions for legal implications or effects on other division activities and policies.

Analyzes policies emanating from higher echelons to determine applicability, feasibility of integration and conformity with contracting regulations.

Evaluates overall operations and progress of procurement activities.

Delegates authority to commit the Federal Government in the capacity of a designated Contracting Officer authority.

Exercises complete authority for the execution of contracts and obligation of funds.

Plans negotiation strategy with the negotiation team and leads the negotiations with contractors.

Supervises a diverse staff of contracting employees.

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 Employees
  • Domestic Defense Industrial Base/Major Range and Test Facilities Base Civilian Personnel Workforce
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
  • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act
  • Military Spouses, under Executive Order (E.O.) 13473
  • Priority Placement Program, DoD Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Eligible
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998


In order to qualify, you must meet the education and 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 Requirement for Contract Specialist:

Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) from an accredited educational institution and 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. (The 24 semester hour requirement can be obtained within the bachelor's degree OR in addition to the degree.)
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.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below. To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job.

Specialized experience is defined as illustrating a full range of experience in federal Contracting and Contracting regulations such as: identifying the methods of procurement; preparation of source selection documents; negotiation to include pre-negotiations and related documentation and reports, and experience with construction, architectural and engineering, cost-reimbursement procurements and/or supply and services.

This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-12).

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Contracting/Procurement
  • Influencing/Negotiating
  • Leadership
  • Oral Communication
  • Planning and Evaluating


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-12).

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