Contract Specialist

National Nuclear Security Administration | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 9/13/2019

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National Nuclear Security Administration
Demonstration Project

This position is covered by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Demonstration Project.  The NQ-01 pay band is equivalent to the GS-5-8 and the NQ-02 is equivalent to the GS 9-12 levels.

For more information on the NNSA Demonstration Project and Pay Band/Salary Tables, contact the HR Consultant listed on this vacancy announcement.

 As a Contract Specialist, NQ-01/02 you will:

  • Perform procurement tasks to understand the practical application of contracting methods, contracting types, regulations, and specific supplements.
  • Through detailed guidance conduct regulatory research, cost and/or price analysis, prepare contract related correspondence and recommendations, and interface with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Assist with various pre-award and post-award functions involving contract negotiation, award, administration, termination, and closeout pertaining to the placement of prime contracts.  
  • Work on placement of standard supplies and services from cradle (requirement) to grave (closeout).
  • Participate in the oversight of prime contractors' operations in contracting as well as for the operation of these functions within the field office.
  • Gain an understanding of publications governing both Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Defense (DOD-Navy) contract work, as well as Federal publications and legal precedents.

As a Contract Specialist, NQ-02 in addition to the above duties, you will:

  • Perform various pre-award and post-award functions involving contract negotiation, award administration, termination, and closeout pertaining to the placement of prime contracts.
  • Be responsible for oversight of prime contractors' operations in contracting.
  • Manage contracts and subcontracts that involve the procurement of nuclear components from an extremely limited vendor base involving negotiations with sole source suppliers.
  • Communicate frequently, orally and in writing, to senior management, technical and business stakeholders as well as contractor and subcontractor personnel.

For NQ-01:  A qualified candidate’s online application and resume must demonstrate:

  • Completion of a Bachelor's Degree.  (OR)
  • At least 24 semester hours in any of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

The selectee will be required to obtain the Acquisition Career Development Program Level I Certification within 18 months of appointment.  

For NQ-02:  A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of experience at the GS-7 level (or equivalent).  This experience should demonstrate experience using negotiation techniques and practices, knowledge of quality management techniques, and the ability to evaluate contractor performance.  

Must obtain Level II Certification under the Acquisition Career Management Program within 18 months of appointment. 

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You are NOT required to provide a separate narrative response. Rather, your resume must describe how your past experience demonstrates the following KSAs:

  1. Knowledge of commonly used contracting methods sufficient to perform procurement functions.
  2. Knowledge of negation techniques, and the laws, regulations and precedents governing procurement to perform varied pre-award and post-award functions.
  3. Knowledge of business and management principles and practices to evaluate, monitor and maintain management control over contractors' performance.
  4. Ability to work in a team environment and to multitask with numerous tasks and tight deadlines.
  5. Ability to research, analyze and present, both orally and in writing, technical administrative information in a meaningful and understandable form.

    NQ-02 (Additional KSA's)

  6. Knowledge of principles, techniques, laws and regulations, related to the negotiation and administration of firm-fixed price, fixed price, incentive, cost-type, and other Federal contracts.
  7. Knowledge of DOE and DOD procurement policies and practices for the negotiation, administration and award of research and development, architect engineer, construction and supply contracts.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration. (For the NQ-02, you must have one year at the GS-7 level, or equivalent.)

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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