Contract Specialist
Department of Defense - Bremerton, WA

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America's Logistics Combat Support Agency

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) agency. DLA provides worldwide logistics support for the missions of the Military Departments and the Unified Combatant Commands under conditions of peace and war. It also provides logistics support to other DoD Components and certain Federal agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, and others as authorized.


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This is a temporary position not-to-exceed one (1) year and may be terminated at any time or extended without further competition. If an internal selection is made, the selectee will be placed on a temporary promotion or reassignment not-to-exceed one (1) year. If an external selection is made, the selectee will be placed on a temporary appointment not-to-exceed one (1) year.

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

Provides guidance to supply support personnel relative to procurement planning and execution with focus on changes to procurement law and regulation.

Provides assistance in the development of contractually acceptable specifications, work statements and quality assurance criteria.

Develops the procurement plan encompassing issues such as funding the results of market analysis in regards to resources, delivery requirements and/or government furnished property.

Recommends the method of contracting and prepares the solicitation documents and justifications.

Analyzes price and cost data to establish the negotiation position.

Conducts pre and post-award conferences and site visits.

Negotiates the contract, any modifications; recommends acceptance or rejection of waivers and/or deviations.

Develops and issues cure or show cause notices to correct performance deficiencies.

Serves as a warranted Contracting Officer and may be responsible for applying signature to final award documents to obligate DLA funds.

ABOUT THE POSITION: This is an Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (AT&L) Workforce Position in the Contracting Career Field. The incumbent will be required to become certified at Level II in the contracting career field within 24 months, unless a Position Requirements Waiver is approved to extend the 24 months. AT&L position requirements will be used in the evaluation criteria.

To qualify for a Contract Specialist, your resume must support:

A. Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Education Requirements: Public Law 106-398, Section 808: A.) A bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees AND B.), At least 24 semester hours (or the equivalent) of study from an accredited institution of higher education in any of the following disciplines (business courses) - accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods and organization and management; OR C.), A civilian employee in DoD who occupied a GS-1102 position or contracting officer position with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold on or before September 30th, 2000, is excluded from the requirements of A. and B. above, but must meet the requirements in Public Law 101-510, section 1724: A. OR B. above or have 10 years of acquisition experience prior to October 1, 1991.

Applicants must submit a copy of their original certified college transcripts from an accredited educational institution which reflects that a Bachelor's degree was conferred and the date conferred. Applicants should also submit copies of original certified college transcripts from an accredited educational institution for any education courses completed above or in addition to their Bachelor's degree. Failure to submit your transcripts will result in lost consideration.

B. In addition to the DAWIA Education Requirement, you must meet the DAWIA Contracting Officer Requirement: In order to qualify to serve in an acquisition position as a Contracting Officer with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition/small purchase threshold, applicants must have at least two (2) years of experience in a contracting position.

C. In addition to meeting the DAWIA requirements above, applicants must demonstrate in their resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) to successfully perform the duties of the position and is directly in or related to this position. To be creditable, specialized experience must be equivalent to the GS-11, and that experience is equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military or private sector which is in or directly related to the work of this position. Examples of specialized experience are identified in the major duties of this announcement and may also include:

Works with Federal statues, laws, regulations, policies and procedures applicable to centralized acquisitions of commodity items, Special Emergency Procurement Authority (SEPA), services and/or construction

Understands business practices and market conditions to identify potential contractors, evaluate bid responsiveness, contractor responsibility and performance.

Analyzes proposals for conformance with the solicitation.

Reviews requests for the procurement of complex equipment and/or services and reviews justifications for sole source.

Determines production capabilities of available manufactures and evaluates the effects of factors impacting production.

Negotiates settlements, approves contract payments, and terminates contracts for default or convenience.

Prepares replies to contract appeals, congressional inquiries, etc.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills and abilities) in the following areas:

Knowledge of procurement laws, regulations, theory, concepts and practices.

Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.

Knowledge of contract administration principles, policies, regulations, practices, and procedures for contracts with technical specifications and special contract provisions to administer supply contracts.

Skill in analyzing current price trends and cost factors applicable to the review and evaluation of contractor proposals.

Ability to utilize negotiation techniques and skills in devising negotiation strategies.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Expenses: Not Authorized
Relocation (Government Home Sale) Expenses: Not Authorized
Work Schedule: Full-Time
Tour of Duty: Set-Schedule (0730 to 1600, Monday through Friday)
Overtime Work: Rare
Temporary Duty (TDY): Rare
Security Requirements: Non-Critical Sensitive with Confidential Access
Drug Testing Designated Position: No
Financial Statement Filing: Required
Incumbent Subject to Rotation: No
Mobility Agreement: No
Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt
Supervisory Probation: Not Required
Supervisory Certification Program: Not Required
Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
Civilian Expeditionary Workforce: No
Mission Essential: No
Pre-Employment Physical: No
Licenses/Certifications: DAWIA Level II (2) Certification in Contracting
Reemployed Annuitant: Meets Criteria - The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at: .
For an explanation of the conditions of employment, please review the definitions at: .

We will review your résumé and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified in the Qualifications section above, required for this position. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:

Best-Qualified: This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.

Highly-Qualified: This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, as determined by the job analysis.

Qualified: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

Names of the candidates in the Best-Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.

Veterans’ Preference : If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are entitled to veterans’ preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Qualified veterans' preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job. For information on entitlement see .

All Veterans: You are required to submit a DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4). Veterans claiming 10 Point Preference in addition to your DD 214, you are required to submit a completed SF-15 and, supporting documents outline on the SF-15.

For information regarding Federal benefits, please see:

ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan): Information and required documentation for surplus or displaced Federal employees may be found at the General Information and Definitions link below.

MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: Information and required documentation for claiming Military Spouse Preference may be found at the General Information and Definitions link below.

Please review the General information and Definitions at:

SELECTIVE SERVICE: ATTENTION MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

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