Procurement Analyst
National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Huntsville, AL

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NASA, the world's leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring. And a probing mind. That's what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

Serves as a key Center and Agency representative to small businesses contractors and as a Center/Agency interface with industry. Interfaces directly with the Center and Agency Management, on a broad variety of technical matters concerning the Agency's small business programs.

DUE TO ANTICIPATED LARGE VOLUME OF APPLICANTS, THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE OPEN FOR THREE DAYS ONLY.

TO RECEIVE CONSIDERATION, YOU MUST SUBMIT A RESUME AND ANSWER NASA-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS. THE NASA QUESTIONS APPEAR AFTER YOU SUBMIT YOUR RESUME AND ARE TRANSFERRED TO A NASA WEB SITE. IF YOU SUCCESSFULLY APPLY, USAJOBS WILL SHOW YOUR APPLICATION STATUS AS ¿RESUME RECEIVED ¿ COMPLETE.¿ IF YOUR STATUS IS ¿APPLICATION STARTED,¿ YOU HAVE NOT SUCCESSFULLY APPLIED. DO NOT RELY ON A USAJOBS EMAIL TO CONFIRM SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION; ONLY AN EMAIL FROM NASA CONFIRMS SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION.

AS IDENTICAL VACANCIES ARE IDENTIFIED, ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS MAY BE MADE.

TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

A one-year probationary period may be required

Frequent travel may be required

Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement

Successful completion of a security investigation may be required

DUTIES:
Serves as a cost/price analyst with expertise in contractor financial systems and cost estimating to evaluate and analyze proposals and provide recommendations on complex cost/pricing issues.

Serves as a key Center and Agency representative to small businesses contractors and as a Center/Agency interface with industry. Interfaces directly with the Center and Agency Management, on a broad variety of technical matters concerning the Agency's small business programs. provide recommendations on complex cost/pricing issues.

Serves as a Cost/Price Analyst for the Office of Procurement. Responsibilities include analyzing, and evaluating cost estimates, proposals, and contractor financial systems and participating in negotiations of contractor proposals, where little or no historical data is available. The work involves evaluating and negotiating cost and/or price proposals, contract changes, also includes recommending cost, profit negotiation objectives and developing or advising on pricing policies. Responsible for conducting extensive and sophisticated cost and financial analysis. Utilizes cost estimating techniques, such as learning curve, regression analysis, cost estimating relationships, etc. Develops and analyzes complete contractual arrangements, and performs extensive fact finding. Performs price and cost analysis in connection with contract awards, price adjustments, terminations, etc..

Serves as a Small Business program and procurement expert for the Center and industry. Advises industry leaders, as well as Center management and contracting officers on matters pertaining to contracting actions, including contracting procedures and policy interpretation, relating to small business. Is a focal point of contact for large and small firms seeking opportunities to do business with NASA. As external small business liaison for generating new sources, represents the Center at industry meetings and seminars, to present the center's mission and to provide counseling and guidance for the industrial and business community to enhance the Center's participation in socioeconomic outreach programs.

Is a Center focal point and liaison leading the establishment of small business goals. Develops and leads implementation of strategies for achievement of these goals. Leads the development and composition of internal policies and procedures to increase direct and subcontract utilization of small business. Interfaces with Center management to provide expert guidance in promoting the use of small firms during program planning and development. Furnishes assistance to small businesses concerns in resolving problems that may arise during performance. Works closely with NASA Headquarters and other Government agencies in preparing plans, policies, procedures, manuals, and other aids to ensure use of small business concerns. Reviews all types of contracts to ensure compliance with small business regulations. Prepares comprehensive reports and recommendations to executive staff as a result of the reviews.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to, experience that provided the applicant with skill in such areas as analyzing and evaluating Contractor Financial Systems and cost estimates including knowledge of cost principals, cost accounting systems, and disclosure statements to enable the development of recommendations on complex cost/pricing issues; and experience with the Small Business Program including working as a small business liaison furnishing assistance to small businesses in the development of relationships with large businesses and the Government.

For advancement to the GS-13 level and above, applicants must show:

a. Completion of all mandatory agency training prescribed for progression to GS-13 and above and at least 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions AND b. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field, that includes or is supplemented by 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.

U.S. citizenship is required.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
NASA uses an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.

Additional application guidance is available in NASA's Applicant Guide .

Information for Veterans : The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified.

BENEFITS:
NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, click HERE .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume.

U.S. citizenship is required. NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

If you are an individual with a disability, eligible to utilize federal special hiring authorities for individuals with disabilities or require an accommodation for the application process please contact Patricia Caraway by email at patricia.m.caraway@nasa.gov. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Your e-mail should have in the subject line ¿Reasonable Accommodation¿, and contain the specific accommodation required/requested.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

Current Federal employees must meet time in grade and three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.

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