Purchasing Agent
Department Of Agriculture - Gladstone, MI

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A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position is a purchasing agent at the Supervisors Office on the Hiawatha National Forest, Gladstone, Mi.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Piper Desy at 906-428-5831 pdesy@fs.fed.us .

This position is being concurrently announced under USDA Demonstration Project procedures (open to US Citizens) under announcement number 13-0910-346G-DD . Current or former Federal employees and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to this Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.

DUTIES:
Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Serves as an on site Purchasing Agent with responsibility for performing work to acquire a variety of supplies and services by purchase. Advise technical personnel of procurement oriented requirements associated with such matters as specifications and statements of work. Determine source of procurement utilizing various types of prescribed synopsis, industrial registers, qualified sources of supply manuals, commercial catalog and personal knowledge of item/service needed. Analyze quotations, finalize abstractsof quotes for award considering all factors involved. Receive and review procurement requests. Review for presence of fundamental information. Compose correspondence in connection with procurement (i.e. letters to unsuccessful bidders, notices of intent). Solicit quotations by means of telephone or written request for quotations.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-6: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level; six months (9 semester hours) of successfully completed graduate level education if the coursework is directly related to the work of the position (for example Business Administration); and/or combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples of specialized experience are:

Made competitive or sole sources small purchases and prepared written solicitations using purchasing procedures, and regulations.

Applyed procurement regulations, practices and procedures to resolve a variety or purchasing problems, such as inadequate or restrictive specifications, lack of multiple suppliers, urgent need, and insufficient price history.

Purchased a variety of items and services using various established contracts or agreements using automated and manual record keeping systems.

GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 grade level; one full year (18 semester hours) of successfully completed graduate level education if the coursework is directly related to the work of the position (for example Business Administration); and/or combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples of specialized experience are:

Made a variety of purchases in compliance with various established contracts and agreements, such as multiple award schedules, Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) and requirements contracts.

Performed complex purchasing work that involved unusual clauses for small purchases.

Used different solicitation methods, ordering or reporting procedures, purchasing methods, or clauses and provisions depending on the type, quantity, dollar value, or urgency the requirement to respond to critical or immediate needs.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application for link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the onlilne application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.

To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=d67a8aba-909d-41bf-85ee-a12400c82740

BENEFITS:
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc
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OTHER INFORMATION:
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This is a bargaining unit designated position.

  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:
Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp
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If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

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