Lead Contract Specialist

Department of Defense Pittsburgh, PA
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

About the Position: Contracting Division's mission is to provide contracting services of the highest quality to our customers on a timely and cost effective basis, while maintaining the public's trust and fulfilling public policy objectives. As an integral member of project delivery teams, we serve as the catalyst in advancing effective acquisition planning, strategies, and innovative practices.

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* Serves as a Senior Contract Specialist responsible for the full range of contract functions.

* The incumbent may be delegated a contracting officer's warrant and the full range of responsibilities that accompany Contracting Officer duties and serve as a trainer to other Contract Specialists.

* Applies knowledge and utilization of both efficient procurement processes and good business management to ensure timely delivery of goods and services to the customer.

* Utilizes innovation for strategic decision-making in the acquisition process.

* Formulates the contracting approach to be taken that will best satisfy the requirement. Determines the type of contract best suited to the requirement, develops by special clauses and terms and conditions applicable to this solicitation.

* Serves as team leader for all negotiated contract actions; including initial contract award, delivery orders, and modifications during administration.

* Performs cost and price analysis for all negotiations to determine fair and reasonableness of price.

* Performs cost and price analysis for all negotiations to determine fair and reasonableness of price.

* Terminates contracts for default or convenience and negotiates settlements. Issues cure and show cause notices when the contractor is not in compliance with contract provisions.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Extensive travel will be required in order to attend classes required for certification; occasional travel (less than 25%) required thereafter.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

1102 Contracting

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.

* Must file an annual financial statement.

* DAWIA certification required (see Other information for more info).


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 Civilian Employees of the Organization

* Current Department of Army Civilian Employees

* Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army)

* Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan

* Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or 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.)


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:

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes performing contracting and procurement work such as: pre-awarding functions which require the use of fixed-price, cost-reimbursement, or a combination of contract methods; conducting negotiations during the procurement process; performing post-award functions and price/cost analysis; or similar contracting work. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11 or above).

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

* Administration and Management

* Contract Award

* Contracting/Procurement

* Creative Thinking

* Decision Making

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-11).


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

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