Contract Specialist


Vacancy ID: 812152   Announcement Number: VA-JS-812152-MP   USAJOBS Control Number: 335183700

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

This section will be used to identify the level of education achieved to meet the minimum education requirement(s) for Contract Specialist, GS-1102; or appropriate exception.  Transcripts are required to verify your educational claims, or proof of federal service if claiming an exception.  Unofficial transcripts may be submitted, however, official transcripts may be required at a later date.

1. For each question, choose the response that best describes your education. Mark only one response for each question. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provided in your resume or application and information obtained from references.

A. I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field.
B. I have completed 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.
C. I occupied and continue to occupy a GS-1102 position within the Federal Government at the GS-12 level since January 1, 2000.
D. I do not have experience or training as reflected in the statements above.

This section will be used to identify the specialized experience required to meet the qualifications for Contract Specialist, GS-1102-12.

2. I have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level or higher (or the equivalent in other pay systems) that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.  Such specialized experience includes: negotiating contracts of significant monetary value; planning and coordinating procurement assignments for supplies and services; developing and maintaining systems to evaluate and monitor contractual performance; analyzing information (such as business trends, market conditions, etc.) to negotiate prices; and incorporating changed contract requirements.

A. Yes
B. No

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Questionnaire. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I do not have education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or I have normally been the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

3. Complete duties related to the solicitation, evaluation and award of contracts.

4. Use negotiation strategies that are consistent with contracting principles, laws, regulations, and procedures.

5. Analyze pricing data submitted by potential suppliers to ascertain reasonableness of price and services offered.

6. Initiate preaward and postaward audit requests.

7. Negotiate contracts of significant monetary value to achieve organizational objectives.

8. Plan and coordinate procurement of supplies and services to meet organizational requirements.

9. Develop procurement objectives in terms of competition and price range.

10. Evaluates bids or offers for responsiveness to particular solicitation to ensure that organizational objectives are met.

11. Incorporate changed contract requirements that develop after contract placement.

12. Develop and implement negotiation strategies to best represent organization's needs.

13. Prepare current acquisition plans and appropriate milestone charts.

14. Serve as advisor to organization officials regarding procurement planning.

15. Deliver information to management, customers and industry on subjects relating to the marketplace, forecast of future changes, etc.

16. Participate in conferences and meetings with industry to provide explanations of Federal contracting principles.

17. Determine when the involvement of senior managers is necessary to resolve contracting issues.

18. Communicate with customers in a courteous and respectful manner.

19. Explain the ramifications of various public laws to contractors.