Purchasing Agent


Vacancy ID: 838830   Announcement Number: CK838830AN   USAJOBS Control Number: 338113900

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Vacancy Identification Number

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1. Title of Job

Purchasing Agent


2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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07
08

11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

The occupational specialty will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one occupational specialty code for this position. The specialty code for this position is:


001 All US Citizens

21. Geographic Availability

The geographic location code will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:


040370013 Phoenix, AZ

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Choose one answer that best describes your experience as it relates to the work of a GS-07 Purchasing Agent.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-06 level of the Federal Service that included the following types of duties: assisting with the purchasing, renting, or leasing supplies and services; administering small purchases that require monitoring; discussing minor problems with small purchase contractors and various agency or activity personnel; checking invoices against purchase orders to ensure that quantities, services, prices, delivery schedules and destination terms agree; and soliciting potential sources of supply for price quotations (your resume must reflect this experience).
B. I do not have the specialized experience described above.

2. Choose one answer that best describes your experience as it relates to the work of a GS-08 Purchasing Agent.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-07 level of the Federal Service that included the following types of duties: purchasing, renting, or leasing supplies and services; administering small purchases that require monitoring; discussing minor problems with small purchase contractors and various agency or activity personnel; determining the appropriate procedures to use to obtain goods and services that will meet basic requirements and conform to purchasing regulations; and determining the impact of price, discount, delivery, and related factors to procurement actions (your resume must reflect this experience).
B. I do not have the specialized experience described above.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training.

A- I have not had training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had 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 am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

3. Assist in determining the appropriate procedures to use to obtain goods and services that will meet the requirements, delivery schedule, and price restrictions.

4. Monitor deliverables by maintaining purchase or contract follow-up files.

5. Support the investigation of payment discrepancies and delinquent deliveries on contracts to determine corrective action.

6. Check invoices against purchase orders to ensure that quantities, services, prices, company name, delivery schedules and destination terms agree.

7. Perform research to locate specific items, vendors, or delivery availability.

8. Solicit potential sources of supply for price quotations.

9. Prepare purchase documents within delegated purchasing authority.

10. Determine impact of price, discount, delivery, and related factors to procurement actions.

11. Maintain delivery status of contracts to ensure complete delivery.

12. Use knowledge of laws, regulations, and procurement administration to act in such areas as change negotiation, dispute settlements, and procurement termination.

13. Help in the acquisition of supplies and services through a variety of areas such as delivery orders, purchase orders, credit cards, and/or blanket purchase agreements.

14. Maintain vendor catalogues and files including contractors, items or special reporting requirements.

15. Develop procurement plans to provide information to management concerning costs, time frames, and method of procurement.

16. Resolve small purchases and contract problems such as protests, claims, terminations, or modifications.

17. Prepare letters and memoranda to vendors and other agencies.

18. Develop written requests for formal proposals or quotations to vendors.

19. Coordinate actions and obtain information to resolve problems.

20. Answer a variety of procurement question through discussions with individuals from various backgrounds.

21. Provide updates regarding procurement actions with relevant information in order to maintain active relationships with vendors and customers.

22. Communicate problems with contractors, management and/or other related individuals on purchasing matters.