Purchasing Agent


Vacancy ID: 856754   Announcement Number: F-CB-13-856754-DEU-SDC   USAJOBS Control Number: 343033200

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Please select the ONE response that BEST describes the experience that you possess that demonstrates your ability to perform as a Purchasing Agent, at the GS-06 level.

A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 Federal grade level performing purchasing functions by ordering supplies or services for an agency or business; obtaining prices and/or quotes from vendors; and documenting and/or tracking purchases and receipts in automated databases.
B. My experience is not reflected in the above statement.

2. Please select the ONE response that BEST describes the experience that you possess that demonstrates your ability to perform as a Purchasing Agent, at the GS-07 level.

A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-06 Federal grade level performing the duties of a purchasing agent, such as obtaining prices and/or quotes from vendors; documenting and/or tracking purchases and receipts in automated databases; and awarding purchase orders for a wide range of supplies and services.
B. My experience is not reflected in the above statement.

3. Please select the ONE response that BEST describes the experience that you possess that demonstrates your ability to perform as a Purchasing Agent, at the GS-08 level.

A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 Federal grade level performing complex purchasing work procuring equipment and supplies for a government agency. Negotiates blanket purchase order as appropriate and Memoranda of understanding for reimbursable services given or received from other' agencies. Initiates modifications to original terms for substitutions of products/services, price changes, and delivery date/price changes. Initiates terminations for inability to preform or lack of need or funds.

B. My experience is not reflected in the above statement.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. If faxing in the Occupational Questionnaire, Form 1203-FX, darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the form.

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

4. Awards and administers small purchases that require extensive monitoring and oversight to resolve complex problems such as protests, claims, terminations or substantial modifications.

5. Manages both general and special-use procurements to include negotiations, bid openings, source selections and awards.

6. Initiates terminations of contracts for poor performance or lack of need/funds.

7. Analyzes services required, recommends revisions to the statements of work and decides on agency sources and methods of procurement.

8. Processes requests to purchase a wide variety of office and law enforcement supplies and services by reviewing the requests for completeness and accuracy.

9. Reviews requests for procurements.

10. Performs a variety of clerical and administrative duties.

Factor: Ability to communicate other than in writing.

11. Negotiates blanket purchase orders as appropriate and memoranda of understanding for reimbursable services given or received from other agencies.

12. Contacts technical personnel or business representatives to place orders or clarify purchase item descriptions.

13. Communicates with customers to initiate modifications to original terms for substitution of products/services or price/delivery date changes.

14. Briefs management in order to provide recommendations or process improvements.

15. Prepares all required procurement documentation to include delivery and purchase orders, blanket purchase agreements and memoranda of understanding.

16. Composes repetitive, non-technical correspondence such as draft replies to inquiries.

17. Provides a variety of reports.

Past performance is one of the best indicators of your ability to perform effectively in the competency areas described for this position. Review and select the statement below that describes the PERFORMANCE RECOGNITION you have most recently received.

18. Have you received a performance appraisal in one or more of the competencies described for the position?

A. Yes
B. No

Past performance is one of the best indicators of your ability to perform effectively in the competency areas described for this position. Review and select the statement below that describes the AWARDS you have received within the last year.

19. Have you received any awards related to one or more of the competencies described for the position?

A. Yes
B. No

20. I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled; I may be denied an appointment; or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that I will not be considered for employment if I do not respond "Yes" to this certification item.

A. YES
B. NO