Contract Specialist, GS-1102-13


Vacancy ID: 909301   Announcement Number: MG-2013-14409-KCD-909301DE   USAJOBS Control Number: 345841200

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

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1. From the descriptions below, select the letter that describes the education or experience you have that demonstrates your ability to perform GS-1102-13 Contract Specialist work.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience that is equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-12 grade level or pay band in the Federal service. Specifically, I have at least one (1) year of specialized experience soliciting, administering, advising on and/or terminating contracts for the procurement of supplies and services for major complex contracts in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations. In addition, you must have experience in handling contractor performance issues and contract disputes.
B. I do not have the education or experience as described above.

2. Please indicate if you have a Level III contracting certificate.

A. Yes
B. No

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your educational requirements as related to the minimum qualification requirements for this Contract Specialist position.

A- I have a bachelor's degree with a major in any field and/or 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.
B- I qualify for an exception to the basic requirement since I am a Federal employee occupying a GS-1102 position since January 1, 2000. The position I occupied on January 1, 2000 was at a grade qualifying under the standard applicable for GS 13.
C- My education is less than that described above.

3. From the descriptions below, select the letter that best describes your educational requirements as related to the minimum qualification requirements for this Contract Specialist position.

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your knowledge of Federal Contracting and Procurement Policies and regulations, including performance based acquisition.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have received education and/or training in policy and regulation techniques.
C- I have knowledge of simplified acquisition procedures and other applicable regulations.
D- I have experience working with applying acquisition regulations. Knowledge and experience in simplified acquisition procedures, GSA, FAS buys, and contracting by negotiations procedures sufficient to obtain specialized supplies, equipment or services. Knowledge of contract administration and close-out procedures.
E- I have demonstrated experience in a lead role with knowledge and interpretation of contracting principles and procedures applicable pre/post-award actions sufficient to procure and administer contracts for a variety of specialized equipment and services. Knowledge of a variety of fixed-price and cost contracts, use of special provisions and incentives, and unique regulatory requirements. Knowledge and experience in performance based acquisition.

4. Advises executive management and senior-level staff on all procurement actions for assigned organizations and determines the types of procurement instruments to be issued and which best meet the needs of the agency for all services functions/offices.

5. Advises management and staff on the best instruments and guidance for the expedient delivery of goods and services in support of various programs and operations and executes awards consistent with agency policy, occasionally under urgent and compelling circumstances.

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your knowledge of all phases of the procurement process, i.e. planning solicitation, negotiation, pricing and administration and terminations.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have experience and training in applying procurement processes.
C- I have experience in assisting with negotiation for long-term projects including planning the negotiation and coordinating strategy with the negotiation team. Skill in negotiation techniques to present and defend the Government's position with high-level business, industry and/or government organizations.
D- I have demonstrated work experience serving as a lead negotiator for long-term projects, including planning the negotiation strategy, coordinating strategy with the negotiation team, with minimal assistance from other contracting personnel. Technical skill in negotiation techniques to present and defend the government's position with high-level business, industry and/or government organizations.
E- Serve as contracting advisor to program officials and represented and agency as the program's contractual authority in a lead role at conferences and meetings with no assistance. A wide range of experience defending procurement actions to higher level government organizations.

6. Perform work related to the contract pre-award process in compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulations and agency policy.

7. Use formal advertising procedures; prepares invitation for bids; publicizes the requirements for items and services to be procured; issues the solicitation documents; reviews the bids for responsiveness to the solicitation; determines financial responsibility and performance capability of the bidders, and awards a variety of complex contracts.

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your knowledge of commercial business and industry practices and market considerations, including various commodity areas, i.e. architectural and engineering services, supplies, equipment, ADP and construction.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have experience in commercial business and industry practices.
C- I have experience in determining sources of supply and characteristics of assigned commodities or services sufficient to identify potential suppliers, assure adequate competition, and evaluate bids/offers, responsiveness and responsibility of bidders/offerors.
D- I have experience contacting customer organizations to discuss and furnish information on potential sources and procurement needs. Demonstrated work knowledge of sources of supply and characteristics of assigned commodities or services sufficient to identify potential suppliers, assure adequate competition, and evaluate bidders/offers, responsiveness and responsibility of bidders/offerors.
E- I have extensive working knowledge of commodities or services and the industry sufficient to identify and contact sources of supply. I have the ability to identify recent developments in trends, and economic factors affecting procurements and ensuring adequate competition. I have contacts with customer organizations to discuss and furnish information on potential sources and procurement needs.

8. Serve as a Contracting Officer responsible for procurements involving a number of different processes or elements resulting in extensive subcontracting.

9. Perform procurement planning to develop objectives in terms of competition and price range, and constructs the contractual vehicle including use of pricing arrangements, subcontracting policy, set-aside policies, and similar considerations.

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your technical skill in analyzing procurement situation, proposals and market conditions.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have received formal education in writing proposals.
C- I have experience evaluating bids/proposals for compliance with specifications and market standards.
D- I have assisted in developing procurement strategy by reviewing previous history, market conditions, and specifications or technical data. Determined adequacy and completeness of statement of work. Performs bid/proposal analysis.
E- I have demonstrated work knowledge and experience in analyzing cost factors applicable to the review and evaluation of contractor proposals, including performing detailed extensive analysis on individual elements of cost and profit, and developing documentation and criteria to substantiate government cost or negotiation positions. Determined adequacy of statement of work.

10. Monitors the contractor's performance, and performs contract administration activities, independently reviewing contractor performance through site visits and correspondence for completion of applicable contract clauses.

11. Ensures compliance with technical, financial, delivery, and other terms of the contract, and recommends the issuance of "cure" or "show cause" notices when the contractor is not in compliance.

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your ability to communicate in writing to represent and defend the agency's interest.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have received formal education in writing skills.
C- I have limited communications skills, negotiation participation, and team coordination.
D- I have drafting written or oral commendations supported by sound judgment and adequate justification. Active participation in procurement conferences and negotiation sessions, upholding agency position/interest.
E- I have demonstrated experience serving on a team as a technical advisor to coordinate work with others during conferences and negotiations. Ability to provide technical guidance, and employ interpersonal acumen with program officials in resolving conflicts and issues as they arise with respect to specific procurements.

12. Provide purchasing support by processing frequently purchase items under established GSA, FAS contracts or other contracts or agreements and purchases specialized items or services that have unstable prices or characteristics, hard-to-locate sources, or other complicating factors.

13. Examine incoming purchase requests for completeness, including purchase request numbers, accounting codes, item descriptions, estimated costs, and quantities and prepares the final copies of purchase or delivery orders.