WHAT IS THE OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT DIVISION: The Office of Procurement provides acquisition services for all Business Units of the IRS and other Bureaus and Offices within Treasury. Our goal as business advisers and partners is to help create agile, innovative contract solutions to ensure the IRS can meet its mission of effective tax administration.
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WHAT DOES A CONTRACT SPECIALIST DO?
As a Contract Specialist you will be responsible for a full range of planning, directing and administering complex acquisitions which are often Servicewide in scope and for pre-award and/or post award.
As a Contract Specialist you will:
Assist customers in developing statements of work and procurement strategy. Develop evaluation plans, pricing methodologies, and administration plans.
Recommend streamlining initiatives; utilize the use of innovative principles to improve procurement operations and customer service.
Serve as an advisor on acquisitions for complex equipment, supplies and services, which have a significant impact on the effectiveness of the entire tax system nationwide.
Solicit contractual proposals, negotiate, execute, administer and terminate public contracts for the Service.
Perform contract administration function, such as verifying evidence of contractor's progress, negotiating modifications, issuing termination notices, reviewing contract claims, approving payments, and conducting contract closeouts.
Insure that all requirements of law, executive orders, regulations and other applicable procedures have been met and report all unlawful behavior.
If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.
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BASIC REQUIREMENTS (GRADES 5 THROUGH 12): You must have a 4-year course of study leading to a Bachelor's in any field of study from an accredited college or university. 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 from an accredited college or university. OR Exception: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on or after January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.
In addition to the above, you must meet the requirements described below:
GS-11 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:. Knowledge of various types of contracts and of all aspects of the contracting process; Knowledge of pre-award and post-award procurement actions; skill in analyzing cost data and facts in order to make recommendations in bids/proposal; In-depth knowledge of the protest procedures including documenting, coordinating and formulating information for review; Thorough knowledge of the laws and regulations governing acquisition procedures, business practices and mathematics; Knowledge and ability to gather, assemble and analyze information to draw logical conclusions about price/cost information; and In-depth knowledge of a wide range of procurement methods and practices, laws and regulations regarding the use of small businesses, labor-surplus areas and minority business services and fraudulent procurement practices. OR You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: Three (3) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. OR PH.D or equivalent doctoral degree. OR A combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.
GS-12 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:. In-depth knowledge of a wide range of procurement methods and practices including special/unusual provisions; Thorough knowledge of the laws and regulations governing acquisition procedures, business practices, mathematics, small businesses, labor-surplus areas and minority business services; Knowledge of fraudulent procurement practices used by contractors responsible for the negotiation, award and administration of varied and complex requirements involving overall planning and coordinating activities; and Knowledge of and ability to evaluate price and cost as it relates to travel, direct labor, overhead, transportation, and indirect cost and to gather, assemble and analyze information to draw logical conclusions about price/cost information.
The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.
In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable:
You must have been at the next lower grade level of the grade you are applying to for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).
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