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Purchasing Agent

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City , UT 84101

Posted 3 months ago

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The incumbent is a member of Prosthetic & Sensory Aids Service (P&SAS) within the Prosthetic Service Line under the VA Rocky Mountain Network, VISN 19. Incumbents are assigned to the VA George E. Wahlen Medical Center.

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Work Schedule: Set hours are

Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Telework: Not Available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: 10237A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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    1105 Purchasing

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to background/security investigation

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


All incumbents have an active outpatient treatment program and inventory responsibly to include, but are not limited to; Prosthetics and Sensory Aids; Fabrication Lab for Prosthetics and Orthotics, Audiology & Speech Pathology, Visual Impairment Services Team, Spinal Cord Injury, Cochlear Implant Team, Polly Trauma Amputee Network Center, Rehabilitation Medicine, Medicine Service, Surgical Service, Ophthalmology, Dental Service, Podiatry, Women's Clinic and Orthopedic Services.

  • Duties include:Perform technical level purchasing support adhering to the Federal Acquisition Regulation, Veterans Administration Acquisition Regulation, Veterans Health Administration and Prosthetics Directives, VA Handbook, Veterans Integrated Service Networks policy and station memorandums to acquire medical equipment, supplies and services, and rental, to meet the outpatient medical needs of the Veteran or service.

  • Receive and analyze Prosthetic Consults and prescriptions for items, services, and home medical equipment from physicians, therapists, medical center personnel, patients or their representatives.

  • Examine clinical health records and claims folders to determine eligibility and entitlement for items based on adopted criteria and advises Veteran of the same.

  • Authorize and prepare complex purchase orders for a wide variety of prosthetic and orthotic devices, medical supplies, and durable medical equipment.

  • Use different solicitation methods with the majority of purchases initiated within the Prosthetics Program with direct accountability to the Veteran.

  • Reconcile all invoices for certification of payment by reviewing Veteran records against invoice presented to ensure that accurate cost is being charged for service/item rendered.

  • Resolve all discrepancies with the vendor.

  • Maintain accurate records of transactions and completes all adjustments to computerized system before final payment is certified.

  • Responsible for data collection used in preparing and submitting numerous reports.

  • Responsible to identify all equipment issued with documentation of the serial, model, manufacturer and other identifiable information for possible recall, and by expiration of dates for necessary replacement.

  • Responsible for assisting in administering the following specialized programs within the service: measuring/fitting; provision of item(s)/services; scheduling of appointments; travel; completion of appropriate forms and referrals as required.

  • The position has a high degree of visibility as a result of direct patient care.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date10/09/2018 of this announcement, .

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the

past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-06

position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA)appointment.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

  • Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower

grade (GS-05) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: either performing work to acquire supplies, equipment and services by purchase or rental using a credit card OR issuing and providing supplies and equipment. The applicant must have knowledge and skill in the use of computer equipment with a wide variety of software to input and retrieve data as required.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Computer Skills

  • Manages Resources

  • Oral Communication

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

Physical Requirements:
Work is primarily sedentary when conducing purchasing functions for P&SAS, however while conducting inventory management functions, the incumbent may work comfortably in a warehouse environment, sitting, standing, walking, bending, lifting, carrying, retrieving and managing inventory. . There exists prolonged periods of working at a computer terminal. Ability to retrieve equipment from a storage room is required. Climbing associated with stocking of equipment and other items in storage areas is necessary. Incumbent may carry/lift items weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds. Normal safety precautions are adequate. The work involves moderate discomfort when visiting sites away from the office. At times the employee may be required to wear protective clothing when visiting the Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Fabrication Laboratory. Often times, walking between the main medical center and other parts of Prosthetics to conduct professional duties.


There is no educational substitution for the GS-06 level.

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Purchasing Agent

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Department Of Veterans Affairs