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Job opening: Contract Specialist

Salary: $94 199 - 122 459 per year
Published at: Sep 21 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
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Performs pre-award and post-award actions required for the acquisition of various long term service contracts. Performs intensive market research to determine availability of the services and capabilities to develop new sources. Develops acquisition strategy involving previous history, market conditions and specifications or technical data packages, as well as reviewing Sourcing Strategy recommendations for acquisition services. Determines contract type, method of solicitation, options determination, and sources to be solicited. Prepares and issues solicitations with appropriate clauses, award factors and amendments as required (i.e. Requests for Quotes, Invitations for Bids, and Requests for Proposals). Evaluates and reviews offers/bids to ensure responsiveness and responsibility of offeror/bidder. Evaluates offers/bids for price reasonableness and adequacy of competition. Determines extent to which subcontracting plans comply with regulatory guidelines. Monitors subcontractors for compliance with plans. Issues modifications, including those based on changing technology, development of weapons systems due to national security issues and/or long-term contractor performance issues for acquisition services.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Tour of Duty: Set Schedule
  • Security Requirements: Non-Critical Sensitive
  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination, where reciprocity cannot be applied; unfavorably adjudicated background checks will be grounds for removal.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Selective Service Requirement: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
  • Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
  • Bargaining Unit Status: No
  • Pre-Employment Physical: Not Required
  • Financial Disclosure Requirement: Required
  • Defense Acquisition Workforce position. Must complete DoD certification and other requirements. See Addtl Info.


To qualify for a Contract Specialist, GS-1102-12 your resume and supporting documentation must support: A. Basic Contracting Requirement: A.) A baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees OR B.) a current civilian employee in DoD or member of the Armed Forces, who occupied an 1102 position, contracting officer position, or comparable military contracting position with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold on or before September 30, 2000 are excluded from the requirements of "A" above. B. Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To qualify at the GS-12 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military or private sector. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including time-in-grade (General Schedule (GS) positions only), time-after-competitive appointment, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the cut-off/closing date of the announcement. Creditable specialized experience includes: Knowledge of Federal and agency contracting laws and regulations applicable to centralized acquisition of agency-wide commodity and service requirements Knowledge of commercial business and industry practices and trends, cost factors, and market conditions along with understanding the military support requirements to be procured to identify potential contractors in limited supplier source situations. Developing of pre-negotiation plans, negotiation techniques, and cost and price analysis of procurement proposals to independently decide on proper strategies to procure complex requirements. Applying negotiation, persuasion and compromise techniques is required to negotiate price, terms and conditions, delivery schedule, contract modifications, (quantity options and extension of contract performance periods) and settlement of contractor claims in the best interest of the Government. 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; religious; 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.


Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

Are you using your education to meet the Basic Contracting Requirement? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at time of application.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.


  • Address DLA Energy 8725 John J Kingman Rd Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-6222 US
  • Phone: (717) 770-3073
  • Email: [email protected]


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