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Job Title:Purchasing Agent

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Defense Logistics Agency

Job Announcement Number:DLALndMartm-13-811243-DE

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$38,790.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year


Thursday, December 20, 2012 to Monday, January 07, 2013




Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types


Few vacancies in the following location:
Mechanicsburg, PA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


America's Logistics Combat Support Agency

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) agency. DLA provides worldwide logistics support for the missions of the Military Departments and the Unified Combatant Commands under conditions of peace and war. It also provides logistics support to other DoD Components and certain Federal agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, and others as authorized.  


  • See Conditions of Employment for requirements related to this position


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As a Purchasing Agent you will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Performs Pre-Award and Post Award Acquisition functions on purchase orders.
  • Performs market research, identifies potential vendors and creates the solicitation package.
  • Performs evaluation of offers, comparative price analysis for reasonableness and recommends award to the Contracting Officer.
  • Interprets guidelines and adapts procedures to resolve specific problems.
  • Researches applicable contract clauses and provisions for purchases that involve special handling such asinspection, acceptance, packaging, shipping, etc., and determines the best method of transportation for articlesordered dependent on urgency of request (changing deadlines).
  • Performs extensive monitoring and oversight of small purchases to resolve problems such as protests, claims,unauthorized commitments and modifications.
  • Prepares contract modifications, identifies the circumstances prohibiting modification and applies procedures forcompleting modifications in accordance with existing regulations and sound judgment.



    ABOUT THE POSITION: This is an Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (AT&L) Workforce position in thePurchasing career field. The incumbent will be required to become DAWIA certified at Level II (2) in thePurchasing career field within 24 months, unless a Position Requirements Waiver is approved to extend the 24month period. AT&L position requirements will be used in the evaluation criteria.


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To qualify for a Purchasing Agent, your resume must support:


Specialized Experience: To qualify at the GS-07 level, applicants must possess one year of specializedexperience equivalent to the GS-06 level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant withthe particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that istypically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience are identified in the MajorDuties section of this vacancy announcement and may also include:


  • Making competitive or sole source purchases less than the simplified acquisition threshold, determines method of solicitation and establishes reasonable quote time based on type of requirement, determining price reasonableness utilizing various methods to ensure each purchase is awarded at a fair and reasonable price;tailoring special terms and conditions, or other matters of similar complexity.
  • Reviewing specifications outlined by the customer to ensure information pertaining to the acquisition is clearand adequate in order for contractors to ensure their products offered meet the minimum requirements.
  • Evaluating prices or costs for requirements with inadequate price history or evaluating allowable charges forrequirements involving special cost features.


Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, and abilities) in the following areas:


  • Knowledge of pre-award/award and post award procurement processes
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing
  • Knowledge of Federal and DoD procurement policies, regulations, directives, manuals or precedents


Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Expenses: Not Authorized
Relocation (Government Home Sale) Expenses: Not Authorized
Work Schedule: Full Time
Tour of Duty:  Flexible
Overtime Work:  Rarely
Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel:  Rarely
Security Requirements:  Non-Critical Sensitive W/Confidential
Drug Testing Designated Position:  No
Fair Labor Standards Act:  Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit Position:  Yes
Reemployed Annuitant:  Does Not Meet Criteria 
The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at:
Emergency Essential:  No
For an explanation of the conditions of employment, please review the definitions at:


We will review your résumé and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified in the Qualifications section above, required for this position. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:


 Best-Qualified: This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.


  • Highly-Qualified: This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, as determined by the job analysis.


  • Qualified: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.


  • Names of the candidates in the Best-Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.


Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are entitled to veterans' preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Qualified veterans' preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job. For information on entitlement see


All Veterans: You are required to submit a DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4). Veterans claiming 10 Point Preference in addition to your DD 214, you are required to submit a completed SF-15 and, supporting documents outlined on the SF-15.



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For information regarding Federal benefits, please see:


ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan):   If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated Highly Qualified under Category Rating procedures used as the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.  Additional information may also be found at the General Information and Definitions link below.


MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE:  Information and required documentation for claiming Military Spouse Preference may be found at the General Information and Definitions link below. 


SELECTIVE SERVICE:  ATTENTION MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law. 


Please review the General information and Definitions at: 




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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 
- Completed Resume – (Required) For more information click on "How To Prepare A Resume" 
- Completed Questionnaire  – (Required)
- Other supporting documentation as required.  Please see the required documents section to determine if there are other documents you are required to submit.

To preview the questionnaire, please go to View Assessment Questions

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, January 07, 2013.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

To review the status of an application through USAJOBS:

  1. Log into your USAJOBS account.
  2. Click Application Status within our profile to expand your application.
  3. Click the more information link under the Application Status column for this position. You will be routed to Application Manager.
  4. Click the Vacancy ID link to open the Application package. The Details tab displays by default. The Details tab displays comprehensive information about the selected Application Package including: assessment(s) and the status, supporting documents and their status, correspondence sent to you by the hiring agency, and your application processing status.
  5. For additional information, see Details Tab and Checklist Tab.


    If you have completed the application process online and were unable to upload your supporting documents, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID  811243 and fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    Note: If you are unable to apply online please follow the directions located at:


The documents you are required to submit vary based on what authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee).  Please review the following to see if there are any documents you need to provide:



Jodi M. Evans-Harris
Phone: (614)692-0286
TDD: (800)654-5984
Agency Information:
DLA Human Resources Services Columbus
3990 E Broad Street
Bldg 11 Section 3
Columbus, OH


Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt.  Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses.  A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official, and you will receive a notification of referral.  The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.  If interviews are conducted, DLA uses a technique called Behavior Based Interviewing (BBI)
Be sure to check your USA Jobs account for your notification updates. 

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