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This position is located in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Division of Extramural Activities (DEA), in the Office of Acquisitions (OA), Acquisitions Management and Operations Branch (AMOB) in Hamilton, MT. The AMOB provides contractual and simplified acquisition services to the Intramural and Extramural communities of NIAID. If you are selected for this position, you will be responsible for procuring various types and categories of supplies, equipment, and services required by the Institute in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Federal Supply Schedule, or other related Federal Procurement regulations and NIH policies and procedures.


If selected for this position, you will perform the following duties:

Work with requestor to develop justifications for use of large business or sole source orders and with staff in developing statements of work specifications, justifications, and GSA waivers, and assist in the preparation of justifications for other than full and open competition. 

Prepare and evaluate vendor list and unit prices to secure a fair and reasonable price for volume/bulk orders and determine prices that appear excessive or underestimated.

Verify oral solicitations and written requests for quotations, analyze offers or quotations received from suppliers or manufacturers and perform price analysis utilizing previous price history, commercial price lists, market prices or technical catalogs.

Contact vendors to clarify requirements and negotiate issues. Contact vendors/vendor representatives to advise them of ordering requirements and technical specifications and to discuss price quotations and other matters related to the purchase.

Contact customers to discuss specifications that may be inadequate or too restrictive, un-realistic lead times or prices, or other avenues for filling needs.

Accomplish acquisitions routinely requiring substantial involvement in the following: processing credit card orders, initiating requests for unilateral purchase orders, and preparing records of call, delivery orders, etc., for acquisitions involving complex specifications, unique equipment, term purchase order, maintenance, etc.

Use a variety of purchasing mechanisms, Record of Call orders against Blanket Purchase Agreements or Indefinite Delivery Contracts, Requests for Purchase Orders, SF-44(invoice vouchers), repair orders, and non-competitive and competitive procurements.


At the GS-05, GS-06 or GS-07, you will essentially perform the same duties as described at the full performance level above, however duties are less complex and will be performed under closer supervision with more detailed guidance.