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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Purchasing Agent - NIAID - DE

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:National Institutes of Health

Job Announcement Number:NIH-NIAID-DE-13-927462

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $55,844.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, July 29, 2013 to Friday, August 02, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1105-05/08

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

08

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Hamilton, MT United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview

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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.

DUTIES:

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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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify at the GS-05 level:  You must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: gathering information for comparison purchasing (e.g. in department stores or supermarkets); assisting in price evaluation and purchase of routine items; and utilizing knowledge of solicitation or purchasing methods, or have completed 4 years of education above high school, or have a combination of post high school education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

To qualify at the GS-06 level:  You must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks:  processing frequently purchased items under established contracts or agreements; verifying completeness of orders; using established procedures and specific guidelines to solicit and select sources of supply.

To qualify at the GS-07 level: You must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks:  independently determining markets and soliciting sources for the full range of procurements that have specialized requirements; independently performing the full range of purchasing tasks pertaining to specialized requirements, such as negotiating price and persuading vendors to bid.

To qualify at the GS-08 level:  You must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks:  procuring materials, supplies, equipment, and services within the small purchase limitations; assisting in the solicitation of quotes from suppliers; drafting invitations for bid or requests for quotations to potential suppliers; reviewing responses to quotes/bid solicitations; compiling bidder's lists; and preparing technical correspondence.

View Assessment Questions


If you qualify on the basis of education in lieu of experience, you must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed, and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education .

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories:

  • Best Qualified – for those who are superior in the evaluation criteria
  • Well Qualified – for those who excel in the evaluation criteria
  • Qualified – for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements

Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

If you are a veteran, CTAP or ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links for additional information and required documents:

All such documents MUST be received by 11:59pm ET of the closing date,  Friday, August 02, 2013, to be considered.


BENEFITS:

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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.

OTHER INFORMATION:

We are unable to pay relocation expenses.

 

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.  

 

A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee’s entrance on duty. The use of this service credit incentive is at the discretion of the selecting official and service credit is granted only for a position deemed hard-to-fill.

 

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application. You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:

 

  • Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire. Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)
  • A complete Assessment Questionnaire, View Assessment Questions.
  • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)
  • If you would prefer to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) for consideration, you may submit a skeletal online resume and Fax your CV. Submission of a resume/CV alone IS NOT a complete application. You must complete the online questionnaire that will appear when you begin your application on USAJOBS. (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)

 

To begin the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button at the bottom of this screen to log in to your existing USAJOBS account or to create an account if you do not already have one.

 

  • Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.
  • To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must use the fax coversheet found at http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf . Include the vacancy announcement number for the job to which you are applying, 927462. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

 

If you have questions or require reasonable accommodation during the application process, please contact the HR staff member listed below. If you cannot apply online, these are the steps to follow:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203-FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one. This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.
  4. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

 

NOTE: Faxing paper applications will overwrite your prior online application responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

 

If you have difficulties with hearing and are seeking assistance, please call a relay operator at 1-800-735-2258 or visit Maryland Relay or AT&T Relay.

 

For technical difficulties, contact HR Systems Support between 8 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday at 301-451-1436 or hrsystemssupport@mail.nih.gov.

 

Additional Information on How to Apply

Information on Reasonable Accommodation

 

We encourage you to verify that your application is complete. Log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Friday, August 02, 2013.  

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (including DD214 to support Veterans' Employment, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Laverne Coleman
Phone: (301)402-3942
Email: COLEMAL1@MAIL.NIH.GOV
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD
20892

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Within 15 business days of the closing date, Friday, August 02, 2013, you may check your status online at USAJOBS.  We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.

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Job Announcement Number:

NIH-NIAID-DE-13-927462

Control Number:

348043700