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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Purchasing Agent

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:UK938649-ARS-CH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$34,075.00 to $49,375.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, August 12, 2013 to Friday, August 16, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1105-05/06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Clay Center, NE United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

PLEASE READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS UNDER "HOW TO APPLY" BEFORE YOU BEGIN.

RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE PAID.

NOTE: This vacancy is also currently advertised under the following announcement:

Merit Promotion (applicants with status as current or former federal employees or applicants eligible under special hiring authority): Job Announcement UK939616ARS-CH at the GS-1105-5/6.

Complete applications must be received for each job announcement applied to; additional information about who may apply can be found in each job announcement.

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) works to ensure that Americans have reliable, adequate supplies of high-quality food and other agricultural products. ARS accomplishes its goals through scientific discoveries that help solve problems in crop and livestock production and protection, human nutrition, and the interaction of agriculture and the environment.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • Meet education and/or experience requirements.
  • Complete the Occupational Questionnaire/submit resume/supporting documents.
  • This announcement may be used to fill more than one position.

DUTIES:

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This position serves as a Purchasing Agent for US Meat Animal Research Center.  This position performs a wide range of purchasing and contracting functions which include but are not limited to negotiating and recommending awards on the open market or under government contract. Work is conducted and completed within the scope of the assigned agency procurement authorization.  When work exceeds the procurement authorization, prepares and submits purchase orders and service contracts to the Area office for signature.  This position may serve as the purchase card and/or government purchase card program coordinator, and accountable property officer.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by Friday, August 16, 2013. 

You may start at the GS-5 level if you have one of the following qualifications: 

Have at least one full-time year (12 months) of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-4 level of the Federal service or private sector. Experience involved performing technical or clerical work to support the effective operation of the purchasing/procurement functions in an office. OR; 

Have completed four full years of education above the high school level in any field for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite. OR;

Have a combination of successfully completed post-high school education (only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours is creditable) and specialized experience (i.e., 30 semester hours beyond the second year and 6 months of specialized experience).

You may start at the GS-6  level if you have one of the following qualifications: 

Have at least one full-time year (12 months) of purchasing/procurement experience equivalent to the GS-5 level of the Federal service or private sector. My experience involved preparing simple/routine competitive or sole source small purchases, corresponding with vendors to discuss factors such as availability, government pricing, equipment warranties, and  assisting with monitoring of shipment and delivery of incoming goods, etc. OR; 

Have successfully completed at least six months of graduate education or master's or higher level graduate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.


College Transcript : Submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned.  You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume.
You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process.  Please refer to the "How to Apply, Alternative Methods for Submitting Your Application Materials" section, for instructions on submitting the transcript.

Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work.  An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: If selected for this position, you will be required to submit an Annual Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter. 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

BASIS OF RATING:

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

  •  Contract Warrant/Level.      
  •  Knowledge of purchasing/procurement procedures. 
  •  Ability to research, interpret and apply purchasing/procurement regulations, policies and procedures.       
  •  Ability to analyze.    
  •  Ability to work accurately with facts and figures.     

We will review your application, including an online assessment questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

For Competitive Applicants/All US Citizens - If you meet the qualification requirements based on the extent and quality of experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position and your responses to the automated scoring system, your application will be placed in one of the three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience and/or education OR that your application is incomplete may result in receipt of a lower or ineligible rating.


BENEFITS:

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Permanent employees are eligible to elect life and health insurance coverage and will be covered by a Retirement System. Employees will earn annual and sick leave.  For additional information on benefits, click here. 

DIRECT DEPOSIT:  All federal employees are required by P.L. 104-134 to have federal payments made  by direct deposit.  click here.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP):   If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (at least "fully successful" or equivalent), and proof of eligibility, i.e., a RIF separation notice or Certification of Expected Separation, and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 80 or above excluding veteran's preference points.

Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  See http://www.sss.gov/



HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read all the instructions before you begin. 

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package, which includes the following:

1.  Resume. You may either use USAJOBS Resume Builder to create a resume or create your own; however, your resume must contain the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience; and, 5) other qualifications.
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire.
3. Additional Required Documents i.e., college transcripts, Veterans documents, etc (see Required Documents section below).

To begin this 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 that you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Please print your "Confirmation of your Submission to Application Manager" for your records. The online Occupational Questionnaire must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 16, 2013.  Applications are not screened for required documents before determining minimum qualifications. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents are received in the office by the close of business on or before the closing date of this announcement. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service etc.


Alternative Method for Submitting Your Application Materials:

If you are unable to apply online, you may fax your application materials to 1-478-757-3144. 

   ·    Click View Occupational Questionnaire to download the questions, and
   ·    Click here to download the OPM Form 1203FX, this form is used to record your responses on, and
   ·    Click here to download the required fax cover page.

If applying online or faxing your application materials poses a hardship, please contact the servicing human resources office during core business hours (8:00am to 4:30 pm central time) prior to the closing date. Requests for hardship will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Make requests in a timely manner to allow enough time to obtain documents and return the completed information to our office.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to your Occupational Questionnaire and Online Resume, other documents may be required.
1) If this vacancy announcement has a basic education requirement and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts.

2) If you are applying for Veteran Preference, submit evidence of eligibility, such as DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or Application for 10-point Veteran Preference (Standard Form 15), and the proof requested on the form.

3)  If you are a current or former federal employee please provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that verifies career/career-conditional status, position title, series and grade.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

FARM SERVICE AGENCY
Phone: (816)926-6781
TDD: 8007352966
Email: EXAM1@KCC.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
Farm Service Agency
Please do not send mail
Apply On-Line
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WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume has been received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a qualification review of your complete application package has been made, you will be notified as to the status of your application. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.  You can track the progress of your application package in Application Manager at http://applicationmanager.gov/.  


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Job Announcement Number:

UK938649-ARS-CH

Control Number:

349125500