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Job Title:Procurement Technician

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:DEU-14-973427-CPF

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$27,990.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, October 25, 2013 to Thursday, October 31, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1106-04/05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

05

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

This vacancy is for a Procurement Technician in the USDA Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Clay Center, Nebraska.  The USMARC develops new technology in order to increase the efficiency of livestock production and benefit consumers.  This position is located in the warehouse as pare of the Location Support Staff and is responsible for providing support in the procurement operation of the center by procuring (mainly in the immediate local area), receiving, warehousing, and delivering of supplies and equipment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service

DUTIES:

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The major duties of the position include the following:

  • Procuring supplies in the immediate local business area (25 miles distance) through the use of a government purchase card or blanket purchase order agreement.  Purchases include but are not limited to technical, mechanical, automotive, agricultural, and clerical supplies.
  • Maintaining liaison with requisitioners, expediting delivery of urgently required items, and coordinating paperwork and action with appropriate administrative staff.
  • Tracking status of supplies through the electronic internal system in order to ensure timely delivery.
  • Checking all incoming supplies and equipment against receiving documents for agreement as to quantity, description, size, weight, etc.
  • Performing warehouse functions such as receiving merchandise, stocking shelves, filling orders, and delivering ordered goods.
  • Operating a fork lift and/or hand cart when large quantities of items are received.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR GS-4

To be considered minimally qualified for this position at the GS-4 grade level, you must meet at least one of the following:

General Experience: You must have at least one year (12-months) of full-time general experience demonstrating progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work that demonstrates knowledge of the various procedures involved in the procurement of supplies and equipment.

OR

Education: You must have successfully completed at least 2 years (60 semester hours) of education above high school.  This education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school (YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY)

OR

Combination of Education and Experience:  If you do not possess the required amount of experience or education listed above, you may have an equivalent combination of education and experience that may be qualifying. For example, 6 months of general experience described above (50% of the experience requirement), and 1 year of education above high school (50% of the qualifying education) as specified above equals 100% of the total requirement (YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY)

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR GS-5

To be considered minimally qualified for this position at the GS-5 grade level, you must meet at least one of the following:

Specialized Experience: You must have one year (12-months) of full-time specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service performing the following duties:

  • Procuring mechanical, automotive, agricultural, and/or clerical supplies from established vendors;
  • Monitoring the status of orders and ensuring delivery timeframes are met;
  • Checking incoming procurement items against receiving documents to ascertain quantity, description, size, weight, etc.;
  • Performing clerical functions such as typing requisitions, maintaining computerized inventory systems, and filing

OR

Education: You must have successfully completed at least 4 years (120 semester hours) of education above high school leading to a Bachelor's degree.  This education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school (YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY).

OR

Combination of Education and Experience:  If you do not possess the required amount of experience or education listed above, you may have an equivalent combination of education and experience that may be qualifying. For example, 6 months of specialized experience described above (50% of the experience requirement), and 2 years of education above high school from an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education) as specified above equals 100% of the total requirement. (YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS IF USING TRANSCRIPTS TO QUALIFY)


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

This position is open to all US Citizens and Nationals, and Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authority eligibles. You may apply under open-competitive, and noncompetitive procedures, however; you must meet the requirements for one of the following categories to apply as a noncompetitive eligible.

  1. A current permanent competitive service employee; former Federal employee who achieved career status in the competitive service; or former Federal employee who served on a career conditional appointment without achieving career status in the competitive service who was separated less than three years ago. This includes applicants who have previously held, or currently hold this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this announcement. You must submit the SF-50 that shows competitive service eligibility to be considered.
  2. A Veteran applying for a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA), must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing an honorable discharge to be considered. Eligibility for VRA appointments includes Disabled veterans; Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a military operation for which the Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; and Veterans separated from active duty within the past 3 years. Disabled veterans must provide the SF-15 and supporting documentation from the VA along with DD-214. NOTE: VRA only applies to positions at the GS-11 level and below.
  3. A 30% or more Disabled Veteran. You must submit your DD214, a completed SF-15, and letter from the VA dated 1991 or later as proof to be considered.
  4. A military spouse. Military spouses are eligible if their active duty military spouse: 1) receives a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move; 2) has a 100% disability rating; or 3) died while on active duty. Please submit supporting documentation as proof to be considered.
  5. A Severely Physically Handicapped Schedule 'A' Appointment. Please submit documentation from a State or Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Service as proof to be considered.
  6. A Former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteers Appointment. Please submit documentation as proof to be considered.
  7. Interchange Agreements and Miscellaneous Authorities. Please submit documentation as proof to be considered.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures. Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire. We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications.

Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.

Displaced/Surplus Employees: Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Financial Disclosure Requirement:The Research, Education and Economics (REE) agencies inspire public confidence in our missions by maintaining high ethical principles. Employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as described on the REE Ethics Webpage. You may be required to submit a financial disclosure report if hired for this position.

False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

Reasonable Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is provided to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on (202) 855-1234 (TDD). The decision to grant reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, October 31, 2013. You must apply online or by fax (see below for details). Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted. Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions.

Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:

 

Option A: Online Application

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents. You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To verify 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.

To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:

  1. Click here to print a fax cover page.
  2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 973427. Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
  3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

 

Option B: Fax

If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.

  1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire;
  2. Click here to print the 1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire; and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144. The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  • Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX)
  • Resume

In addition, you may need to submit supplemental documentation (as outlined below). Failure to submit supplemental information by the closing date of this announcement will result in the loss of the particular consideration you are requesting.

Veterans' Preference: To claim 5-point veterans' preference, submit a Member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. To claim 10-point veterans' preference, submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the documentation required by that form.

Active Duty Service Members must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the certification is signed. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. 

Transcripts: If you indicate that you possess any form of post-secondary education, you must submit transcripts detailing your coursework and/or degree(s). At the time your education was obtained, the entire institution, applicable school within the institution, or the applicable curriculum must have been appropriately accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. You may lose consideration for this position if you fail to provide this information.

Foreign Education: Education outside the U.S. must be specially documented, please CLICK HERE for more information.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Midwest Services Branch
Phone: (816)426-5706
Email: KANSASCITY@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
Recruitment Effort for OPM and FSA
Call or e-mail us with your questions
Thank You, MO
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WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The best qualified candidates will be referred for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.

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Job Announcement Number:

DEU-14-973427-CPF

Control Number:

353440000