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The USPS OIG is seeking a highly qualified applicant to fill our Contracting Officer Specialist position in the Office of General Counsel, Contracting team located in Arlington, VA. The successful candidate will serve as a Contracting Officer Specialist and expert technical authority for the agency in the areas of contracting and procurement. The successful candidate will also be responsible for providing excellent customer service in contracting and procurement by resolving significant and complex contracting issues, creating innovative solutions for customer needs, and working well with customers from all OIG components.
Candidates will be evaluated on the skills that they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and/or the experience, education and training that indicate the applicant's ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. Only those candidates who meet all qualification and eligibility requirements and who submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, March 07, 2014 will be considered.
The USPS OIG uses a Pay Banding system, which is equivalent to the Federal GS scale. Grade and salary determinations will be made based upon a candidate's education and professional experience.
This position is being advertised at the Specialist Band level, equivalent to a GS-14. The salary range for this position is $106,263 - $138,136. The salary figures include locality pay.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the agency's needs at the time of hire. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations.
- Plans, negotiates, leads, and/or administers complex procurements of goods, systems or services with specialized, state-of-the-art, critical or scarce requirements. The procurements are characterized by a lack of any previous pricing data, usually require the use of labor hour or fixed price contracts, multi-year contracts and extensive use of subcontractors, funding that must be committed, obligated and expended within the same fiscal year, involve frequent changes in terms, and conditions , and similar difficulties.
- Develops innovative contractual arrangements to meet complex requirements, such as incentives, performance based quality assurance planning, or tasking instruction contracts.
- Audits or reviews major acquisitions of similar complexity. Presents findings and recommends corrective actions and policy or procedure improvements.
- Reviews, advises on, develops, and recommends operating unit-wide or agency-wide procurement processes, systems, procedures, and/or policies.
- Researches and advises on best contracting practices across the Government, using resources such as the Federal Acquisition Regulation, benchmarking, other agencies' policies, blogs, discussion boards and GAO findings.