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Location: This position is within the Office of Acquisition Operations in Fredericksburg, VA.
Area of Consideration: To be eligible under Merit Promotion, you must have an eligibility listed below.
Competitive Merit Promotion:
- Transfer or Reinstatement eligibles: current Federal or former employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service that hold, or have held a career or career-conditional position at a lower grade level as the position being announced. An SF-50 must show appointment in the competitive service.
- Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles.
Non-Competitive Merit Promotion:
- ICTAP/CTAP eligibles
- Disabled veterans receiving 30% or more disability compensation from the VA
- Individuals with severe disabilities (eligible for Schedule A appointments)
- Individuals eligible under other non-competitive appointment authorities such as: Military spouses under E.O. 13473; Certain former overseas employees; Present and former Peace Corps, Vista or Action volunteers; Former White House staff; Present and former Foreign Service officers and employees; Certain National Guard technicians.
- Current and former Federal employees who meet the established criteria outlined in an Office of Personnel Management Interchange Agreement
- Transfer or reinstatement eligibles that hold, or have previously held a career or career-conditional position at the same or higher grade level with the same or higher promotion potential as the position being announced.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e. intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities) and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.
As a Contract Specialist you will be responsible for performing professional work involving the procurement of supplies and services in accordance with regulatory guidance. Examples of equipment and supplies include: medical or facility equipment, medical/surgical supplies, nursing home services, readjustment counseling services, medical services, minor construction, and information technology services to include hardware and software.
Major duties include:
- Negotiating contracts of significant monetary value
- Planning and coordinating procurement assignments for supplies and services
- Developing and maintaining systems to evaluate and monitor contractual performance
- Analyzing information (such as business trends, market conditions, etc.) to negotiate prices
- Incorporating changed contract requirements
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