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    As a Supervisory Contract Specialist in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Procurement, you will be responsible for advising the Director of Procurement on acquisition strategies and operational activities requiring contractor support. Typical duties include:

    • Representing the Procurement Office and providing guidance throughout the USPTO on statutory/regulatory requirements, frequently is the final decision maker in dealing with procurement issues. Assuring that program officials are advised of their role in significant aspects of the procurement process, such as advance procurement planning, small and minority business considerations, emphasis on competition, statement of work preparation, preliminary establishment of evaluation criteria, technical review and negotiation responsibilities, year-end spending determinations, and administrative responsibilities. Ensuring the timeliness and quality of procurement actions.
    • Assuring the proper performance of contract administration functions, including monitoring the progress of contractor performance, determining compliance with stated terms and conditions, ensuring proper and timely payments to change orders and equitable adjustment of claims, processing other types of modifications, and initiating termination actions and resolving related claims.
    • Supervising the development, implementation, and evaluation of post-award administration and closely monitoring and evaluates the COTR's performance to ensure that contractor responsibilities are met. 
    • Establishing overall Office of Procurement policies and objectives, developing procedures necessary for successful accomplishment of the procurement mission, and managing all functions of the office, including planning and assigning work and managing staff and financial resources.
    • Resolving major problem areas, keeping subordinates informed of procurement operation goals, areas of emphasis, procurement trends and work priorities, and establishing office policy to assist the supervisors in the exercise of proper personnel management. 
    • Maintaining liaison with the Department of Commerce acquisition offices for the purpose of keeping abreast of statutes, policies, and regulations that may affect significant procurement decisions; maintaining contact with the USPTO Office of General Counsel and the Department's Office of Inspector General to obtain necessary assistance on contract formation and administration issues and the resolution of contract bid protests.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1102 Contracting

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/558849200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.