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    Volpe has several job opportunities for Contract Specialists and Procurement Analysts working in the Office of Acquisitions including in our Off-site Engineering & R&D Contracts Branch and our On-site Contracts & Simplified Acquisitions Branch.

    Volpe is committed to fostering an all-inclusive diverse workforce where employees feel valued for their unique backgrounds and qualities and have a sense of belonging and engagement in helping to advance transportation for the public good.

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    As a Senior Contract Specialist you will:

    • Be responsible for the full range of pre-award functions involving procurements (including assistance agreements), typically involving technical services or programs of research and   development, specialized equipment or systems. Be responsible for the solicitation, analysis, evaluation, and negotiation of proposals and budgets.
    • Perform acquisition planning, scheduling procurement from time of acceptance in the Division through award. Develop procurement objectives for the requirement in terms of  and price range, and constructs the considerations. Prepare and maintain current acquisition plans, appropriate milestone charts, and related schedules.
    • Perform detailed analyses of all elements of cost in contractor and applicant proposals and budget applications, and make competitive range determinations.
    • Conduct pre-proposal conferences with prospective offerors and applicants to arrive at a clear understanding of what is required under the proposed procurement. Obtain appropriate data from technical officials. Issue solicitations, with amendments as necessary, to clarify questions concerning such topics as specification changes, language ambiguities, or clarification of contract clause.

    As a Procurement Analyst you will:

    • The employee is responsible for the analysis and evaluation of contracting matters, and the initiation, development, and recommendation of contracting policies, procedures, guidance, and control for Volpe (hereafter referred to as the subordinate contracting activity within DOT).
    • Initiates, develops, and recommends contracting policies and procedures for the guidance and control of subordinate contracting activities. Evaluates and recommends disposition on requested waivers to statutory requirements.
    • Reviews, evaluates, and provides specific guidance concerning contracting policies and procedures relative to Government facilities, acquisition workforce, suspension and debarment, unauthorized commitments, pre-award or price/cost analysis, contract closeout, warranties, recovery of nonrecurring costs, and interdepartmental coordinated procurements.
    • Participates in the development of policy as a representative to special task groups within the agency or department. Develops position papers relating to various phases of contracting.
    • Provides advice and guidance on contracting matters to project managers and contracting officers at subordinate contracting activities.

    As a Contract Specialist, you will support major programmatic efforts supporting mission critical work of the Volpe Center and its sponsoring organization or major internal program areas and efforts to maintain the Volpe Center complex and support our operations.  As a Procurement Analyst, you will provide staff support to the Acquisition Compliance Team Lead and Acquisitions Director in the areas of strategic planning, policy and procedure development and implementation, data analysis and report compilation, contract compliance, and acquisition program coordination, monitoring and oversight for the Volpe Center’s acquisition programs, processes and policies.

    The ideal Contract Specialist for this position will have a solid background and experience in the award and administration of contracts using the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) specifically Parts 8, 12, 13, 15 and 16. He or she would possess expertise in the award of a wide variety of contract types to include firm-fixed-price, time-and-materials and cost reimbursement for the acquisition of professional and technical services, as well as research and development, and in conducting price analysis and detailed cost analysis. It is recognized that the breadth and depth of experience will vary by grade level of the candidate. It is considered favorably although not required for the individual to have knowledge and familiarity working with inter-agency acquisitions and/or grants and cooperative agreements

    The ideal Procurement Analyst is an acquisition professional who has extensive operational pre-award, award and post-award experience as well as experience on a variety of contracting matters including, but not limited to acquisition human capital planning, acquisition workforce career management, suspension and debarment, price/cost analysis, contract closeout, and unauthorized commitments.  Experience supporting an organizations strategic planning, policy and procedure development and implementation, data analysis and report compilation, contract compliance, and acquisition program coordination, than this is the job for you.

    FAC-C Level III is required to be obtained within 6 months from the date of hire, if the applicant is not already FAC-C Level III certified. Applicants must submit a copy of any current certification and/or transcripts with their application.  The employee must meet the continuing acquisition education requirements required by FAITAS.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1102 Contracting

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