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    Come work for the USPTO, we have been ranked as one of the best places to work in the federal government! The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 12,000 employees. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Jobs Website.

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    During the current period of mandatory telework required by the Agency’s COVID-19 response, telework will be mandatory. When it is determined the Agency will be moving to the reopening phase, the expectation will be to physically return to the office at the USPTO – Alexandria, VA campus.  Telework days and any waiting period for eligibility will be determined at that time.

    This Vacancy is using the Direct-Hire authority to recruit for positions for which there is a critical hiring need.  Using the Office of Personnel Management’s approved government-wide direct hire authorities, agencies may appoint candidates directly to jobs, without regard to the provision of Title 5 U.S.C 3309 through 3318, for which OPM determines that there is a severe shortage of candidates or a critical hiring need.

    As a Contract Specialist in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), Office of Procurement, you will be responsible for providing customer service support by providing business solutions to program offices regarding all aspects of acquisition management in the planning, award and contract administration phases in the procurement of supplies and services to the Federal Government. Typical duties include:

    • Performing procurement planning. Developing and executing acquisition plans and strategic plans.
    • Serving as advisor to program officials in procurement planning meetings; advising program officials of the procurement objectives to be used, and assisting in the preparation of the statements of work; preparing determinations and findings and solicitation documents; performing detailed analyses of all elements of cost in contractor proposals, and making competitive range determinations.
    • Recommending and providing the best fit or alternative solutions when selecting contractual vehicles.
    • Providing valid, supportable research analysis from the Federal Acquisition Regulations and agency acquisition regulations.
    • Examining/evaluating cost/price proposals utilizing cost/price analysis techniques to determine whether price and costs are allowable, allocable and reasonable.
    • Serving as lead negotiator for contractual actions.; planning the negotiation strategy, and awarding the contract.
    • Developing and executing sound contract administration solutions including: monitoring contract performance, maintenance of appropriate file documentation, negotiation of contract modifications and ensuring performance is captured in federal automated systems.

    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/592861600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.