Sep 13, 2021

Contracting Specialist / Finance - Entry Level

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA

Job Description

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information. The National Security Agency employs a wide variety of business professionals who play a critical role through budgetary and contract activities that support our nation's security every day. We rely on the skills of our acquisition, finance, and accounting professionals to support the internal infrastructure of a federal agency comparable in size and budget to Fortune 100 companies. We are seeking passionate Business Management and Acquisition professionals to work as Contracting Specialists (CS), Contract Managers (CM). Contracting Specialist: As an entry-level Contracting Specialist, you will be part of a team that handles a wide range of contracts encompassing all that is involved in providing new and improved intelligence capabilities and products to our customers. Responsibilities of a Contracting Officer include, but are not limited to: - Working independently creating/reviewing purchase requests and related documents; clarify all facets of a proposed acquisition to ensure accuracy and completeness - Preparing requests for proposals, conduct negotiations, and prepare necessary award documentation; and administer the contracts until performance is completed - Interfacing with various levels of personnel and management and organizations throughout the Agency, as well as with external customers and contractors - Training in federal acquisition to become certified in Contracting and Program Management under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) within 24 months. Contract Manager: As an entry-level Contract Manager (CM), you will be part of a team that handles a wide range of contracts encompassing all that is involved in providing new and improved intelligence capabilities and products to our customers. Responsibilities of a Contract Manager include, but are not limited to: - Serving as the Primary Contracting Officer Representative (COR) which will be the lead and have overall responsibility for contract performance and delivery outcomes - Serving as a Source Selection Evaluation Lead - Briefing contract executive reviews to various levels of senior management - Managing all financial aspects of assigned contracts (e.g. monitoring funding, burn rate, and expenditures) while working closely with the Contracting Officer, mission customers and Program Executive Offices to contribute to strategic planning for future contract actions - Identifying opportunities to improve performance and implement overall contract cost efficiencies - Training in federal acquisition to become certified in Contracting and Program Management under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) within 24 months

The National Security Agency employs a wide variety of business professionals who play a critical role through budgetary and contract activities that support our nation's security every day. We rely on the skills of our acquisition, finance, and accounting professionals to support the internal infrastructure of a federal agency comparable in size and budget to Fortune 100 companies. You formulate and execute budget resources, develop and allocate manpower resources and even provide guidance on implementing policy on cost, finance, and accounting. Start a career where you become a steward of taxpayer dollars, seeking the greatest return that money can provide: a superior intelligence service for the safety and security of our nation.

Salary Range: $49,157 - $78,167 (Entry/Developmental) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position. Relevant experience must be in business management (e.g., acquisition, procurement, finance, contracting, accounting, and logistics). DAWIA Contracting I certification is preferred.

- Develop or assist in developing acquisition strategies. - Develop and/or implement acquisition plans, programs, and policies. - Evaluate and negotiate proposals from potential contractors/vendors. - Evaluate procurements to ensure compliance with funding, legal, and program requirements. - Prepare acquisition and contract-related documents in accordance with relevant laws, regulations, and policies (for example, FAR). - Research and evaluate potential contractors/vendors to determine best fit with needs, considering capabilities and costs. - Solicit proposals from potential contractors and vendors and make awards.

On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible).