Feb 01, 2023

Contracting Specialist - Senior Level (MD)

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA

Job Description

As a Contracting Specialist at NSA, responsibilities include but are not limited to: - Designing acquisition strategies to meet the government's needs through the most appropriate contracting method - Conducting market research - Preparing and issuing Requests for Proposal (RFP) and Requests for Quote (RFQ) - Evaluating proposals from potential contractors/vendors - Negotiating contract terms with selected contractors/vendors - Evaluating procurements to ensure compliance with funding, legal, and program requirements - Preparing and awarding contracts with supporting documentation in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations and NSA policy - Administering contracts to include issuing modifications, monitoring performance, and ensuring payment is issued - Solving complex and unique challenges that arise throughout the life of a contract - Implementing best practices and processes - Communicating program successes and issues with various levels and organizations throughout the Agency, as well as with external customers and contractors - If not already completed, training in federal acquisition to become certified in Contracting under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act within 24 months of employment

Contracting Specialists at NSA acquire commercial goods and services that allow the agency to collect foreign intelligence and protect national security systems. From purchasing comfortable kennels for NSA's working dogs to acquiring the latest and greatest computer technology, contracting professionals are the only people authorized to buy goods and services on NSA's behalf. As a Contracting Specialist with NSA, you will be empowered to develop, negotiate and manage contracts of varying types and dollar values (simplified purchases to multimillion dollar awards). You will have the opportunity to see your contributions to the mission first hand, while overseeing your requirements from cradle-to-grave.

The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Relevant experience must be in business management (e.g., acquisition, procurement, finance, accounting, and logistics). Federal contracting experience and DAWIA certification is preferred. SENIOR LEVEL Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 4 years of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 10 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and who possesses strong communication (both oral and written), problem-solving, analytic and interpersonal skills, along with experience using the Microsoft office suite. Selected individuals must be willing to work in a high-paced, rapidly changing environment. Knowledge and experience in the following areas is required: - Applying Federal and DoD Acquisition concepts, regulations, and statutes (e.g., FAR, DFAR, MPOAS, NSA acquisition directives, policies, and procedures) - Negotiating and awarding contracts - Understanding cost analysis We are looking for someone who: - Loves to learn - Is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment - Can juggle multiple priorities and deadlines - Enjoys problem-solving and strategic-thinking - Communicates clearly and builds positive working relationships - Doesn't mind taking time to get the details right - Enjoys teamwork and collaboration - Curious to learn about unfamiliar topics - Excels at Microsoft Excel

Salary offers are based on candidates' education 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. Salary Range: $106,823 - $164,102 (Senior Level) On-the job training, internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, with basic 8 hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible).