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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

North Chicago, IL

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


North Chicago


Illinois (IL)

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GS-7 Pharmacy Technician (Procurement) function in various areas of the pharmacy, e.g. inpatient pharmacy, outpatient pharmacy (East and West campuses), chemotherapy infusion center clinics, emergency department, surgery, wards, various storage areas, offices, and other patient care areas, under the supervision of the Associate Chief, Pharmacy Operations

The incumbent is responsible for the acquisition/requisition support, inventory management, budget management, property management, and recalls for the Pharmacy Division. The Pharmacy drug and supply budget covers medications, solutions, reagents, and supplies. A majority of pharmacy drug budget is ordered through a prime vendor. In addition to prime vendor orders, medications and supplies are ordered directly from manufacturers.

Duties also include, but are not limited to the following:

The incumbent has delegated Contracting Officers responsibilities that encompass micro-purchases not to exceed $3,500.00 and prime vendor procurements in accordance with established contracts.

The incumbent is responsible for the coordinating of procurement and the reconciliation of all micro-purchases. These duties require daily maintenance of accounts and close coordination with the business office.

Incumbent serves as the main point of contact in establishing prime vendor programs and coordinates Pharmacy Division efforts. This action includes the inventorying, order placement, and receipt/verification of products obtained.

The incumbent is responsible for initiating requests, market research to obtain necessary information required for approval, and procurement at the small procurement or contract service center.

Individual must maintain a cooperative working relationship with the VA Great Lakes Acquisition Center (GLAC).

The employee uses judgment in selecting supply sources from established lists utilizing procurement card and the FHCC policies and procedures. Actively supports the facility's socio-economic program by pursuing business with companies within the targeted categories. The employee is expected to use judgment and initiative in resolving aspects of the work not fully covered by instructions. The employee refers situations that require significant deviations to the supervisor or pharmacy leadership for guidance and resolution.

The incumbent will be required to follow-up on delinquent deliveries, addresses all overages, shortages, damages, performance, and reconciliation processes.

The employee assures procurement actions are executed in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and VA Acquisition Regulations (VAAR), and any applicable DoD regulations or requirements.

Responsible for requisitioning items through Servmart, GSA, SLA, or excess programs from other government agencies. Incumbent will coordinate/finalize any shipping discrepancy or Quality Improvement Reports (QIR) that may be required.

Incumbent is a purchase card holder and complies with all the acquisition regulations, including Federal, VA and local FHCCC to include 8A, small business, Javits Wagner O-Day Act, and mandatory sources. Makes individual purchases not exceeding the current authorization. Unless specifically authorized to do so by the VISN HCA. Reconciles purchase card charges within the established time limits.


Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.

Experience or Education: A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience.

Certification: Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above.

Physical Requirements: Meet the physical requirements for this position according to VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Applicants must successfully complete a pre-employment physical, including the possibility of a drug screen.

English Language Proficiency: Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.


In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

Creditable Experience: To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the scope of pharmacy technician practice.

Quality of Experience: To be creditable, pharmacy technician experience must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means.


Experience: One year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-6) that demonstrates the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) described at that level AND in addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated with an asterisk (*):

1. Ability to evaluate, analyze workflow, and coordinate work activities.

2. Ability to independently gather, evaluate, and analyze data to generate reports and/or for other projects/statistical purposes.

3. Knowledge of pharmacy policies and procedures sufficient to train and orient new employees and other staff.

4. Comprehensive knowledge of the operation and care of specialized pharmaceutical equipment.

5. Comprehensive knowledge of the procurement and formulary process.

6. Comprehensive knowledge of investigational drug policies and procedures.

7. Comprehensive knowledge of controlled substance policies and procedures, and the ability to identify and investigate discrepancies in these policies and procedures.

8. Comprehensive knowledge of, and ability to analyze data in VA information systems.

Certification: PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G28. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


Current Most Recent SF50

Copy of your certification from the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: . (Required)

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

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Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.

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