U.S Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency
$41,644.00 to $54,136.00
Open & closing dates
$41,644 to $54,136 per year
Pay scale & grade
Full-Time - Full Time
Few vacancies in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) agency. DLA provides worldwide logistics support for the missions of the Military Departments and the Unified Combatant Commands under conditions of peace and war. It also provides logistics support to other DoD Components and certain Federal agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, and others as authorized.
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As a Purchasing Agent, you will be responsible for the following duties:
Performs Pre-Award and Post Award Acquisition functions on purchase orders.
Performs market research, identifies potential vendors and creates the solicitation package.
Performs evaluation of offers, comparative price analysis for reasonableness and recommends award to the Contracting Officer.
Interprets guidelines and adapts procedures to resolve specific problems.
Researches applicable contract clauses and provisions for purchases that involve special handling such as inspection, acceptance, packaging, shipping, etc., and determines the best method of transportation for articles ordered dependent on urgency of request (changing deadlines).
Performs extensive monitoring and oversight of small purchases to resolve problems such as protests, claims, unauthorized commitments and modifications.
Prepares contract modifications, identifies the circumstances prohibiting modification and applies procedures for completing modifications in accordance with existing regulations and sound judgment.
ABOUT THE POSITION: This is an Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (AT&L) Workforce Position in the Purchasing (E) career Field. The incumbent will be required to become certified at Level II (2) in the Purchasing (E) career field within 24 months unless a Position Requirements Waiver is approved to extend the 24 month period. AT&L position requirements will be used in the evaluation criteria.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
United States Citizens
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
Work Schedule: Full-time
Tour of Duty: Flexible
Overtime Work: Occasionally
Security Requirements: Non Critical Sensitive/No Access
Drug Testing Designated Position: No
Fair Labor Standards Act: Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
Emergency Essential: No
Reemployed Annuitant: Does Not Meet Criteria
The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at:
To qualify for a Purchasing Agent (OA), your resume and supporting documentation must support:
Applicants must demonstrate in their resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) to successfully perform the duties of the position and is directly in or related to this position. To be creditable, specialized experience must be at the GS-06 grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military or private sector. Creditable Specialized Experience includes:
Making competitive or sole source purchases less than the simplified acquisition threshold, determines method of solicitation and establishes reasonable quote time based on type of requirement, determining price reasonableness utilizing various methods to ensure each purchase is awarded at a fair and reasonable price; tailoring special terms and conditions, or other matters of similar complexity.
Reviewing specifications outlined by the customer to ensure information pertaining to the acquisition is clear and adequate in order for contractors to ensure their products offered meet the minimum requirements.
Evaluating prices or costs for requirements with inadequate price history or evaluating allowable charges for requirements involving special cost features.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills and abilities) in the following areas:
Knowledge of pre-award/award and post award procurement processes.
Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
Knowledge of Federal and DoD procurement policies, regulations, directives, manuals or precedents
ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan): If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated Highly Qualified under Category Rating procedures used as the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a Notice of Personnel Action (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. Additional information may also be found at the General Information and Definitions link below.
MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: Information and required documentation for claiming Military Spouse Preference may be found at the General Information and Definitions link below.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.
Please review the General Information and Definitions at:
WORKPLACE: The Defense Logistics
Agency (DLA) has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy. All
applicants tentatively selected for DLA employment in a testing designated
position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to
appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with
DLA for a period of six months. This policy extends to random testing for the
use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions
defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564. The
Defense Logistics Agency's Drug Free Workplace Plan's drug testing panel
includes testing for the following illegal substances: marijuana, cocaine,
opiates (codeine/morphine), 6-Acetylmorphine (heroin), phencyclidine,
amphetamines (amphetamine/methamphetamine), methylenedioxymethamphetamine
(MDMA), methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone,
INFORMATION FOR VETERANS is available at http://www.dla.mil/Careers/Programs/veterans.aspx
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Volunteer Experience: Your Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Once the application process is complete, we may review your résumé and supporting documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We may evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified in the Qualifications section above, required for this position. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:
Best-Qualified: This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.
Highly-Qualified: This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, as determined by the job analysis.
Qualified: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.
Names of the candidates in the Best-Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.
Veteran's Preference: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are entitled to veteran's preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Qualified veterans' preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job. For information on entitlement see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx
All Veterans: You are required to submit a DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4). Veterans claiming 10 Point Preference in addition to your DD 214, you are required to submit a completed SF-15 and, supporting documents outlined on the SF-15. http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf
Background checks and security clearance
The documents you are required to submit vary based on what authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee). Please review the following to see if there are any documents you need to provide: http://www.dla.mil/portals/104/documents/Careers/downloads/SupportingDocumentation.pdf
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Benefits for federal employees
Pay and leave
For information on Employee Benefits visit https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
-Completed Resume – (Required) For more information click on How To Prepare A Resume
-Completed Questionnaire – (Required)
-Other supporting documentation as required. Please see the required documents section to determine if there are other documents you are required to submit.
To preview the questionnaire, please go to View Assessment Questions
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, January 22, 2018.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
To review the status of an application through USAJOBS:
Log into your USAJOBS account.
Click Application Status within our profile to expand your application.
Click the more information link under the Application Status column for this position. You will be routed to Application Manager.
Click the Vacancy ID link to open the Application package. The Details tab displays by default. The Details tab displays comprehensive information about the selected Application Package including: assessment(s) and the status, supporting documents and their status, correspondence sent to you by the hiring agency, and your application processing status.
For additional information, see Details Tab and Checklist Tab.
If you have completed the application process online and were unable to upload your supporting documents, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf
using the following Vacancy ID2027989 and fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
Note: If you are unable to apply online please follow the directions located at: http://www.hr.dla.mil/portals/104/documents/Careers/downloads/HowToApply.pdf
Agency contact information
Jodi M. Evans-Harris
DLA Human Resources Services Columbus
3990 E Broad Street
Bldg 11 Section 3
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Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive
a notification of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure
you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will
receive a notification. A review may be completed of your online
questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses.
Applicants that are found among the most highly qualified may be referred to
the hiring official for consideration, and you will receive a notification of
referral. The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and as part
of the selection process, applicants may be required to complete additional
supplemental documents. Once the selection is made, you will receive a
notification of the decision. If interviews are conducted, DLA uses a technique
Based Interviewing (BBI)
. Be sure to check your USA Jobs account for your
Fair & Transparent
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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New employee probationary period
Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.
U.S Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency
Website : http://www.dla.mil/Pages/default.aspx
As America's combat logistics support agency, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) provides the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, other federal agencies, and combined and allied forces with the full spectrum of logistics, acquisition and technical services. The Agency sources and provides nearly 100 percent of the consumable items America's military forces need to operate, from food, fuel and energy, to uniforms, medical supplies, and construction and barrier equipment. DLA also supplies more than 84 percent of the military's spare parts. In addition, the Agency manages the reutilization of military equipment, provides catalogs and other logistics information products, and offers document automation and production services. The Defense Logistics Agency is headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va. As a global enterprise, wherever the United States has a military presence, DLA is likely there as well.