Contracting / Finance - Entry Level

The National Security Agency
Fort Meade, MD 20755
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), or Business Financial Managers (BFM).

Entry-level CS/CM/BFMs will either be hired directly into an organization or hired into our Business Development Program (DP) - a 3 year development program that combines advanced training and diverse work assignments, followed by a 1 year post obligation in a Contracting Specialist's, Contract Manager's, or Business Financial Manager's position.

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 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.


Business Financial Manager:

As an entry-level Business Financial Manager you will be part of a team that handles a wide range of budgetary tasks involved in providing new and improved intelligence capabilities and products to our customers. This area of business is concerned primarily with the total financial affairs of an organization, department, or program and the translation of actions past, present, and proposed into meaningful and relevant information for use in management. Responsibilities of a Business Financial Manager include, but are not limited to:

- Budgeting, accounting, and reporting, as well as analyzing and interpreting the financial significance of past events and future plans

- Certifying availability and accountability of funds and entitlements.

- Developing a budget or financial plan for an organization, organizational unit, program, or expenditure/cost center.

- Evaluating procurements to ensure compliance with funding, legal, and program requirements.

- Monitoring expenses against budgets to identify potential overruns and excesses.

- Recording and analyze financial data and transactions for legality, appropriateness, and accuracy.

- Reviewing and/or approve budgets.

- Training in federal acquisition and budgetary transactions to become certified in Business Financial Management under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and the Department of Defense Financial Management (DoD-FM) certification within 24 months

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The National Security Agency
Fort Meade, MD 20755

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