Contracting Specialist - Entry to Experienced Level (Ft. Meade, MD)

The National Security Agency
Fort Meade, MD 20755
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.",

The NSA Story

The National Security Agency (NSA) exists to obtain insight into foreign adversaries' plans and intentions and protect our U.S. cybersecurity interests. We provide national security insights and threat warnings to government decision-makers and eradicate cybersecurity threats.

How You Can Contribute

Do you love to negotiate a win-win, desire to impact national security, and enjoy the idea of overseeing multi-million dollar acquisitions? 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. Start a career where you become a steward of taxpayer dollars, seeking the greatest return that money can provide: the safety and security of our nation and its citizens.

We are looking for Contracting Specialists and Contract Managers.

As a Contracting Specialist, responsibilities include:

- 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, and monitoring performance, and ensuring payment is issued
- Solving complex and unique challenges that arise throughout the life of a contract
- 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

As a Contract Manager, responsibilities include:

- Monitoring contractor performance and ensuring services are delivered in accordance with the contract terms
- Meeting frequently with vendors and government technical experts to discuss contract cost, schedule, and performance
- Collaborating with technical experts to establish unambiguous contract tasks; validating those tasks are within the contract scope and cost parameters
- Leading a team to evaluate contractor proposals and determine which proposal best meets the government's requirements
- Presenting status updates on expenditures, delivery timelines, and contractor performance to senior executive leadership
- Partnering with contracting, finance, and mission experts to ensure long-term contracts are properly funded and that contract modifications are approved in a timely manner
- Forecasting requirements for future contracts
- Reviewing contract invoices and collaborate with vendors to resolve any errors or issues
- Identifying opportunities to improve contract performance and reduce contract cost
- If not already completed, training in federal acquisition to become certified in Contracting and Program Management under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) within 24 months of employment

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Contracting Specialist - Entry to Experienced Level (Ft. Meade, MD)

The National Security Agency
Fort Meade, MD 20755

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