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Contract Specialist

This position is part of the Southwestern Power Administration. As a Contract Specialist, you will performs a wide range of contracting duties and assignments to complete solicitation, award, and administration of agency contracts, as well as other acquisition duties under the guidance of the Division Director.

  • ´╗┐Execute contract actions encompassing a variety of contract types including supplies, services, Architect Engineering Services and/or construction contracts as a Contract Specialist. Work as a member of a procurement team and communicate clearly with internal and external customers.
  • Perform detailed cost analyses on contractor estimated direct and indirect cost elements to determine if they are allowable, allocable, and the reasonableness of the proposed costs. Analyze labor rates and escalation factors, develop projected indirect cost rates, and assess performance and cost risk to develop fee objectives. Prepare detailed reports from the analysis and document the results and make recommendations that form the basis of the pre-negotiation position.
  • Perform pre-award functions by formulating the contracting approach, reviewing procurement packages, conducting market research, preparing solicitations, determining sources to be solicited, conducting pre-bid conferences, evaluating proposals and determining competitive range in negotiated procurements, and recommending award of the contract.
  • Perform post-award functions by monitoring contractor performance, preparing technical progress reports, addressing contractor labor standards violations, preparing modifications, taking appropriate action to expedite delivery or performance when required, negotiating settlements, approving contract payments, assessing damages for non-performance, issuing show cause or cure notices, terminating contracts when required, and negotiating settlements.