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Job Title: Purchasing Agent
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Tucson, AZ
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, Finance/Economics, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Purchasing, Medical, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services, Energy / Utilities
Job Description
Purchasing Agent
  • Authorizes and prepares complex purchase orders for a wide variety of prosthetic and orthotic devices, medical supplies and durable medical equipment.
  • Prepares complete procurement packages and submits to the Network Contracting Authority.
  • Ensures that all the requirements inherent to the contracting officer are met, including but not limited to solicitations, socioeconomic programs, and follow-up.
  • Negotiates and awards purchase orders for the exclusive manufacture of unique equipment and devices, etc.
  • Administers small purchase orders that involve the use of instruments that are not firm fixed price (e.g., time and materials, labor hours, or other un-priced small purchase orders).
  • Provides assistance and training to new Purchasing Agents in ordering of appropriate prosthetic appliances, purchase card reconciliation, stock and inventory control, etc.
  • Reconciles all invoices for certification of payment by reviewing veteran records against invoice presented to ensure that accurate cost is being charged for service/item rendered.
  • Examines clinical health records and claims folders to determine eligibility and entitlement for items and services based on adopted criteria and advises veteran of the same.
  • Uses office automation equipment such as electric typewriter, computer, word processor, facsimile machines, etc.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Compressed/Flexible: Not Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Purchasing Agent, GS-1105-05, PD#10584-O
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/21/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-05 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-04. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: purchasing of equipment, supplies, and services through simplified acquisition procedures, formal competitive bid (sealed bid) and negotiated procedures; screening purchase requests for completeness and adequacy to determine how purchases should be made; ordering against an existing contract (e.g., Federal Supply Schedules) or through open market/small purchase procedures; soliciting quotes either orally or by issuing requests for quotation (RFQ); selecting and using the appropriate method (e.g., delivery order, purchase order, blanket purchase agreement and credit cards) to confirm and place an order.
OR,
  • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have 4 years of post high school education (Transcripts Required).
OR,
  • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond the high school education level.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Contracting/Procurement
  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Medical Information
  • Technical Competence


Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; 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.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds, Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds, Straight pulling, 1 hour, Reaching above shoulders, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking, 4 hours, Standing, 4 hours, Repeated bending, 1 hour, Both legs required, Ability to distinguish basic colors. There exist prolonged periods of working at a computer terminal. Ability to retrieve equipment from a storage room is required. Climbing associated with stocking of equipment and other items in storage areas ins necessary.

None

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

  • Resume


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 make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/21/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-05 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-04. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: purchasing of equipment, supplies, and services through simplified acquisition procedures, formal competitive bid (sealed bid) and negotiated procedures; screening purchase requests for completeness and adequacy to determine how purchases should be made; ordering against an existing contract (e.g., Federal Supply Schedules) or through open market/small purchase procedures; soliciting quotes either orally or by issuing requests for quotation (RFQ); selecting and using the appropriate method (e.g., delivery order, purchase order, blanket purchase agreement and credit cards) to confirm and place an order.
OR,
  • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have 4 years of post high school education (Transcripts Required).
OR,
  • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond the high school education level.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Contracting/Procurement
  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Medical Information
  • Technical Competence


Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; 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.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds, Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds, Straight pulling, 1 hour, Reaching above shoulders, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking, 4 hours, Standing, 4 hours, Repeated bending, 1 hour, Both legs required, Ability to distinguish basic colors. There exist prolonged periods of working at a computer terminal. Ability to retrieve equipment from a storage room is required. Climbing associated with stocking of equipment and other items in storage areas ins necessary.
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Contact Email:Steve.Sirmons@va.gov
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