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Bonneville Power Administration

Contract Specialist, GS-1102-09/11/12

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Portland, Oregon
Vancouver, Washington
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US Citizens
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Permanent - No time limit
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Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement:

  • BPA has been powering people and careers for 75 years. We provide clean, emissions-free electricity to the Pacific Northwest and maintain a high voltage transmission system to deliver that electricity. We are a leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship, promoting energy efficiency, renewable wind and hydropower, the smart grid, fish and wildlife protection and initiatives to address climate change. We are a visionary and innovative agency that values diversity and creativity and encourages continuous learning. We are located throughout the Pacific Northwest with opportunities in cities, smaller communities and in the field.

    BPA is a not-for-profit federal electric utility. Our high-voltage transmission grid comprises more than 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. BPA markets more than a third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power is produced at 31 federal dams operated by the Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation and one nuclear plant in the Northwest and is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities. BPA purchases power from seven wind projects and has more than 4,700 megawatts of wind interconnected to its transmission system.


  • About BPA Supply Chain Services (NS)
    Supply Chain Services (SCS) is a value added, full service provider of procurement, warehousing and logistics services; providing its internal customers a collaborative, seamless and timely method for obtaining equipment, materials, and services to support their work requirements, while ensuring ethical, risk appropriate business practices that are compliant with internal controls. SCS monitors and manages the timely and efficient execution and conduct of all Supply Chain functions across the Agency. SCS provides certain specialized services in support of its customers including contracting for services, materials, and equipment; materials management, including warehousing of inventory; inventory management; order filling; transportation and fleet management; asset utilization and investment recovery; hazardous materials processing and disposal; supplemental labor management; information systems management as it applies to Supply Chain, including management of material; and equipment catalogs. SCS is responsible for continuous improvement of Supply Chain processes and implements Agency-wide initiatives that consider planning, design, purchasing, delivery, and the payment of goods and services. The Supply Chain organization works closely with the Purchasing/Property Governance Office and the Accounts Payable staff, as well as the Program Offices, to implement industry best practices and to ensure efficient, "Low touch" supply chain solutions across all BPA supply chain activities.

    BPA SCS Sourcing Services (NSS, NSC) Functional Statement
    SCS Sourcing Services organization is responsible for inventory management and the acquisition of all materials and services needed by the Agency. This organization is responsible for fully integrating strategic sourcing into all spend categories; monitoring critical issues that may affect BPA's purchasing, contracting, and inventory performance; managing the Supplier Diversity and Supplier Qualification programs; and acting as a central point of coordination for projects, materials, inventory, contracts, and material procurements to ensure that activities are carried out in a coordinated and efficient manner. The incumbent performs pre-award and post-award duties under the guidance of BPA's Bonneville Purchasing Instructions and/or Bonneville Financial Assistance Instructions. The Bonneville Purchasing Instructions (BPI) draw on purchasing techniques available from both government and commercial sources. It provides for a "best buy" purchasing process which considers quality, timeliness of delivery, quantity, and total costs, including administrative costs. The incumbent will be a member of a purchasing team that is responsible for procurement strategy, contracting, contract administration, and possible inventory management, of one or more spend categories. Categories of procured items may include: high voltage electrical equipment, other transmission materials, maintenance and operations materials, construction services, engineering services, professional services, information technology equipment and services, supplemental labor services, fish and wildlife enhancement and mitigation projects, and energy efficiency services.

    Applicants are responsible for reviewing the OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS section of the vacancy announcement. This section can be viewed by navigating to the Public Notice Vacancy Announcement link after you have logged in to the system.


    All United States citizens are eligible to apply. Candidates will be considered under a variety of appointing authorities including Delegated Examining, Merit Promotion, VRA, and VEOA (if applicable).


  • Reviews assigned procurement requests, analyzes the requirements, and develops appropriate purchasing strategy; i.e., extent of competition, method of procurement, type of contract, contract terms and conditions, etc. Prepares necessary source selection documents including any pre-qualification of potential offerors, advertising notices if required, quote or solicitation documents, including attributes of interest and other criteria for determining the best buy. Analyzes proposals to determine the best buy. Guides and participates in evaluation teams. Utilizes in-depth price/cost analysis techniques involving many different and unrelated factors and processes where there is little historical cost data or precedent. Supports the development of budgets for planned procurements. Participates in negotiations or serves as a primary cost/price negotiator.

  • Plans and coordinates contract administration activities. Monitors and reports on contractor's performance on contract, regulatory, and statutory provisions. Interprets contract provisions for contractors and for BPA officials, and provides appropriate advice and guidance. Conducts in-depth analyses of contractors' financial and management systems and facilities for their ability to perform and for their compliance with Government or contractual requirements.

  • Analyzes settlement proposals and negotiates settlements with contractors. Executes modifications in settling terminations and/or claims. Issues a unilateral determination when an agreement cannot be reached and advises the contractor of appeal rights.

Contact Information:

Human Resources NHQ-1
503-230-3230 or 877-975-4275
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