Contracting / Finance - Entry-Level - 30000968

  • NSA - National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA
  • 08/05/2018
Top Secret SSBI SCI Accounting / Finance Acquisition / DAWIA Services Entry Level

Job Description

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 2 year post obligation in a Contracting Specialists, Contract Managers, or Business Financial Managers 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

- Certify availability and accountability of funds and entitlements.

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

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

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

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

- Review 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 DoD-FM certification within 24 months


Skills


The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and strong communication, problem-solving, analytic and interpersonal skills, and experience using the Microsoft Office suite. Strong preference given to applicants with a major in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Marketing, Business Administration, Organizational Management, and Supply Chain Management.


Qualifications


Contracting Specialist / Contract Manager:

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

Degree must include at least 24 semester hours of business-related courses (i.e., accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and/or organizational management).

Relevant experience must be in business management (e.g., acquisition, procurement, finance, contracting, accounting, and logistics). DAWIA Contracting I certification is preferred.


Business Financial Manager:

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

Degree must be in Business or a related field (e.g., Accounting, Economics, Finance, Statistics, Mathematics, Business Administration, or Public Administration) with at least 24 semester credit hours in accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial marketing, marketing, quantitative methods, and/or organizational management.

Experience in a business or finance related area (e.g., analyzing/monitoring budgets and expenditures) is desired.


Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule


Salary Range: $45,972 - $63,732 (Entry/Developmental)

On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.

Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible).

If you choose to participate in the Business Development Program a condition of your employment will be contingent upon the following: During this three-year commitment you will receive specialized training, and rotate throughout the business organization. Following successful completion of the program you will assume a position within NSA's Business Management & Acquisition Organization to fulfill a two-year post program obligation.


How To Apply - External


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***PLEASE NOTE:

U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.


This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

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The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.