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Contract Specialist

Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: January 31, 2023
Reference Code: 19097
Does a career focused on changing the world's energy future intrigue you? If so, we might have just the opportunity you're looking for!
Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) Business Management group is seeking forward-thinking professionals interested in exploring a career as a Contract Specialist.
Our team works an on-site 9x80 located at our Idaho Falls EROB facility with every other Friday off!
Responsibilities Include:
In accordance with applicable directives, federal regulations (eg. Federal Acquisition Regulations, Department of Energy Acquisition Regulations, DOE Policy Flash, etc.), guidance and approved purchasing system policies, assist in early acquisition planning, acquisition strategy, development of sources, solicit proposals, evaluate proposals, negotiate, award, expedite, and implement changes/modifications via appropriate contracting vehicles to acquire goods and services required for the INL to accomplish its mission.
  • Upon completion, implement all acquisition related closeout activities and required follow-up.
  • Determine reasonableness of vendor proposed pricing through the use of recognized analytical techniques (eg. Price Analysis, Cost Analysis, etc.) by the examination of the proposed elements of cost/price.
  • Maintain detailed documentation to support decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations.
  • Acquire and maintain a working knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, policies, standards and procedures. Interpret this set of guidance and directives to specific issues or challenges.
  • Act as an acquisition advisor to the laboratory programs and sponsors.
  • Provide support to the implementation of new and changing laws, regulation, policies, standards and procedures.
  • Provide acquisition support for the issuance of subcontracts and purchase orders of increasing complexity generally valued @
  • Take a lead role in the resolution of problems or challenges and the corresponding development of solutions within applicable rules, laws, regulations, etc. Collaborate with others and/or work within acquisition and cross-functional teams to address challenges, institute improvements and achieve the goals /objectives of the laboratory.
  • Use computer systems or applications to access, create, edit, print, send, retrieve, or manipulate analytical data, files, or other information.
  • Use established Integrated Safety Management Systems principles to insure work is conducted safely.
  • Proactively identifies, promotes and develops plans for new project opportunities.
  • Typically develops an in depth understanding of one or more specialized acquisition functions such as construction contracting, real property leasing, information management acquisition, etc.


Minimum Requirements:
  • Specialist 2: Bachelor's Degree plus 2 years experience; or Advanced Degree plus 1 year experience.
  • Specialist 3 - Bachelor's Degree plus 5 years, or Advanced Degree plus 3 years.
Job Information
Level 2: Salary Grade: 180 ($62,640 - $100,224) Level 3: 190 ($70,680 - $116,616)
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • TDP: This is a testing designated position; you will be required to submit to a pre-employment drug screen and periodic drug testing throughout the term of your employment.
  • Multi-Level: This is a multi-level posting and the selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent on depth and breadth of proven experience and skills.
INL Overview:
INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.
INL Mission:
Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
INL Vision:
Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.
Selective Service Requirements:
To be eligible for employment at INL men born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
INL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide EEO to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Reasonable Accommodation:
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Other Information:
When applying to positions please provide your resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.
INL does not accept resumes from third party vendors unsolicited.
Benefits & Salary:
We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and a phenomenal benefits package. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview
About this Employer

Part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s complex of national laboratories, INL performs work in each of the strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science & environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research & development.