National Institutes of Health Purchasing Agent-NHLBI-DE in Bethesda, Maryland

National Institutes of Health
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Bethesda, MD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (4 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visitNIH Overview

This position is located in the Intramural Administrative Management Branch (IAMB), Office of the Scientific Director (OSD), Division of Intramural Research (DIR), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). The IAMB provides the full range of administrative and management services to the Division, and is also responsible for providing advice and guidance to the Scientific Director and other senior officials in the planning, organization and management of Division programs. The purpose of this position is to procure technical, scientific, and other necessary items for assigned Division laboratories or areas. The employee must maintain in-depth knowledge of federal purchasing regulations, methods, procedures, and business practices.


As a Purchasing Agent you will:

  • Contact vendors to advise them of ordering requirements and technical specifications and to discuss price quotations and other matters related to the purchase.
  • Prepare and evaluate vendor list and unit prices to secure a fair and reasonable price for volume bulk orders and determine prices that appear excessive or underestimated.
  • Consult with staff to gain understanding of the purchase and make final purchase decisions.
  • Contact company representatives to discuss price quotations, technical specifications, and other matters related to the purchase.
  • Work with requestor to develop justifications for use of large business or sole source orders.
  • Independently select and apply appropriate mechanisms for securing necessary services, supplies, furniture or equipment considering need, urgency, availability, cost and other factors.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.

To qualify for the GS-6 level: You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience includes: processing frequently purchased items under established contracts or agreements; verifying completeness of orders; using established procedures and specific guidelines to solicit and select sources of supply.

To qualify for the GS-7 level: You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 level in the Federal Government. Examples of specialized experience includes: independently determining markets and soliciting sources for the full range of procurements that have specialized requirements; independently performing the full range of purchasing tasks pertaining to specialized requirements, such as negotiating price and persuading vendors to bid.

To qualify for the GS-8 level: You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience includes: procuring materials, supplies, equipment, and services within the small purchase limitations; assisting in the solicitation of quotes from suppliers; drafting invitations for bid or requests for quotations to potential suppliers; reviewing responses to quotes/bid solicitations; compiling bidder's lists; and preparing technical correspondence.

Note: 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; religious; spiritual; community; 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.

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Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Within 15 business days of the closing date, Friday, October 21, 2016, you may check your status online at USAJOBS. We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.


The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH andOPM's Employee Benefits Information.

Other Information

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify).

E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.

If selected, you will be required to complete Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450 to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency. This information is required annually.

The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.

Salary Range: $39,311.00 to $62,888.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1105-06/08

Promotion Potential: 08

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453115100

Job Announcement Number: NIH-NHLBI-DE-16-1809039