Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration PURCHASING AGENT in Boston, Massachusetts

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Boston, MA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 12/1/2016 (5 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 12/7/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy ID: 1856863

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

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This position is located at the Boston Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, Jamaica Plain Campus in Boston, MA. This Purchasing Agent is part of the Prosthetic & Sensory Aids Service (PSAS) and is responsible for coordinating all phases of purchasing activities, providing inventory management support and coordinating administrative support including PSAS prosthetic/orthotic/wheelchair repair clinics, PSAS surgical implant program and PSAS specialty administrative programs. Major duties and responsibilities include:

  • Places purchase orders for medical and inventory supplies through the credit card system;

  • Receives and analyzes prescriptions and requests for prosthetic appliances and services;

  • Prepares complex purchase orders for a wide variety of devices, supplies and equipment;

  • Researches compatibility of a product from one manufacturer to another for product improvement and/or enhancements;

  • Provides in-services and support to providers in various services that utilize organization items (conducting market research, order items using consults, etc.);

  • Performs inventory control, storage, distribution, cataloging or supply identification systems or other related supply activities;

  • Issues and posts items from stock, and insures that stock levels remain adequate;

  • Screens lists of special program requirements for availability of supplies, initiates preparation of requisitions for stock orders, maintains par level documentation, and performs routine inventory counts and audits;

  • Organizes and maintains all vendor contract files;

  • Prepares information letters, program guides and other instructional materials;

  • Coordinates ordering of wheelchair parts, receives wheelchair/wheelchair parts, and coordinates wheelchair repair vendor service for patients;

  • Formulates a variety of correspondence and memoranda for review and signature;

  • Maintains files of all needed data and documents;

  • Prepares agenda, books conference room, coordinates attendance and takes meeting minutes;

  • Performs timekeeping duties; and

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Background investigation may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

In order to meet the minimum qualifications for this position at the GS-5 level you must meet one of the following:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: You must have one (1) year of specialized experience and education directly related to this position. To be creditable, this experience and education must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service that is directly related to the position. Specialized experience includes: making purchases by applying knowledge of procurement regulations; committing an organization for the acquisition of supplies, services, and equipment; ordering a variety of supplies/materials using established contracts or agreements; using a computer to enter, extract and track data; formulating a variety of correspondence and memoranda; managing databases; maintaining files of all needed data and documents; coordinating special administrative support programs; and communicating with a variety of people. OR*EDUCATION:You must have successfully completed four (4) years of education above high school in any field for which a high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite. Transcripts must be submitted with application. Education cannot be credited without documentation. *OR

COMBINATION: You must have an equivalent combination of successfully completed post-high school education (beyond the second year) and experience, as described above. Transcripts must be submitted with application. Education cannot be credited without documentation.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • Ability to apply a broad knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations, contracts, procurement/purchasing regulations and procedures

  • Ability to apply inventory management techniques and procedures

  • Ability to use computers and computer programs

  • Communication skills

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is mostly sedentary. There exists periods of working long periods at a computer terminal. Ability to retrieve equipment from a storage room is required. Climbing associated with stocking of equipment in storage areas may be necessary. May carry/lift items weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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.

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; 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (774)826-1106.

Other Information

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Salary Range: $35,381.00 to $45,995.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1105-05/05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 457891100

Job Announcement Number: ANS-17-MZA-1856863-BU