Valerie W

Federal Government - 20 Years of Experience - Near 60544


Federal Government


Plainfield, IL

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Managed Responsible for the solicitation, negotiation, administration, close-out, and termination of purchase orders and contracts using procedures outlined in the Federal Acquisition Regulations, VA Acquisition Regulations, Public Laws, and Agency policy. Develop, implement, and review contracting plans for pre-award, post-award, price/cost analysis and a wide variety of procurement activities. Responsible for recommending the appropriate methods of procurement i.e. simplified acquisition, procedures, sealed-bidding and negotiations. Advises technical personnel as to inadequate, ambiguous or vague specifications to avoid Government liability. Aids requiring activities in performing market research, reviewing specifications and statements of work, and approving acquisition milestone plans. Ensures specifications and statements of work are prepared in a manner which adequately describes the Government's requirements without restricting competition. Conducts public bid openings, reviews bids and determines responsiveness and responsibility of low bidder in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements when using sealed bidding. Prepares price negotiation memoranda, outlining in writing the details of negotiations with contractors in competitive and noncompetitive negotiations. Conducts post-award conferences with Contractor and Government personnel to provide information and to clarify standard and special contractual provisions of the contract. Prepares other documentation for award including Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) reports, solicitation and award synopses, eCMS documents, and administrative correspondence. Perform other duties as assigned. Currently in training to receive FAC-C Level II Certification. and directed team in acquisition management either directly or through matrix support arrangement. Was responsible for strategic planning project operations and client satisfaction. Provided creative leadership from knowledge of industry best practices and most current developments in acquisition. Participated in planning and policy development issues. Responsible for the employment training motivation discipline and performance evaluation of assigned employees. Extensive knowledge of the most complex acquisition management and automated systems. Thorough knowledge of statutes and policies and seasoned management skills. Advanced business communication skills in order to effectively articulate policy and interface with the clients. Substantial initiative to identify and oversee research and planning. Have the ability to interpret assess and analyze complex data in automated systems. Assisted in the development of policies and provide guidance and interpretation. Detail oriented and organized able to read and understand acquisition and contracts documents and ensure accuracy. Able to understand work problems and procedures and ensure accuracy of work. Review the work of others and be able to detect errors or needed modifications. Have the ability to research materials identify problems and recommend and implement corrective action. Responsible for overall management of teams and projects in the acquisitions area. Supervised and managed a team of experienced contract specialists with varied backgrounds in Department of Defense (DOD) contracting while maintaining a challenging workload. Directed staff in meeting USFS deadlines. Provide assistance and guidance to staff when necessary. Assisted the USFS Team Lead in the transitioning 541 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) contracts to two regional offices. As a contract specialist developed procurement strategy recommendations for the construction of buildings structures facilities and land plus Architect-Engineering Contracts and Services Contracts. In the lead role in providing contract management assessment of contractor cost schedule and technical performance or program budget analysis and control. Draft Request for Proposals Invitation for Bids to include time and material firm fixed price and negotiated procurements. Draft procurement plans statements of work evaluation master plan and criteria and the terms and conditions of contracts. Perform price and proposal costs analysis. Coordinate with appropriate Forests on technical evaluations or material management system approvals. Proficient in entering contracting and financial information in the Integrated Acquisition System (IAS) Acquisition Workload Tracking Database (AWTD) and Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS). Managed and direct subordinates in day to day tasks ensuring projects are accomplished within the timeframes as dictated by the Forest Service. Develop solicitations in accordance with appropriate government procurement and acquisition regulations. Performed complex contract negotiations for construction services architectural and engineering service and supply contracts. Administered contracts in excess of $150 million dollars. Managed and directed contract process procurement plans statements of work evaluation criteria and the terms and conditions of contracts. Developed solicitations in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Department of Energy Department of Transportation and other requirements of Federal State and local laws. Assist in rewriting the purchasing procedures. Instructed Directors on the intricacies of different types of procurement processes. Implemented the technical review processes i.e. sealed bidding negotiated procurements and two-step bidding. Signed all purchase requisitions exceeding $5,000. Negotiate contract price Coordinates system procurements requiring multiple solicitations with responses for plans, schedules, and negotiation strategies. Prepares and develops pre-contract planning including clarification of requirements, specifications and schedules for DARTs most complex procurements. Analyzes requirements and selects contract type including terms and conditions. Develops solicitations in accordance with DARTs Procurement Regulations and Procedures Manual and other requirements of Federal, State, and local laws. Conducts pre-bid/pre-proposal conferences with suppliers. Conducts bid openings, reviews and evaluates bids and/or offers in coordination with departmental technical representatives. Maintains liaison with DART and technical department or with industry contacts. May act as an official spokesperson regarding contract matters for DART. Plans and conducts negotiations and serves as the negotiation team leader for assigned procurements. Prepares contract documents and coordinates award of contract. Makes recommendation for award/no award of contracts. Maintains responsibility for the development of pre-negotiation position, when appropriate, serves as chairperson on the technical evaluation of proposals and plans. Controls discussions with Offerors and documents all discussions. Manages contract administration from inception through final closeout, which includes: Monitors the contractor activities to ensure compliance with the provisions of the contract. Acts as liaison with the contractor and the DART technical staff. Approves payments, contract interpretation, resolution of dispute modifications and change-order actions as necessary. Maintains complete files and current contract status. Initiates default or termination actions or institutes negotiation procedures. Closes out contracts including obtaining appropriate releases, acceptance certificates, warranties and disposition of retained payments. Performs self-audits as assigned for contract and solicitation files. terms and conditions for detailed and complex projects. Evaluate and analyze information related to technical specifications proposals vendor performance and costs. Prepare recommendations for contract award to the Board of Commissioners. Prepare appropriate bid documents in accordance with applicable federal state and local laws. Determine the appropriate procurement method for the acquisition of goods and services. Assist in the preparation of technical specifications and scope of work. Monitor contract performance for compliance. Perform cost/price analyses. Conduct market surveys. Solid understanding of the Federal Transit Administration Missouri Department of Transportation Illinois Department of Transportation and county and local purchasing policies and procedures. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and interact effectively with Agency management personnel. Formerly known as Daughters of Charity National Health System. Worked directly for the Vice President of Purchasing. Completed contract documents as assigned. Ensured contract compliance within system hospitals. Typed and filed correspondence. Solicited and negotiated a seven year 22 million-dollar environmental contract on behalf of the United States Air Force using negotiated contracting procedures. Prepared contracts and/or purchase orders in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (DFAR) and the General Services Administration (GSA). Prepared detailed cost and price analysis and conducted market research on all contract actions exceeding $25,000. Prepared justifications for all sole source solicitations. Developed contract specifications with base customers and technical staff. Planned and conducted pre-bid/pre-proposal meetings bid openings and vendor performance meetings. Prepared and steered architectural and engineering evaluation committees. Collected tabulated analyzed and evaluated information relating to bids proposals vendor/contractor performance product and service costs. Conducted training sessions outlining policies and procedures governing preventive maintenance agreements/contracts to base population. Implemented corrective actions in instances of substandard contractor performance or failure to perform. Initiated appropriate actions to resolve disputes claims and appeals in addition to. Ensured compliance with contract terms and conditions relative to price delivery and performance. Processed progress payment and maintained contractor liens.