Experienced Contract Specialist with excellent experience in procurement planning, contract negotiations, and contract administration. Action-oriented with strong ability to manage risk,communicate effectively with technical, executive and business audiences.Results-oriented purchasing professional specializing in reducing costs. Seeking Procurement Management position in dynamic purchasing environments. Dedicated to exceeding expectations and bringing exceptional business results.
Electronic Contract Management System (eCMS)
Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS
Extensive knowledge of pre and post contract requirements
National Contract Management Association - Mardi Gras Chapter New Orleans LA.
Delta Mu Delta Honor Society - Member
06/2015 to 05/2016
Contract SpecialistHampton VA Medical Center – Hampton, United States, VA
Purchased a variety of medical supplies, services, equipment and construction contracts using procedures outlined in the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), VA Acquisition Regulations, Public Laws and Agency policies and procedures.
Developed contract specifications, Statement(s) of Work (SOW), Performance Work Statements (PWS), and Acquisition Plans on a variety of contracts. Negotiation contract provisions, terms, and conditions for the procurement of specialized materials, equipment, and services.
Work with Contracting Officer Representatives (COR) and Fiscal to obligate, de-obligate funding on a variety of contracts.
Contract administrator and lead negotiator for several awarded contracts totaling over $80 Million with option.
Solved problems on delivery, production, quality, inspection,and other pertinent matters.Prepare closeout documents (Release of Claims) work with contractors daily.
Prepare modifications Via FAR Part 52.217-9, 52.217-8, 52.212-4 "Changes".
Conduct market research to ensure the use of small businesses, work closely with agency small business representative to meticulously document via DD form 2268 and Justification and finding (J&A) to show diligence.
Reviews purchase request, statements of work, specifications, performance work statements and Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan (QASP) for completeness and conformance to acquisition procedures.
12/2013 to 02/2014
Business Opportunity SpecialistSmall Business District Office – New Orleans, LA
Reviewed 8(a) participants financial statements to
determine their standing as an 8(a) Disadvantaged Small Business and enter verified information into the Business
Development Management Information System (BDMIS).
contracts, modifications and requirements for Disadvantage Small Businesses
Database. Enter contract requirements into the E8(a) system/application Government Contracting and Business Development from a variety of governmental contracting agencies.
Conduct annual site visits and provided written results to
Counseling to small businesses on Hub Zone, Mentor Protégé Agreements, Joint
Assisted Small Businesses in entering their company's information into the System for
Award Management (SAM) and General Services Administration (GSA).
Communicated with firms and contracting officers on a range of issues.
Worked with small businesses independently applying knowledge of federal procurement
laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
Conducted recruiting , training and education events.Worked to develop small businesses
interested in doing business with the federal government as a
Worked with government agencies in an effort
to support the accomplishment of small business goals and promoting their
organization programs and services through outreach and marketing,linking and matching agency needs.
Arranged conferences, contact attendees, send out agendas and
set up the facility as required.
12/2012 to 12/2013
Contract Specialist ContructionVA Medical Center Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 United States
Responsible for performing all work involving the
procurement of construction and A/E design services using procedures outlined
in the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR Part 36), VA Acquisition Regulations, Public
Laws, and Agency policy.
Worked with the VA Medical Center engineers to ensure
the contractor is complainant with the contract, specifications, statement of
work and drawings.
Prepare change orders, amendments, and modifications to the
contract as required, follow threshold requirements in receiving the required
QA , Legal and SAO reviews as required due to the dollar amount of the
Ensure that all submittal and invoices are dated stamped, filed and forwarded
to finance for processing. Process Progress payment in a timely manner for
Performed as lead negotiator in matter concerning contractor
proposed price as it relates to reasonableness.
Attend pre-construction meetings and final punch-list inspections to ensure contract specifications were met.
Conduct bid opening and prepare
negotiated contract actions and put in place station level IDIQ contracts for
the purpose of using task orders.
Processed Progress payments to be sent
forward to fiscal for payment and on final progress payments contact
contractors to receive Release of Claims for the purpose of closeout.
Acted as team lead when directed by the supervisor, conduct QUAD briefs to
provide status on construction contract to upper management and VISN leadership.
01/2009 to 12/2012
Contract Specialist Administrative Contracting OfficerSoutheast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System – New Orleans, LA
Responsible for preparing solicitations, invitation for bids (IFB),Request for
proposals (RFP),Request for Quotes (RFQ), Request for information (RFI) and Seal Bids.
Prepare DD form 2268 for small business reporting and work daily with
requesting services units and vendors. Work independently with very little supervisory oversight with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) daily to ensure that
all post award and pre award contracts actions are being prepared correctly and
reflect the correct language, clauses and provisions.
Conduct market research to ensure all
services, supplies and equipment orders are being procured in a cost effective
Successfully worked on General Construction contracts valued at $1 Million, Nursing Homes, Adult Day Care and Homeless
Shelters contracts in excess of over $6 Million with options.
Successfully completed two high profile Ambulance contracts valued at 6 Million and a Durable Medical Equipment contract valued at $250,000.
Served as an Administrative Contracting Specialist over all contracts on my desktop, to include two Community Based out Patient Clinics (CBOC) contracts valued at $18
purchasing agents and new contract specialists on processes as it relates to daily
work and system issues. Excellent working knowledge of all VHA contracting and
administrative software, processes and procedures.
Worked with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) daily to ensure that all post award and pre award contracts actions are being prepared correctly and reflect the correct language, clauses and provisions.
09/2008 to 12/2009
Purchasing AgentJames A. Haley Veterans Hospital – Tampa, United States, FL
As a Contracting Specialist for the Bay Pines Veterans Hospital, I had a
Level 1 contracting officer warrant authority with a purchasing limit of
Responsible for preparing solicitations, invitation for bids,
and request for proposals and request for quotes via Fedbizopps.
form 2268 for small business reporting and worked daily with requesting units
and vendors, to answer questions or to follow up.
Used the Federal
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) daily to ensure that all contracts are being
prepared correctly and reflect the correct language and clauses as they apply
to the contract action being processed.
Trained fellow trainees in the use of VISTA and (eCMS) due to my previous
experience as a purchasing agent.
Contacted location managers and department supervisors to assess requirements.
06/2007 to 09/2008
Logistic Manager/Business Services AssistanceStrategic National Stockpile/Lockheed Martin Contractor – Atlanta, United States, GA
Worked with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention accountants to ensure that funding allocated appropriately on Inter agency Agreements.
Worked extensively with Integrated Contracts Expert system (ICE) to track and enter purchase request, statements of work and sole source justifications as required by requesting branches.
Responsible for helping branches come up with solid specifications needed to ensure the Procurement and Grants office had a clear understanding of what the branches were requesting.
Used Oracle extensively to research and query information on purchase orders.
Determined the most cost-effective procedures and routes for shipments.
05/2005 to 05/2007
Materials ManagerHealth Spectrum Medical Products – Allentown, United States, PA
Managed a $7,000,000 budget, multi-site warehousing and all purchasing of Durable Medical Equipment and supplies for Health Spectrum Medical Products.
Negotiated savings over $1 Million on medical equipment and supply purchases.
Researched new products and services for use throughout the hospital system.
Determined the appropriate method of solicitation and purchase utilized in the acquisition of equipment, supplies and services via Open Market competition.
Worked with warehouse personnel to ensure excellent on hand availability of emergency medical products, supplies and equipment were ready for use at all times.
Supervised a group consisting of three purchasing agents and one accounts payable clerk. Used month end reports to communicate specific trend lines that were happening in the industry to determine methods of improvements.
09/2000 to 12/2001
Purchasing Agent Commodity AdministratorUnited Defense – Albany, GA
Responsible for purchasing material and services in excess of $3,000,000.
Managed the start up purchasing department for United Defense multi-site operation.
Managed warehouse stock levels to ensure they stayed at a high level of readiness in order to meet the needs of the production team.
Ensured timely delivery of materials and services to all three sites.
Established new delivery set up for lead plates used in the production of tank hulls, which enhanced production and reduced shipping cost.
Successfully managed the travel card program for United Defense employees start up division.
10/1998 to 12/2000
BuyerRaytheon Service Company – Atlanta, United States, GA
Maintained records of information on qualified vendors and subcontractors.
Responsible for analyzing all procurement request to ensure all items were competitively priced.
Responsible for all procurement actives in support of engineering crews working in the Southern Region.
Prepared change orders for the Federal Aviation Administration in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation, to seek additional funding for under estimated contract construction bids over $1 Million.
Reviewed purchase request for adequacy, consistency and compliance with administrative requirements.
Oversaw daily operations of purchasing department, resolved ambiguities and clarified specifications with requesting officials.
MBA: Operational Management American Inter-Continental University - Hoffman Estates, IL GPA: GPA: 3.76GPA 3.76 Credits Earned 48 Semester hours
BBA: Business Administration Shorter University - Rome GA. GPA: GPA: 3.0GPA 3.0 Credits Earned 146 Semester hours Business Admin
Government Purchasing and Procurement Level 1, 1994 - 1995.
Integrated Contracts Expert System (ICE) Level 1, July 2006
ECMS Classroom Training Certificate:
High Impact Presentation Course- 06WP07, August 2006 Simplified Acquisition Procedures, CON237, December 2007 Using GSA Schedules for Professional Services, February 2008 Mission Support Planning, CON110, February 2008 Mission Strategy Execution, CON111, April 2008 Mission Performance Assessment CON 112, April 2008 Mission Focused Contracting CON120, April 2008 Federal Acquisition Boot Camp, June 2008 Federal Appropriations Law : Writing Statements of Work, G.W School of Business -
Shaping Smart Business Arrangements CON100, March 2009 Business Decisions for Contracting CON 214, Dec. 2009 Contracting for Mission Support CON 215, June 2009 Legal Considerations in Contracting, CON 216, July 2009 Cost Analysis and Negotiation Techniques CON 217, April 2010 Advanced Contracting for Mission Support CON 218, June 2010 Architect & Engineering Services CON 243 July 2012 Construction Contracting CON 244 June 2012 Financial Management for Government Contractors Online Training 3/26/2013 How to Qualify for the GSA Schedule :
MBA : Operational Management BBA : Business Administration Government Purchasing and Procurement Level 1, 1994 - 1995.
Integrated Contracts Expert System (ICE) Level 1, July 2006
ECMS Classroom Training Certificate : High Impact Presentation Course- 06WP07, August 2006 Simplified Acquisition Procedures, CON237, December 2007 Using GSA Schedules for Professional Services, February 2008 Mission Support Planning, CON110, February 2008 Mission Strategy Execution, CON111, April 2008 Mission Performance Assessment CON 112, April 2008 Mission Focused Contracting CON120, April 2008 Federal Acquisition Boot Camp, June 2008 Federal Appropriations Law : Shaping Smart Business Arrangements CON100, March 2009 Business Decisions for Contracting CON 214, Dec. 2009 Contracting for Mission Support CON 215, June 2009 Legal Considerations in Contracting, CON 216, July 2009 Cost Analysis and Negotiation Techniques CON 217, April 2010 Advanced Contracting for Mission Support CON 218, June 2010 Architect & Engineering Services CON 243 July 2012 Construction Contracting CON 244 June 2012 Financial Management for Government Contractors Online Training 3/26/2013 How to Qualify for the GSA Schedule :
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