Procurement Officer IV

Date: Sep 14, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11635 


We are seeking a Procurement Officer who will provide senior level subcontract management support for a large project.  This position resides in the Contracts Division in the Business Services Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle, LLC.  


The successful candidate will provide subcontract support to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), with an emphasis on large equipment purchases, design, and professional services type subcontracts. Experience supporting engineering projects, including reviewing/interpreting Statements of Work and engineering documents is a plus. The successful candidate will be responsible for awarding and managing special and unique subcontracts (particularly those of programmatic significance, large dollar value, complex subcontracts, etc.). Will represent the Contracts Division with key customer leadership, providing consulting support for scheduling and execution. May serve in a leadership role on process improvement teams, or as a Team Lead in their respective working group as needed.  Work responsibilities increasingly involve mentoring other staff, as well as Customer Relationship Management activities, and subcontract closeout. These responsibilities also include the following: pre-procurement planning with customer, pre-proposal conferences, facilitating management reviews, leadership of subcontract negotiations, participation on process improvement teams, award of evaluated/best-value procurements, and subcontract closeout.


Work is governed by and must meet the quality standards of the UT-Battelle’s standard procurement practices and procedures. Exerts increasing latitude in determining objectives and approach to work assignments. Serves as a resource to Contracts management in determining Contracts Division goals and support strategies for Laboratory customers.  May serve as Team Leader at this level. Work is managed to ensure objects are achieved.


Advanced level of knowledge and experience applying procurement practices and procedures, plus track record managing complex projects for large customers or Contracts management. Able to demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of principles, theories, professional competencies & work methods plus knowledge of other disciplines and functions. Significant experience applying & demonstrating accumulated knowledge and contract leadership capabilities. Familiarity with ORNL business systems, including SAP or Ariba, is highly desirable.


Represents the Contracts Division in providing advice and acquisition solutions to problems associated with special customer projects/ functions and/or systems. Increasingly, participates on Management Reviews and leads Competitive Evaluation Teams.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, supply chain or a technically related field, eight or more years of relevant contracts administration experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Degrees or experience in mechanical engineering or similar technical fields is a plus.
  • Customer service oriented with the ability to communicate effectively with senior level leadership. 
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral, and able to work effectively with a variety of individuals at all levels of ORNL and government organizations. 
  • Working knowledge of FAR, DEAR and DOE procurement regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • The candidate must possess the ability to function in a fast-paced business environment requiring a high degree of accuracy. 
  • Must be customer service oriented with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse laboratory population. 
  • Excellent attention to detail and well-developed written and oral communication skills. 
  • Requires proficiency in PC Microsoft Office, word processing, spreadsheets and databases, such as Excel, Adobe Acrobat and Word. 
  • Must possess the ability and willingness to work effectively as a member of a team, as well as independently, as required.  


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in supply chain management, legal, accounting, finance or other business field desired, or a Bachelor’s/Master’s in an engineering field.
  • Experience with Ariba is highly desirable.
  • Contracting professional certifications desired -  Certified Professional Contract Manager, Certified Federal Contract Manager, etc.




This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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