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Procurement Officer IV

Date: Nov 5, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9158 


We are seeking a Procurement Officer who will provide procurement and contract administration support.  This position resides in the Contracts Division in the Business Services Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

Responsible for planning, negotiating, awarding and administering subcontracts with medium to high levels of complexity and value while independently providing procurement support for ORNL customers.  These responsibilities also include the following: pre-procurement planning with customer, pre-proposal conferences, facilitating concurrent reviews, leadership of subcontract negotiations, participation on process improvement teams, award of evaluated, best-value procurements, and subcontract closeout. 


Reviews requisitions and specifications to ensure adherence to Department of Energy (DOE) prime contract requirements, as well as ORNL and Contracts Division policies and procedures.  Develops and maintains accurate and complete files according to division and company procedures.  Acts as the primary point of contact for all functions related to each award.  Coordinates award activities with appropriate parties (Customers, Receiving, Requisitioners, Accounts Payable, Materials Clerks, Legal, Property, etc.).


Uses considerable discretion, market research and judgment to determine best approach to facilitate acquisition solutions based on contracting experience and knowledge.  Work is managed to ensure that assignments are completed on time and with a at a high degree of customer service. 

Competent to support multiple laboratory customers in a full range of procurement services. Manages larger-value subcontracts / Agreements. Occasionally trains, guides and mentors junior staff. Familiarity with ORNL business systems is highly desirable.


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


Measures of Effectiveness:

  • Successfully conducts competitive and noncompetitive acquisition process for requirements necessary to support various ORNL projects.
  • Successfully leads routine contract price negotiations required to meet ORNL objectives.
  • Successfully negotiates necessary modifications and administrative changes to subcontracts and purchase orders required during contract performance.
  • Successfully administers subcontracts and purchase orders to completion and closeout.
  • Successfully maintains conformance to program and contractual requirements by reviewing subcontractor performance, costs, prices, invoices and schedules.
  • Exhibits competence in focus area, while also demonstrating the ability to successfully administer more complex procurement actions.
  • Demonstrates the willingness and ability to successfully administer more complex procurement actions.
  • Performs independently.
  • Exhibits willingness to build customer relationships.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, supply chain management, legal, accounting, finance, other business field or a technically related field and eight or more years of relevant contracts administration experience.
  • 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.  
  • Position requires working knowledge of UT-Battelle/DOE procurement regulations and policies and procedures as well as government procurement terminology. 
  • Excellent attention to detail and well-developed written and oral communication skills. 
  • Requires proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe, and database applications. 
  • Must possess the ability and willingness to work effectively as a member of a team, as well as independently, as required. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Experience with ORNL procurement policies and practices.  


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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