Procurement Officer

Date: Nov 20, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12080 


We are seeking a Procurement Officer who will provide procurement support to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), with an emphasis on providing a high level of professionalism and customer service approach on commercial equipment and service requests. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, negotiating, awarding, and administering subcontracts with low to medium levels of complexity and value.  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.


Major Job Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Reviews purchase requests 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 procurement 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 one or more laboratory customers in a full range of procurement services.
  •  Manages low to medium value subcontracts / Agreements.
  • 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 as needed.
  • Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, supply chain or a technically related field, two or more years of relevant contracts administration or purchasing experience.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or master’s degree in supply chain management, legal, accounting, finance, or other business field.
  • Customer service oriented with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse laboratory population.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral, and able to work effectively with a variety of individuals at all levels of ORNL and government organizations. 
  • Possess the ability to function in a fast-paced business environment requiring a high degree of accuracy. 
  • Understand awarding and administering subcontracts and POs, including drafting a price analysis.
  • Knowledgeable of procurement practices and procedures.
  • Familiarity with ORNL business systems, including Ariba, is highly desirable.
  • Working knowledge of FAR, DEAR and/or DOE procurement regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Proficiency in MS Microsoft Office Suite products including Word and Excel.
  • Work effectively as a member of a team, as well as independently, as required.  
  • Outcome-focused without short-cutting the process; mission empathy and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders is key to success.
  • Desire to learn and continuously improve/grow.
  • Must have a sense of urgency and the ability to prioritize workload.
  • Questioning attitude


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position now or in the future.  In order to be considered for this position, you must have the ability to work without a need for current or future visa sponsorship.


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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