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Senior Procurement Officer, Construction

Date: Dec 2, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9163 


We are seeking a Senior Procurement Officer (8+ yrs of relevant experience) who will provide procurement support to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), with an emphasis on construction subcontracts. The successful candidate will be responsible for awarding and managing special and unique subcontracts (particularly those of programmatic significance, large dollar value, complex construction subcontracts, etc.), including oversight of construction subcontract supplier performance.


Major Job Responsibiliires/Duties:

  • Serves in a leadership role on process improvement teams. 
  • Work responsibilities increasingly involve mentoring less experienced staff, as well as Customer Relationship Management activities, subcontract closeout, 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.
  • May represent the Contracts division as a team lead or senior professional in support of a Laboratory customer.
  • Work is governed by and must meet the quality standards of the UT-B'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.
  • 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.).
  • Advanced level of knowledge and experience applying procurement practices and procedures, plus track record managing complex projects for Laboratory customers, Contracts management, and the Business Services Directorate (BSD).
  • Demonstrates 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 leadership capabilities.
  • Competent to support one or more laboratory customers in a full range of procurement services.
  • Manages larger-value subcontracts / Agreements.
  • Occasionally trains, guides and mentors junior staff.
  • Knowledgeable of procurement practices and procedures.
  • 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 and eight or more years of relevant contracts administration experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.  


Qualifications Preferred:

  • Master’s degree in supply chain management, legal, accounting, finance or other business field desired. 
  • Working knowledge of FAR, DEAR and DOE procurement regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Experience with Ariba is highly desirable.
  • Contracting professional certifications desired -  Certified Professional Contract Manager, Certified Federal Contract Manager, etc.
  • Familiarity with ORNL business systems, including SAP or Ariba, is highly desirable.




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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