Contract Specialist

for the Federal Government

I ensure our customers make sound acquisition decisions.

My work ethic mirrors the FAR vision: “to deliver on a timely basis the best value product or service to the customer, while maintaining the public’s trust and fulfilling public policy objectives.”

Contracting is a team sport. I bring my interpersonal, communication, organizing, and leadership skills to the team effort to ensure success in reaching our goals.

The strengths I bring to my workplace include a can-do attitude, sense of urgency, and ability to get things done.

On the Gallup Strengths Finder Test, my signature themes include:

Achiever: This explains my drive.

Learner: I consider myself a life-long learner and the test proved it true.

Input: I collect information like others collect tangible items.

Competition: I love to win and excel at beating myself through continual improvement.

Activator: “When can we start?” That’s a recurring question in my life. I’m invigorated by action and making things happen.

 

 

 

 

MY SKILLS

The following are just a few of the skills I bring to my workplace:

PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTING KNOWLEDGE

I apply my professional knowledge of a wide range of contracting laws, regulations, policies, procedures, methods, techniques, and contract types to pre- and post-award actions for a variety of complex R&D contracts. Manage a portfolio of 20 contracts to include an OASIS service contract with options, SBIR I and SBIR II contracts, Foreign Comparative Testing Program acquisitions, and a variety of other CPFF and FFP contracts. 

I’ve attained my DAWIA Contracting Level I Certification. In addition, I have received the Certified Federal Contract Manager certification as well–indicating my willingness to learn both on and off the job.

PRE-AWARD ACTIVITIES

Acquisition planning, market research, fact-finding, risk assessment, cost or price analysis, PNM writing, and negotiation are just a few of the skills I’ve developed in the pre-award arena of contracting.

POST-AWARD ACTIVITIES

Problem identification and resolution, contract modifications, add work, descope, report tracking and other skills I utilize ensure smooth contract performance and completion.

 

MY WORK

Air Force Research Lab – Directed Energy

Although I have several years of government service as a management analyst and accountant, I started working as a contract specialist in August of 2018. I’ve had a variety of experiences since staring and have applied myself to learning contracting both on the job and off. 

My membership in NCMA and earning their Certified Federal Contract Manager designation have been beneficial in building the skills I use on the job every day. I’m currently beginning my studies to prepare for obtaining a contracting officer’s warrant. When the opportunity arises, I want to be prepared. Plus, the preparation makes me more effective in providing guidance and advice to our customers.

Research Strength

I’ve always been interested in and effective in researching. I can now apply those skills to my current position as a contract specialist.

Research and hard work are required to ensure I provide the best advice and guidance to customers during the acquisition process.  I’m a strong researcher, hard worker.  life-long learner, and voracious reader. A great combination for a contract specialist.

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s what people who have worked with me in the past have said about my research skills:

“Your greatest ability is to research something. You can find out if something has an alternative or not. This is crucial to innovating.”

Andy D., Entrepreneur, Indonesia

“You are very intelligent, analytic, very organized, and your actions demonstrate that you are a Life-Long Learner.”

Kim B., Real Estate Investor

“I admire how you have the ability to thoroughly research.”

Gary R., Entrepreneur