• Procurement Specialist I

    Posted Date 1 week ago(1/10/2019 10:13 AM)
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  • Overview

    We are currently seeking an experienced, dynamic and collaborative professional to serve as a Procurement Specialist I within our Procurement team. Reporting to the Manager of Procurement you will be responsible for purchasing equipment, supplies, and basic services from vendors.


    This is an outstanding career opportunity for an individual interested in a genuine professional challenge in support of a public-spirited mission.


    Working in a creative and fast-paced environment, the Procurement Specialist I will leverage knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices and procedures within the professional field of procurement, while also using USAC-specific processes and general aptitude for business to plan and accomplish goals. Among others, your responsibilities will include the following:


    • Following established procurement policies, programs, and procedures that enhance operational efficiencies and promote cost effectiveness including standardization where possible.
    • Assuring and maintaining a smooth procurement process from initial request to invoice payment.
    • Participating in negotiations conducted with vendors to develop the contract price and terms.
    • Facilitating small and medium sized purchases.
    • Utilizing the corporate credit card program.
    • Collaborating with others to implement process improvements.
    • Participating in implementation of strategic initiatives.
    • Functioning as the business interface with USAC’s internal customers.
    • Participating in the preparation of request for quotes and proposals for potential and existing suppliers
    • Other duties, as assigned.

    About You


    The successful candidate will excel at operating in a diverse and fluid environment, and will be crucial for supporting internal customers individually, or through team management, writing requirements statements and evaluating vendor quotations and proposals to determine the best supplier for each project.


    • You are passionate about our mission to help Americans gain access to essential communications technology
    • You are a problem solver with great attention to detail, can work with little supervision, multi-task, and learn quickly
    • You have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in high-pressure situations
    • You have 1 to 2 years of experience performing duties similar to those outlined above
    • You have previous experience with a corporate credit card program
    • You are proficient with Microsoft Office products, and can competently use them (especially Excel) to create deliverables
    • You love working in teams and as a team member, doubly so within cross-functional teams
    • You have excellent interpersonal skills and are able to communicate information concisely and professionally
    • You have the ability to conduct market research and evaluate pricing
    • You are a self-starter who is organized and can easily manage multiple tasks
    • You are an analytical thinker who can analyze problems in order to develop solutions and recommendations

    The following skills are desired:

    • You have previous experience purchasing items such as office supplies, furniture, training, IT supplies, and professional services.
    • You have previous experience working for a not-for-profit, non-profit, or government organization
    • You possess an Associates or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college and/or university (preferably in Business Management, Finance, Procurement or Contracting) or equivalent experience.
    • You have previous exposure to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

    About USAC

    Through its administration of the $10 billion Universal Service Fund (USF) programs on behalf of the FCC, USAC works to promote the availability of quality services at just, reasonable and affordable rates and to increase access to advanced telecommunications services throughout the nation. Specifically, the USF programs provide funding for the expansion of telecommunications and broadband access to rural communities and health care facilities, schools and libraries across the country, and low income households. Through program administration, auditing, and outreach, USAC works with contributors, service providers, and program beneficiaries to achieve the program goals articulated by the FCC for each of these programs.


    The FCC has reformed the USF to support further investment in and access to evolving broadband infrastructure, making the programs a primary vehicle to support this critical national priority. USAC, as the administrator of the USF, plays a critical role in supporting the ambitious vision to ensure that all citizens in the United States have access to high-speed broadband. The organization has approximately 500 employees with an operating budget of more than $200 million. USAC works in close partnership with the FCC and other federal and state partners to support the achievement of the USF program goals.


    USAC administers the USF programs—High Cost, Lifeline, Rural Health Care, and Schools and Libraries. USAC strives to provide efficient, responsible stewardship of the programs, a key national asset in making important telecommunications and Internet services available to consumers, health care providers, schools, and libraries throughout the United States. The program divisions are supported by additional USAC personnel in Finance, General Counsel, Information Systems, Internal Audit, the Enterprise Program Management Office and Human Resources. Consistent with FCC rules, USAC does not make policy for or interpret unclear provisions of statutes or the FCC’s rules.


    Universal service is paid for by contributions from telecommunications carriers, including wireline and wireless companies, and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol providers, including cable companies that provide voice service, based on an assessment of their interstate and international end- user revenues. These contributions are most typically passed through to consumers through a universal service fee line item on their telephone bills.


    Additional information on USF programs can be found at: http://www.usac.org/about/about/who-we- are/default.aspx


    USAC offers a comprehensive benefits package, ongoing professional development opportunities, including vacation and sick leave.


    USAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Only principals will be accepted. No agencies please.


    To apply, please submit a cover letter and resumes, click the “Apply For This Job Online” button


    USAC employees are passionate about our mission. Our work contributes to the success of all Americans. We’ve worked together to build a culture that is collaborative, ambitious, outcome-oriented, and feedback-focused.


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