Procurement Specialist III, Construction

New Jersey, United States
13 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
13 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Department   PPPL Business Operations
Category   Financial Services and Procurement
Full-Time / Part-Time   Full-Time


The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world.

The PPPL is seeking to fill an exciting role for a construction focused Procurement Specialist to join the Procurement Division in support of laboratory construction efforts. In this role, the incumbent will provide support to lab-wide procurement activities which include products, research, services, maintenance, and construction.


Core Duties: 

The Procurement Specialist III is responsible for cradle-to-grave administration of commercial and non-commercial “moderate” risk acquisitions.

  • Utilizes independent problem-solving techniques and skills, including managing procurement-requester meetings to minimize procurement risk and promote value of the procurement process
  • Supports acquisition pre-award support including: SOWs, Acquisition Strategy Support, Cost Estimates, Market Research, RFPs/RFQs, Source Selection, as well as other miscellaneous pre-award documentation
  • Purchasing Card (P-Card) program
  • Seeks quality goods/services at fair and reasonable prices to meet the Laboratory’s needs
  • Manages supplier relationships
  • Negotiates and awards purchase orders
  • Maintains excellent file documentation, standard format and record retention consistent with PPPL Procurement manual for all procurements
  • Engages in post-award administration

The Procurement Specialist participates in special projects as assigned by the Procurement Director and will assume the authority fully commensurate with assigned duties and responsibilities.


Education and Experience: 

  • Required Experience:
    • Minimum of 6 years’ experience as a Procurement Specialist (or equivalent) in a Federal purchasing/procurement environment
    • Must have demonstrated experience with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and other applicable government regulations;
    • Construction experience, facilities, aerospace, or Federal Government procurement functions
    • Bachelor’s Degree in related field of business is preferred, will consider years of experience in lieu of a four-year degree
  • Preferred Experience:
    • Experience with CM/GC contracts

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Must have strong, hands-on knowledge of federally funded procurements, FAR, DEAR, and Uniform Commercial Code. This is required.
  • Strong experience in all aspects of Federal file documentation to include:
    • market research
    • source selection
    • cost/price analysis,
  • negotiation in accordance with relevant procurement regulations and best practices.
  • Knowledge of computer-based procurement systems and demonstrated skill in using various procurement related software,
  • Must have strong proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Other strongly desired skills and traits include:

  • Excellent verbal and written communications
  • Strong results-orientation (ownership of work and getting things done)
  • Self-motivation 
  • Ability to make independent decisions and solve problems
  • Negotiation skills and ability to build rapport with various stakeholders and constituents
  • Outstanding privatization and multi-tasking skills.
  • Must have high ethical standards representative of Princeton University’s commitment to excellence are a must.

Physical Requirements: 

  • This position requires occasional reaching, stooping and lifting of office files, reports and records, typically weighing 5 pounds or less. Reasonable accommodations will be considered which would allow the employee to perform the essential functions of this job.

Working Conditions: 

  • Standard office, virtual environment

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.

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