Acquisition Management and Administration

Administers contract and other acquisition requirements, manages program and contractor relationships, and monitors contract performance for the effective delivery of goods and services.

Key Behaviors:

  • Assists managers in recommending pay rates and preparing documents such as task orders.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of scientific and technical contracting requirements.
  • Tracks expenditures and reviews documents (e.g., delivery orders, invoices, expense reports) in order to manage the financial aspects of contracting responsibilities.
  • Uses financial analysis to evaluate business (cost and price) proposals.
  • Understands and maintains awareness of the general purpose and benefit of budgeting, the various types of budgeting, basic budgeting terminology, and timing/milestones in the budget cycle.
  • Plans, directs, coordinates, and manages the various contracting functions, including administering, modifying, closing out and terminating contracts.
  • Actively collaborates with others (e.g., AOs, project officers, contracting officers, managers) to monitor and manage the contract, contractor performance, quality, and compliance with contract terms and conditions.
  • Takes appropriate actions and applies remedies to protect the rights of the Government.
  • Monitors expenditure of funds for various contracts.
  • Monitors performance and compliance of contractual terms and conditions.
  • Provides information, analytics, summary status, and recommendations pertaining to acquisitions.
  • Gathers information and performs analyses to make objective and well informed contracting and financial decisions.
  • Works closely with customer/partner to ensure contractual obligations are fulfilled in compliance with the terms of the contract and applicable laws and regulations.
  • Serves as a primary point of contact concerning all acquisition matters.

Developmental opportunities for this competency are available from the NIH Training Center.