Published in the January/February 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) is the component of the Department of Defense (DoD) that works directly with defense suppliers to help ensure that the DoD, other federal, and allied government supplies and services are delivered on time and at projected cost, and that they meet all performance requirements. DCMA professionals serve as information brokers and in-plant representatives for the buying agencies during the initial stages of the acquisition cycle and throughout the lifetimes of the resulting contracts.
Before contracts are awarded, DCMA provides advice and services to help construct effective solicitations, identify potential risks, select the most capable contractors, and write contracts that meet the needs of customers. After the awards, DCMA monitors contractors’ performance and management systems to ensure that cost, product performance, and delivery schedules comply with the contracts.
On September 30, 2011, DCMA had more than 10,000 civilian workers and over 550 active duty military. There were 46 contract management offices, more than 19,700 contractors, and 342,000 active contracts. Currently, more than 3,800 veterans work at DCMA. The DCMA has a lot of openings, but primarily the organization needs contract administrators, people experienced in quality assurance, and engineers.
DCMA’s Recruit A Hero program supports hiring 30 percent or more disabled veterans – as determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs or any branch of the armed forces – to work as part of the civilian workforce under a federal hiring authority called “30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans” (information on special hiring authorities for veterans: www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hm/shav/index.aspx).
With more than 120 locations nationwide, DCMA is committed to hiring disabled veterans with experience and dedication to help our fighting men and women in the field. Positions are especially plentiful in the areas of quality assurance, engineering, logistics, contracting, industrial operations, computer programming and information technology, management/programs analysis, and human resources.