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Finance and Acquisition

Officers in the Finance and Acquisition Career Field are responsible for enabling enterprise management by programming, budgeting, allocating, and managing approved resources; developing strategies at all levels of the Agency to include long-term strategic planning; and communicating Agency priorities, goals, and requirements to a myriad of internal and external audiences. Opportunities are offered through the following specialties:

  • Acquisition Program Management: Officers in this specialty manage defense acquisition programs, lead Department of Defense (DoD) professional, administrative, and management support services acquisitions as they relate to developing clearly stated and actionable requirements packages; and coordinate with contracting officers and the small business program office, ensuring that opportunities for socio-economic business concerns are appropriately considered.

  • Budget: Budget Officers apply budget-related laws, regulations, policies, precedents, methods, and techniques to perform duties in the formulation, justification, presentation, enactment, and execution phases of the budget process. They provide detailed accounting of the utilization of manpower resources and justify authorization requests for the President’s Budget. They also serve as the bridge between overseers and the internal planning and programming build process, balancing DIA’s total resource requirements against those available and those planned while outlining alternative means of resourcing requirements.

  • Contracting & Procurement Analysis: Officers in this specialty evaluate, negotiate, and award contracts with commercial organizations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and state, local or foreign governments. Their responsibilities include administering contracts by assuring compliance with the terms and conditions of the contracts; terminating contracts by analyzing, negotiating, and settling claims and proposals; and evaluating cost or price proposals and accounting systems data as part of the cost evaluation of proposals.

  • Finance & Accounting: Officers in this specialty maintain and evaluate established financial systems for determining the cost (accounting) of an entity's activities, financial reporting, cash management, and internal control purposes. Their responsibilities include managing internal financial policies; reconciling accounts and associated subsidiary records; reviewing the accuracy and consistency of financial data; and managing various funds such as appropriations and allotments including the financial aspects of a defense acquisition program/project throughout the total acquisition life cycle.

  • Purchasing: Purchasing Officers purchase, rent, or lease supplies, services, and equipment through simplified acquisition procedures or placement of orders against pre-established contractual instruments to support operational requirements. They require knowledge of commercial supply sources and common business practices with respect to sales, prices, discounts, deliveries, and stocks and shipments.

  • Requirements Manager/COR: Officers in this specialty serve as the central point of contact between the contractor, contracting officer, Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) management, and other authorized representatives associated with the contract and/or the project. They assure changes in work under a contract are not implemented before written authorization or contract modification is issued; provide clarification of technical requirements to the contractor; assist the contracting officer with close-out of contracts, orders, or agreements; and monitor contractor performance to ensure the requirements of the contract, order, or agreement is in accordance with the terms, conditions, and specifications.

  • Strategy, Engagement, & Evaluation: Officers in this specialty build strategic relationships with the Agency’s overseers, stakeholders, and customers. They develop tailored engagement plans and programs that will strengthen existing relationships and build new ones in support of agency strategic goals; communicate the full scope of DIA capabilities, priorities and strategies to partners, overseers, and the American public; and develop communications plans by analyzing Agency information needs to recommend strategies, programs, and information products needed to communicate.