Contract Manager

in Huntsville, AL

Contract Manager Job

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    Huntsville, AL 35806, US

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    Project & Program Management

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Job Description

BAE Systems is seeking a relationship building guru with dynamic interpersonal skills and SME level Contract Management skills. Position reports to Contracts Director and works closely with Strategic Contract Director.

  • Senior level individual contributor leading various complex contracting assignments and may specialize in one or more specific areas of contracting.

  • Lead proposal teams. Provide analysis of solicitations, assure that bid/proposals are prepared and presented in a manner so as to afford the Company the greatest opportunity to obtain the contract award while minimizing associated liabilities and risk, support independent proposal reviews (Red Teams, Phase Reviews). May participate as an assessor in the Phase Review Process.

  • Develop solutions to complex contracting issues, which require the regular use of ingenuity and innovation. Ensure solutions are consistent with organizational objectives.

  • As the business grows this position will transition from an individual contributor role to a managerial role Directing and leading a team of Contracts personnel within a Business Unit. The position may require leading complex contracting assignments or specializing in one or more areas of contracting. Develop and maintain professional and dependable relationships with both internal and external customers.

  • Lead and influence at the appropriate application of current Commercial/Contracts functional directives, procedures, and other relevant company policy and processes.

  • Champion the Life Cycle Management (LCM) process and has total functional responsibility under the appropriate delegated authority for themselves and their team.

  • Provide guidance to the function and the business on complex internal governance issues.


  • Supports proposal team: Assigned proposal activities including, but not limited to, analyzing solicitations and preparing summaries based on the analysis, with attention to the financial and business risk of the proposed effort; participating in all proposal team meetings; preparing terms, conditions and assumptions for the proposal; reviewing technical and pricing proposals for accuracy and consistency; and preparing proposal documents for internal bid approval review and submittal to the Customer.

  • Research contract language and provide guidance on complex terms and conditions to lower level Contract Administrators or Contracts Director.

  • Review cost and price proposals as assigned to ensure they are prepared and submitted in strict accordance with applicable laws, regulations, contractual provisions and Company policy.

  • Coordinate with other Company functions as required ensuring that (1) appropriate reviews are scheduled and conducted, and (2) required review and approval signatures are obtained before submittal of proposals or execution of contractual documents.

  • Assist team in the negotiations and other activities such as fact-finding and audits, required to obtain contracts or orders, and auxiliary agreements (e.g. Proprietary Information Agreements and Teaming Agreements). Negotiate routine contracts and changes commensurate with experience and demonstrated competence under the specific guidance of the higher level Contract Administrator or Contracts Manager.

  • Act as the primary point of contact between the Company and the Customer for all contractual matters on assigned contracts. Draft, prepare, and execute certain internal and external correspondence on contractual/program matters, under review by upper level Contract Administrators or Contract Managers, commensurate with experience and demonstrated competence.

  • Administer all aspects of assigned contract processing including, but not limited to, accuracy of order entry data, contract funding, scope changes, contract amendments, receipts and delivery schedules, legal requirements and other commitments.

  • Compile and maintain all required contractual records and documents in accordance with contract requirements and Company policies and procedures. Serve as the official repository for all contractual documentation and correspondence relative to assigned contracts.

  • Participate in final stages of assigned contract by (1) verifying completion of all commitments, and (2) performing assigned activities associated with Contract Closeout.

  • As the business grows this position will transition to a managers role that will guide, directs and evaluates the activities of contract personnel involved in bid/proposal efforts, and the negotiation and management of contracts to assure compliance with company policies and procedures.

  • Selects, trains, develops and reviews performance of subordinates. May serve as lead instructor of a training program.

  • Maintains an in-depth knowledge and working understanding of the U.S. Government Acquisition and Procurement environment, BAE Systems and functional Contracts Department policies and procedures, commercial contracting methods, export FAR/DFAR and other government regulations.

  • Provides analysis of solicitations, assure that bid/proposals are prepared and presented in a manner so as to afford the Company the greatest opportunity to obtain the contract award while minimizing associated liabilities and risk, support independent proposal reviews (Red Teams, Phase Reviews). May participate as an assessor in the Phase Review Process.

  • Establishes and manages negotiation strategies and financial requirements, perform business risk assessment and recommend mitigation plans, conduct negotiation of contracts requiring a high degree of negotiation expertise, execute proposals and contracts to the threshold delegated.

  • Prepares contract summaries, and provide management with complete, current and accurate data by reporting progress on contract activity, together with recommendations for management action/decision.

  • Fosters and maintains sound and reliable relationships with counterparts in customer organizations.

  • Demonstrates specialized knowledge in an area of contracting such as, but not limited to international contracting, certain contracts types, commercial contracting, joint ventures, strategic alliances and intellectual property.

  • Contributes to the development of new concepts, techniques, and standards, provide market intelligence and development of market strategies for the business organization and the Contracts function, provide input for the overall objectives and goals for the organization for the business organization and the Contracts function.

  • Leads, develops, maintains and is accountable for direct and indirect reports.

  • Works with Program personnel and other Company functions as required on tasks that routinely affect quality, timeliness of results, planning and revenues or budget. Frequently sets policies and procedures. Interfaces regularly providing advice and counsel on contractual and business matters to senior management at the assigned Business Area, Sector or Company level. Develop and maintain professional and dependable relationships with internal customers.

  • Frequently has outside contact with Customers at higher levels or with persons of influence. Must be a skilled communicator who influences and shapes the image of a complex Business arrangement. Develop and maintain professional and dependable relationships with external customers.

  • Telework 1-2 days/week and alternate 9/80 work schedule may be available

Required Education, Experience, & Skills

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Deep understanding of the US Government Acquisition and Procurement process, the BAE Systems Contracts function, relevant Company policies, procedures, FAR/DFAR, commercial contracting methods, and other government regulations.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Exhibit sound interpersonal skills involving interfacing, coordinating and negotiating with company personnel, customers and suppliers;
  • Make decisions using sound judgment while complying with policies, procedures, appropriate principles and applicable state and federal laws and regulations;
  • Demonstrate research and presentation skills.
  • In-depth knowledge of federal procurement regulations, export compliance, with an emphasis of Department of Defense.
  • Broad knowledge of economics, accounting, finance, procurement, cost/schedule control systems, business law, and the ITAR.
  • Proven ability to negotiate and persuade, to communicate orally and in writing at all levels.
  • Ability to plan and organize work, and to develop and lead professional and support personnel.

Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills

  • Those with NCMA, DAWIA certifications will be given preference
  • Advanced academic degrees, Masters, JD, MBA are preferred

About BAE Systems Intelligence & Security BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international defense, aerospace and security company which delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. Improving the future and protecting lives is an ambitious mission, but it’s what we do at BAE Systems. Working here means using your passion and ingenuity where it counts – defending national security with breakthrough technology, superior products, and intelligence solutions. As you develop the latest technology and defend national security, you will continually hone your skills on a team—making a big impact on a global scale. At BAE Systems, you’ll find a rewarding career that truly makes a difference.

Intelligence & Security (I&S), based in McLean, Virginia, designs and delivers advanced defense, intelligence, and security solutions that support the important missions of our customers. Our pride and dedication shows in everything we do—from intelligence analysis, cyber operations and IT expertise to systems development, systems integration, and operations and maintenance services. Knowing that our work enables the U.S. military and government to recognize, manage and defeat threats inspires us to push ourselves and our technologies to new levels.

At BAE Systems, we celebrate the array of skills, experiences, and perspectives our employees bring to the table. For us, differences are a source of strength. We’re laser-focused on high performance, and we work hard every day to nurture an inclusive culture where all employees can innovate and thrive. Here, you will not only build your career, but you will also enjoy work-life balance, uncover new experiences, and collaborate with passionate colleagues.

Additional Information

Who We Are

You're used to protecting what matters most.

Throughout your career in the military, you've been dedicated to improving security, defending freedom and making the world a safer place. Now you can continue that commitment through cyber operations, intelligence analysis, and building combat vehicles and electronic systems. We’re proud to provide solutions and services that advance the strength and security of America and our allies – and we’re honored to offer an environment where veterans and reservists can continue doing mission-centered work. In all that we do, we are guided by our company values – trusted, innovative and bold – understanding that it’s not just what we do, but how we do it that underpins our success.
+ The Organization

Our team has the privilege and the responsibility of knowing that the work we do really matters. Our work is vital to the armed forces personnel and major corporations who rely on us to protect, equip and support them where it counts; to the security and prosperity of the nations we serve; to our skilled and talented people; to the local communities where we are based; and to the wider community who invest in, supply and engage with us. At BAE Systems, everyone can make a difference.

+ The Culture

We believe that a diverse workforce inspires creativity and drives innovation. We respect and value the huge variety of skills, abilities and perspectives that our people bring to our business. We celebrate our differences and aim to recruit and develop talent from all backgrounds, championing the strength that a truly inclusive and collaborative workplace gives to our company culture and performance.

+ The Work

Enjoy a flexible environment that values your work-life balance and helps you perform at your best.

+ The Opportunity

On the job training, leadership programs, collaboration with leading experts – excellence is built into your career development whether you are just starting out as an apprentice or are an experienced professional.

+ The People

We’re united by trust, camaraderie and a shared ambition to lead the world in our field. It helps that we’re nice people too.

+ The Reward

See your contribution, making real change as breakthrough technology and intelligence solutions reshape the landscape for our customers.

What We Offer

+ Warrior Integration Program (Est. 2008)

This program was created to assist in the employment, transition, education, and development of wounded warriors. Through mentoring, partnership, education, and leadership, we vow to serve our veterans in the same manner they served our country. WIP provides mission-centered work that gives wounded warriors the opportunity to contribute, providing a path for career progression.

+ Camo to Corporate (Est. 2013)

Camo to Corporate underpins all of our military recruiting and veteran efforts. We participate in annual career workshops and partner with VA employment reps to identify opportunities for vets at BAE Systems. We’re also proud members of Joining Forces, the Veteran Jobs Mission and Hiring our Heroes - initiatives focused on helping vets and their spouses find meaningful careers.

Perks & Benefits

  • Veterans Support Network
    Veterans Support Network +-

    The mission of the Veterans Support Network is to help connect former service members, active duty members, reservists and those who are supportive of the Armed Services.

  • Health & Wellness
    Health & Wellness +-

    We offer medical plans that take great care of you and your family’s health and well-being. These include medical plans, prescription drugs, dental and vision, along with incentive programs and health saving and spending accounts.

  • Time Away From Work
    Time Away From Work +-

    Paid Time Off (PTO) provides you with paid time away from work that you can use for vacation, personal time, personal illness, or to care for dependents. You can accumulate up to a maximum of 400 PTO hours.

  • Military Leave
    Military Leave +-

    Full-time and part-time employees who serve in the military reserves are eligible to take paid and unpaid leaves of absence to perform military duty.

  • Employee Assistance Program
    Employee Assistance Program +-

    The EAP offers confidential support to manage personal issues, such as stress, family issues, and substance abuse.

  • Employee Discount Programs
    Employee Discount Programs +-

    BAE Systems partners with Beneplace to offer exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services.

  • Tuition Reimbursement
    Tuition Reimbursement +-

    Lifelong employee learning is critical to both your personal growth and that of BAE Systems as a trusted, innovative, and bold organization. That’s why we offer a tuition reimbursement program, so you can pursue advanced education to help further your career.

  • Adoption Assistance
    Adoption Assistance +-

    You can be reimbursed up to $4,000 for qualified adoption expenses through the Adoption Assistance program.

  • Financial Wellness
    Financial Wellness +-

    Plan for today, save for tomorrow. Our programs support your goals at every stage of life. These programs include 401(k) savings plans, life and accident insurance, disability coverage, home, auto, and pet insurance and legal planning.

Our Partners

G.I Jobs Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Job Mission Joining Forces Soldier for Life American Association of People with Disabilities

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