Contracts Manager (Senior)

Job Description
BAE Systems, a top-ten prime contractor to the U.S. Department of Defense, enables the U.S. government to transform data into intelligence and provides engineering, integration and sustainment support for critical military platforms and systems. Intelligence & Security provides services and products to the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, federal law enforcement officials, and troops deployed around the world.

At BAE Systems, we promote a strong, collaborative culture and provide our employees with the tools, skills and training they need to succeed. We are all about trust, camaraderie and a shared ambition to lead the world in defense technologies and national security services. We offer flexible work environment to support the balance in your life and keep you performing at your best. Be a part of a company that is part of the community; driven to improve our future and protect our freedom.

We are looking for experienced Contracts Manager to join our technology-based program supporting a key Intelligence Community (IC) customer. This program will deliver engineering services for network infrastructure as well as sophisticated enterprise computing infrastructure including end-point devices, data center hosted servers, multi-Cloud services as well as virtualized applications, and storage systems. Enterprise Computing Engineering services include modern application technology including containerized solutions with orchestrated workflow that function both on customer premise, and via remote Cloud services. Network infrastructure engineering services are comprised of core infrastructure, voice and video engineering, field engineering, application management and development for networks, network analytics, firewalls, network access controls and bandwidth service delivery. This is a fast paced, challenging, and career rewarding experience to recruit and develop provide top talent and solutions on one of the most complex and high profile programs within the IC.

Required Education, Experience, & Skills
The Contracts Manager must have experience managing a major complex program, provide contracts leadership to the program team, and effectively interact with both internal and external customers. This role will require significant customer interaction to ensure timely contract award and fulfillment of contract requirements in accordance with company policies, legal requirements, and customer specifications. This includes managing relationships with customer counterparts and interfacing with senior internal leadership on critical subjects. This role will have significant influence on the program and product line strategy by providing expert guidance on contracting matters and general business issues. Candidate must be able to readily adapt and thrive in a challenging, fast-paced environment. Activities include:
  • Lead the proposal, negotiation, and management of complex proposal and contract activities in accordance with company policies, legal and customer requirements, with limited guidance or supervision from the manager.
  • Interpret and communicate business commitments and alternatives to program team and management.
  • Act as a subject matter expert with an extensive knowledge of government and commercial contracting methods, applicable laws and regulations.
  • Mentor junior contracts professionals and may supervise or guide work of lower grade contracting employees.
  • Develop and maintain professional and dependable relationships with both internal and external customers.
  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge and working understanding of the US Government Acquisition and Procurement environment, the BAE Systems Contracts function, and relevant company policies and procedures, commercial contracting methods, FAR/DFARS, export and other government regulations.
  • Independently lead and support proposal activities including, but not limited to, analysis of solicitations, preparing summaries and developing strategies and recommendations based on the analysis.
  • Be mindful and attentive to the financial and business risks of the proposed effort and participate in all proposal team meetings.
  • Prepare the terms, conditions and assumptions upon which the proposal may be submitted, review the technical and pricing proposals for accuracy and consistency, conduct overall business risk analysis and prepare the proposal documents for submittal to the customer.
  • Provide analysis of solicitations, ensure 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). Possibly participate as an assessor in the Phase Review Process.
  • Hold responsibilities including the coordination with other company functions as required to ensure appropriate reviews are conducted, scheduling required reviews, and obtaining required review and approval signatures prior to submittal of proposals or execution of contractual documents.
  • Establish and manage 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.
  • Execute proposals and contracts in accordance with delegated authority.
  • Provide input for budgets.
  • Undertake special assignments as required.
  • Perform all aspects of assigned contract or purchase order 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.

Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills
  • Bachelor's or Master's degrees are preferred with a minimum 6 years' relative work experience
  • Experience working with the Intelligence Community (IC)
  • Experience managing and leading a major proposal efforts.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment in the performance of duties.
  • Mastery and expertise of government acquisition processes and regulations including FAR/DFARS.
  • Ability to work successfully and productively in a team environment or independently with minimum supervision to achieve targets and timely results.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to be proactive and self-motivated.
  • Effective critical thinking and problem solving skills.

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.