Contracts Manager II

Job Description
BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair is seeking a seasoned, high-potential Contracts Manager II to join an exciting, fast-paced, and dynamic work environment in its Platforms and Services business unit. This is a supervisory position that will play an integral role in the successful execution of complex, high profile defense programs. The ideal candidate is motivated by results and seeks opportunities for growth and advancement by embracing challenges and successfully pursuing stretch goals.
The Contracts Manager II must have the ability to lead other contract professional(s), provide contracts leadership to the program team, and effectively interact with both internal and external customers. Duties include participation as a contracts lead and subject matter expert in front-end assessment of business pursuits, proposal preparation, contract negotiation, contract management, claims, and audits. 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.

  • Serve as the day-to-day contracts lead and subject matter expert for all phases of the contracting process from RFP evaluation, proposal development, negotiations, contract management, and contract closeout.
  • Lead, manage, coach, mentor, and develop other contract professionals as assigned.
  • Provide Management control and oversight of the Contract Administration function at BAE System Norfolk Ship Repair and contract guidance to the respective and individual Program Management teams.
  • Lead and administer all post-proposal activities such as audits, fact-finding, contract negotiation, and award review. Maintains records of all information exchanged and results of each action. Works with customer representatives and program manager to track and expedite contract award.
  • Administer all aspects of assigned contracts to ensure compliance with contract requirements including but not limited to financial limits, delivery or performance schedule, reports, and other terms and conditions. Advise program team of contractual rights, risks, and obligations.
  • Lead and promote effective implementation and execution of proactive contract change management.
  • Coordinate briefings and internal reviews in accordance with applicable policies and procedures to ensure that all required approvals have been obtained prior to submittal of proposals and execution of contract documents.
  • Establish and maintain excellent internal and external customer relations and act as liaison with customer contracting officials for all proposal or contract matters, communicating status of open contract matters frequently with program managers, technical staff, and contracts leadership.
  • Process all contract documents consistent with established processes and procedures.
  • Ensure that contract data, contract files, and historical records are current, accurate, and complete in the company's established business systems and repositories.
  • Assist in development of improved procedures and best practices for the Contract Administration Teams.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education, Experience, & Skills
  • Bachelor's degree and minimum 10 years related work experience
  • Experience managing and leading other contract professionals.
  • 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.

Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills
  • Knowledge of the marine industry and requirements of ship-work on US Navy, MSC, MARAD and agent managed vessels is preferred but not required.
  • Master's degree in business or other relevant field.
  • CFCM or CPCM certification from NCMA.
  • Demonstrated expertise and mastery of FAR/DFARS.
  • Security Clearance.

About BAE Systems Platforms & Services
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.

The Platforms & Services (P&S) sector under BAE Systems, Inc does the big stuff: the armored combat vehicles, naval guns, missile launchers, and naval ship repair...just to name a few. Our employees take pride in the work they do and why they do it. They are on the front lines every day, building our products to protect the lives of those who serve. We may be biased, but we think P&S does some of the coolest work around, and we think you will too.

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.