Contracts Administrator Principal

Job Description
Join a dynamic Contracts team that supports the delivery of mission critical capabilities across a diverse portfolio of government, commercial and international customers. The Contracts organization is the trusted business partner managing customer relationships, negotiating deals, creating innovative solutions, and providing regulatory knowledge to our customers. We are committed to employee growth and development, allowing employees to build a long term career at BAE Systems. In addition to challenging day to day assignments, employees are encouraged to pursue special projects, participate in formal and informal mentoring programs and networking events, and rotate into different roles with increasing levels of responsibility. Contracts employees are provided opportunities for promotion as well as opportunities to work in other business units within the U.S. and overseas. BAE Systems also provides employees with opportunities to engage with and positively impact the internal and external community in which we work.

With our historic growth and position as the world's third largest Aerospace, Defense and Security Company, we look to recruit and retain the best and brightest. Taking care of the Contracts team by offering daily flextime, every other Friday off, work from home options and competitive salary/benefits keeps our team engaged and motivated

We view culture as one of our most critical competitive advantages. Contracts employees come to work every day because of our strong culture and passion for our significant role in the success of the business. Our Cultural Principles are:

  • Engage everyone with respect and good will
  • Stay calm, independent of circumstances
  • Be humble and work collaboratively
  • Feel empowered to do the right thing
  • Listen , be curious, and allow differences to influence our decisions
This position will 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 Contracts Manager. Interpret and communicate business commitments and alternatives to program team and management. Position requires an extensive knowledge of government and commercial contracting methods, applicable laws and regulations. May supervise or guide work of lower grade contracting employees. Develop and maintain professional and dependable relationships with both internal and external customers.

CAS is a $1B annual sales Business Area consisting of business segments with specialized/critical electronics for Aircraft Engine Systems, Commercial Air Transport, Military Aircraft, and Regional & Business Aircraft programs.

  • 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, with attention to the financial and business risk of the proposed effort, participating in all proposal team meetings, preparing the terms, conditions and assumptions upon which the proposal may be submitted, reviewing the technical and pricing proposals for accuracy and consistency, conducting overall business risk analysis and preparing the proposal documents for submittal to the Customer. Responsibilities also include coordinating 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.
  • Research and make recommendations on proposal and contract language. Ensure that all necessary functions review recommendations and terms, with minimal direction and guidance needed from the Contracts Manager. Lead contract negotiations and collaborate with customers in definitizing and completing the contract under general guidance from the Contracts Manager.
  • Advise management of contractual rights and obligations, risk mitigation alternatives and business strategy.
  • 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.
  • Lead or support fact-finding and other audit activities.
  • Participate in final stages of assigned contract by (1) verifying completion of all commitments, and (2) performing assigned activities associated with contract closeout.
  • Maintain logs of proposals and other data as required and assist in data collection for monthly/quarterly reporting to Management
  • Compile and maintain all required contractual records and documents in accordance with contract requirements and Company policies and procedures.
  • Primary point of contact between the Company and the Customer for all contractual matters on assigned contracts and projects including auxiliary agreements such as Proprietary Information Agreements and other business agreements.
  • Participate in the drafting and negotiation of various agreements, and coordinate any legal reviews as appropriate on behalf of the business supported.
  • Support Program managers, Product Line Directors, and Business Area leads and provide contracts advice and counsel to LOB and Company management at all levels as required
  • Develop specialized contracting knowledge in areas such as International Business, Offset and Teaming Agreements.
  • Regularly contribute to the development and implementation of new business methods, processes and contracting concepts in order to achieve business unit and Contracts Department goals and objectives. May participate as an assessor in the Phase Review Process.
  • May be required by supervisory personnel to prepare contract summaries to assure proper interpretation of the contracts(s), perform cost or price analysis and resolution of complex business issues on a special assignment basis.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Please note that pursuant to a government contract, this specific position requires US citizenship status

    Typical Education & Experience
    Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 8 years work experience or equivalent experience

    Required Skills and Education
    1. Exercise discretion and independent judgment in the performance of duties set forth above.
    2. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
    3. Exhibit sound interpersonal skills involving interfacing, coordinating and negotiating with company personnel, customers and suppliers;
    4. Utilize computer skills to prepare appropriate reports and documents;
    5. Make decisions using sound judgment while complying with policies, procedures, appropriate principles and applicable state and federal laws and regulations;
    6 Develop/demonstrate research and presentation skills.

    Preferred Skills and Education
    • Ability to obtain a Secret level clearance, as needed
    • MBA, JD or other advanced degree
    • NCMA Certifications/involvement in local chapter
    About BAE Systems Electronic Systems
    BAE Systems Electronic Systems is the global innovator behind game-changing defense and commercial electronics. Exploiting every electron, we push the limits of what is possible, giving our customers the edge and our employees opportunities to change the world. Our products and capabilities can be found everywhere - from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of space. At our core are more than 14,000 highly talented Electronic Systems employees with the brightest minds in the industry, we make an impact - for our customers and the communities we serve.

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