Section Supervisor, Subcontracts


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Section Supervisor, Subcontracts.

Job Summary:

Supervise a section of six to eight professional staff performing all aspects of subcontract management in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations, and organizational policies, procedures and strategic objectives.


  • Assign and prioritize work assignments; review and approve subcontract documentation and other work products; provide expert advice at all stages of the subcontract life cycle, ensuring high-quality, efficient and cost-effective subcontractor support; play a hands-on role resolving complex subcontracting problems. (50% )
  • Identify the training and career development needs of staff; work with staff to develop and execute plans to meet these needs; provide regular feedback to staff; develop and administer performance appraisals. (20%)
  • Provide expert subcontracting advice to program staff supporting program objectives while ensuring compliance. Identify education and training needs of program staff; prepare and deliver high quality education and training. (20%)
  • Lead the development and implementation of improvements to subcontracting and APL business processes, tools, templates and forms aimed at increasing efficiency, productivity and flexibility. (10%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent years of professional work experience in lieu of a degree.
  • Ten or more years’ experience in Subcontracts Management, applying an in-depth knowledge of the FAR and government contracting.
  • Expert knowledge of all standard contract types (various cost-reimbursement types, time-and-material, various fixed-price types, indefinite-delivery).
  • Demonstrated ability to lead work units and/or major projects; recognize risk areas, identify tradeoffs and risk-mitigation options, and implement risk mitigation measures; satisfy demanding customers and solve complex problems while ensuring compliance; attend to multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong communication, decision-making, organization, and problem-solving skills. High level of proficiency with the MS Office software suite.

Desired Qualifications:

Masters Degree

Professional certification (CPCM, CPM, etc.)

Secret level clearance.


Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship.


APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws, and values diversity in its workforce.

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