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Contracts Manager

Job Description


Are you someone that enjoys working in a highly collaborative, dynamic environment? Do you have strong communication, organizational and analytical skills? Are attention to detail, accuracy and effective partnering important to you?


If so, we 're looking for someone like you to join our Contracts Management team at APL.


We are seeking a Contracts Manager to support all facets of prime contract administration within the Business, Construction and Facilities Department (BCFD), Contracts & Asset Management Group. You will serve as the primary interface between APL program/financial managers and government Contracting Officers, lead pre- and post-award contract formation, and manage activities for a portfolio of complex government contracts.


As a Senior Contracts Manager, you will...
  • Engage with APL staff and prospective customers to advise on contracting strategies, and working with Contracting Officers to ensure timely awards and seamless contractual coverage.
  • Review solicitation documents and draft contract terms and conditions for risk and acceptability, providing inputs to, and review of, proposals, and formulating and executing negotiation strategies.
  • Negotiate/administer a wide range of contracts, task orders and contract/task order modifications, and maintain data in electronic files and business systems.


    We are looking for someone who is forward thinking and thinks strategically to offer process improvements related to business practices, systems and tools aimed at increasing efficiency, productivity, and flexibility.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Possess a Bachelor's degree in Business or related field.

  • Have 3 or more years of professional level experience as a Contracts Manager/Administrator in federal government "prime" contracting.

  • Have in-depth knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and FAR supplements.

  • Have strong negotiation skills and the ability to communicate effectively at all organizational levels.

  • Have proficient MS Word and Excel skills.

  • Are able to form close and effective partnerships.

  • Can multi-task, meet tight deadlines, and independently solve problems.

  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.

  • Are able to obtain a Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

    You go above and beyond our minimumqualifications for the job if you...

  • Have professional level experience as a Contracts Manager/Administrator in DoD "prime" contracting.
  • Possess an active Secret clearance or higher.


Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.


At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.



About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Accommodations@jhuapl.edu. Only by ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

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