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BAE Systems

Contracts Manager



Full Time

On Site


Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States

Job Description

The open Contracts Manager position supports contracting activities for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV), the latest Army Ground Vehicle acquisition. This multi-billion dollar program is essential to the future of the Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) and will fulfill the Army’s strategy of protection, mobility, reliability and interoperability. The AMPV will be integrated with the ABCT and will operate alongside the M1 Abrams tank and M2 Bradley.

The program is currently in Low-Rate Initial Production of the five AMPV variants. The variants include a general purpose vehicle, mission command, mortar carrier, medical evacuation, and medical treatment versions.
The successful candidate will be responsible for leading, negotiating, and implementing the AMPV Full Rate Production proposal and contract initialization/execution.

As a Contract Manager you will:

  • Establish, lead, and grow a team of contracts professionals and implement strategies to advance critical business objectives.

  • Provide guidance to develop overarching negotiation strategies and objectives, and takes action necessary to resolve any impasses between BAE Systems and its customers.

  • Develop solutions to complex contracting and business issues, which require the regular use of ingenuity and innovation. Ensure solutions are consistent with organization strategic and operational objectives.

  • Provide expertise, guidance, training, and leadership to support cross-functional business team members. Lead discussions and/or briefings with various leadership and other key personnel, participate in complex negotiations, and develop contract management strategies to mitigate risk. Ensure efficient and effective flow of information among Contracting team, leadership team, cross-functional teams, and/or customer(s) as needed.

  • Provide direction to team members to address and influence major contractual and business issues encountered in the proposal and execution of contracts of all types and complexity.

  • Train, motivate and assist cross functional team members to practice effective scope control strategies to enable early identification of constructive changes that may provide BAE Systems opportunities for equitable adjustments.

  • Interface with key government contracting and procurement officials as required and/or needed.

  • Oversee the recruitment, retention, training and development of a highly skilled contracts workforce made up of knowledgeable business professionals and support staff. Proactively manage future career growth opportunities and succession planning, and maintain a highly talented and motivated contracts workforce.

  • Undertake special assignments as required and perform others duties as assigned.

  • Maintain a safe work environment and ensure compliance with safety objectives and policies.
  • This position is a Hybrid schedule, and you will be expected to be in the office 2-3 times a week dependent on business needs.
  • ​​​​​​​This position has a 9/80 schedule where you will be off every other Friday.

Required Education, Experience, & Skills
  • Bachelor Degree and 8-10 years relevant experience required

  • Major defense article acquisition and production contracting experience

  • Proven business negotiator while exercising sound business judgement with experience engaging at high organizational levels or with persons of influence both internally and externally.

  • Highly developed critical thinking and communication skills with ability to influence and shape favorable business outcomes.

  • Excellent communication, presentation, team-building and leadership skills, with the ability to perform in a complex cross-functional business environment.

  • Excellent writing skills is a must, with the ability to write clear and concise reports, business correspondence, and policies/procedures.

  • Ability to effect and manage change (both organizational and contractual).

  • Fixed Price Incentive Contract experience

  • Expert knowledge of FAR/DFAR regulations

  • Experience with complex contracts and proposal preparation and execution

  • Experience mentoring and training junior staff members

  • Ability to interact professionally and effectively at all levels of the organization

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, solicitations/RFPs, or governmental regulations.

  • At least 2 years in a leadership role managing and developing contracting professionals.

  • Strong business acumen and experienced in risk management.

Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills
  • 2 years in a Lead or Supervisory capacity

  • 4 years Fixed Price Incentive Contract experience

  • Experience in vehicle manufacturing

  • Certification as CFCM or CPCM (NCMA) or CCM (IACCM) desirable

  • Master’s Degree/MBA/JD a plus

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.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
At BAE Systems, we work hard every day to nurture an inclusive culture where employees are valued and feel like they belong. We are conscious of the need for all employees to see themselves reflected at every level of the company and know that in order to unlock the full potential of our workforce, everyone must feel confident being their best, most sincere self and be equipped to thrive. We provide impactful professional development experiences to our employees and invest in social impact partnerships to uplift communities and drive purposeful change. Here you will find significant opportunities to do meaningful work in an environment intentionally designed to be one where you will learn, grow and belong.