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BAE Systems

Contracts Manager



Full Time

On Site


Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Job Description

How does it feel to represent a company that is committed to innovation? Proud. As part of the contracts team, you will work with experienced professionals to help best position BAE Systems as a front-runner with our customers. Whether it is an innovative proposal or a long-running core contract, you will be a key part of an innovative and unique problem-solving team.

We are currently looking for an experienced Contracts Manager to join our Naval Guns Group team and assume a lead role. This open Contracts Manager position will support contracting activities for the Mk 38 and Mk 110 Naval Gun System. This multi-million dollar program is essential to the United States Navy and several International Navies. You will work with other exceptional professionals across many functions and business areas. Here, we value our workforce, and that means providing our employees with competitive salary and benefit packages, flexible schedule, and plenty of resources for career growth. Enjoy being a part of a team that is supportive of you and passionate about defending our country.

As a Contracts Manager, you will:

  • Potential for management of personnel, their workloads and their development plans for future growth.
  • Consistently work on and provide guidance on complex assignments requiring independent action and a high degree of initiative to resolve issues as well as an understanding of and compliance with company policies and procedures.

  • Ability to interact with the team to gather, interpret, analyze, and develop recommended strategies and present information.

  • Develop and maintain an in-depth knowledge and working understanding of US Department of Defense Acquisition and Procurement environment, the BAE Systems Contracts function and relevant company policies and procedures, Defense contracting methods, export and other government regulations.

  • Independently lead and support proposal activities including, but not limited to: analyzing 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.

  • Research and make recommendations on proposal and contract language. Ensure that all necessary reviews, recommendations and terms, with minimal direction and guidance needed.

  • Lead contract negotiations and collaborate with customers in definitizing and completing the contract under general guidance.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Act as primary point of contact between the Company and the Customer for all contractual matters on assigned contracts. Develop and maintain professional and dependable relationships with external Customers.

  • Support Program Managers, Product Line Directors, and Business Area leads and provide contracts advice and counsel to Company management at all levels as required.

  • May participate as an assessor in the Phase Review Process.

  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook).

  • May work extended hours or weekends. Sporadic travel as necessary to support the business.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Open to candidates in Louisville, KY or Minneapolis, MN.

  • This is a Hybrid position that would require being on-site 2-3 days a week.

  • This position has a 9/80 schedule that you will have every other Friday off.

Required Education, Experience, & Skills
  • Bachelor Degree and 8+ years relevant experience required to include at least:

  • Cost Type / Cost-Plus Contract experience

  • Firm Fixed Price Contract experience

  • Prime Contract experience

  • Expert knowledge of FAR/DFARS regulations

  • Experience with complex production contracts and proposal preparation and execution

  • Experience briefing senior level management

  • ​​​​​​​US Citizen or Green Card holder with the ability to successfully obtain a Secret clearance.

Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills
  • 6 years Cost Type / Cost-Plus Contract experience

  • 6 years Firm Fixed Price Contract experience

  • At least 6 years of Prime Contract experience

  • Certification as CFCM or CPCM, highly desirable

  • Master’s Degree/MBA

  • Supervisory experience
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.