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Contract Specialist (Part-Time)

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Location
Bethesda, MD
Hourly
$35.00 - $45.00
Job Type
Contract
Date
Oct 03, 2017
Job ID
2527463
Position:  Contract Specialist

Company:   Consulting firm that specializes in working with both government and commercial clients to maximize resources and minimize costs

Location:  Bethesda, MD. 

Hours / Schedule:  on -going approximately 8 hours weekly, preferably one day per week or can be divided to two days 4 hours each day , must be onsite. 

Pay Rate: $35-45/hr, based on experience.

Job Description:    The Contract Specialist is responsible for providing support in all facets of contracting (to include government contracting) and subcontracting administration and contracts related acquisition in support of the company.  The position will perform or manage cradle-to-grave contract activities, such as conducting market research, preparing solicitation documentation (pre and post award), reviewing and preparing proposals for compliance, performing cost/price evaluations, negotiating and assisting with negotiating positions, reviewing and processing invoices, and assisting with contract closeout. This position may work independently or as part of a team and may supervise the work of others.

Responsibilities include:


1.    Review complex solicitations and prepare and respond to specialized Responses for Proposals, Request for Quotation, GSA Schedules, bids and contract modifications under competitive and sole source solicitations 
2.    May solicit bids to procure a variety of required goods and services 
3.    Review, draft and administer various types of contract documents (i.e. purchase orders, purchase agreements, service contracts, RFQs, RFPs, NDA, GSA Schedules, etc.) for compliance with corporate and procurement policies and procedures
4.    Draft contract documents (responses to cure or show cause notices, contract modifications and administrative documents, Confidentiality Agreements, Representations & Certifications, etc.). Present factual information; compose memoranda, minutes and reports; and draft contract provisions and supporting documents. 
5.    Analyzes business practices and market conditions to evaluate bid responsiveness, contractor responsibility and contractor performance. 
6.    Solicits sources of supply and analyzes prices, discount rates, delivery dates, transportation charges, previous performance, commitments and indications of financial responsibility and recommends the most advantageous offer. 
7.    Possess working knowledge of the legal, financial, regulatory and business risk in sales order, contract and subcontract terms and conditions and communicate possible exposure effectively and efficiently to company decision makers as necessary
8.    Understand and apply current contracting principles, FAR, DFAR and contracting/procurement related guidance, policies and procedures.  Performs commonly used contracting methods and contract types related to pre-award, post-award and/or price/cost analysis functions to perform well-defined and precedent contract actions. 
9.    Perform basic analyses and contract performance requirements, including unique or unusual special provisions and terms and conditions, for various contract vehicles such as IDIQ, T&M, FFP, or similar contracts 
10.    Analyzes price proposals, financial reports and other data to determine reasonableness of prices, and to identify and mitigate risk
11.    Evaluate and monitor contract performance to determine necessity for amendments or extension of contracts and compliance to contractual obligations
12.    Working in conjunction with management and line managers, develop negotiation strategy for complex contractual issues. 
13.    Negotiate and establish terms, conditions and pricing, and Teaming Agreements and Non-disclosure Agreements with prospective partners and ensures they are accurately executed and satisfied
14.    Sign contracts and agreements in accordance with delegated authority.  Approved direct purchases in accordance with delegated authority.
15.    Review financial status of and required deliverables for contracts on a monthly or as needed basis; coordinates necessary follow-up with appropriate project management and or management staff.
16.    May participate in discussions to define overall acquisition strategy and proposal cost strategy and coordinate special rate calculations and other significant financial impacts
17.    May participate in development of business alliances and joint ventures
18.    Maintain centralized contract files and a centralized database of reviewed and negotiated agreements, bids and proposals, and files supporting contract performance and compliance
19.    Communicate successfully with contracting professionals, such as Contracting Officers and Contracting Officer Representatives, and DCAA officials
20.    Assist with contract termination procedures. 
21.    Additional duties and responsibilities as assigned




Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in finance, business administration or related field plus 3 to 5 years of government contracting experience within a company providing services to the Department of Defense (DOD), preferably services to the Military Healthcare System. Education requirements may be adjusted for more years of applicable work experience.  Advance degree in finance or business administration desirable. Certification as Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) a plus. 
Must be clearable. 

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

•    Demonstrated thorough knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisitions Relations (DFAR); and other government contract management policies and principles. 
•    Demonstrated thorough of guidelines, policies and procedures of Defense Contracting Auditing Agency (DCAA)
•    Ability to review, prepare, administer and manage all types of contract vehicles (IDIQ, T&M, CPFF, GSA Schedules, etc.)
•    Demonstrated experience with preparation, administration and management of contracts from the prospective of prime and subcontractor
•    Demonstrated understanding of business case and profit and loss implications
•    Strong financial and analytical skills
•    Ability to negotiate contracts
•    High proficiency with Microsoft Office applications 
•    Strong organizational skills and detail oriented
•    Strong presentation and writing skills
•    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
•    Adaptable and able to handle multiple tasks concurrently
•    Strong problem solving and analytical skills
•    Ability to manage time and excel in a deadline-oriented environment
•    Successful track record of providing quality customer service
•    Good peer relationships and ability to work on a team or in an team environment
•    Proficiency with Deltek (Premier, CostPoint and Cobra) preferred