May 26, 2020

Contract Manager - Experienced Level

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA

Job Description

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information. The National Security Agency employs Contract Managers who play a critical role in managing the contracts needed to support the internal infrastructure of a federal agency comparable in size and budget to Fortune 100 companies. Description of Position: The National Security Agency is looking for highly motivated experienced individuals to serve as the Contract Manager/Primary Contracting Officer Representative (P-COR) and perform contract management on strategically important, high-value contracts. This position will afford the selected individual an opportunity to closely partner with Mission, Contracting, Finance, and Industry to strengthen and improve technical performance and contract outcomes, achieve cost efficiencies, and strengthen contracts management to maximize NSA's return on investment through disciplined business management principles. NOTE: While the work role for this position is Contracting Specialist, the candidate will not need to perform contracting duties such as preparing RFPs, negotiating with vendors, or awarding contracts and will not be receiving a Contracting Officer warrant. As a Contract Manager at the NSA, responsibilities include but are not limited to: Work with Mission to ensure clear and unambiguous contract tasks are established; validate those tasks are within the contract scope and have established outcomes. - Coordinating with Mission and Finance to ensure overall financial health of contracts. - Coordinating with Contracting to ensure contract modifications are approved in a timely manner to support mission and finance objectives - Meeting with Contractor and Mission frequently to discuss / monitor cost, schedule, and performance of the contract. - Identifying opportunities for acquisition execution process improvement - Conducting Contract Reviews and satisfy reporting requirements - Seeking innovation and contract efficiencies such as optimizing contract rate structures and aligning work under the contract to minimize overhead - Leading Source Selection for Competitive Acquisition - Training in federal acquisition to become certified in Contracting under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) within 24 months.

The National Security Agency employs a wide variety of business professionals who play a critical role through budgetary and contract activities that support our nation's security every day. We rely on the skills of our acquisition, finance, and accounting professionals to support the internal infrastructure of a federal agency comparable in size and budget to Fortune 100 companies. You formulate and execute budget resources, develop and allocate manpower resources and even provide guidance on implementing policy on cost, finance, and accounting. Start a career where you become a steward of taxpayer dollars, seeking the greatest return that money can provide: a superior intelligence service for the safety and security of our nation.

Salary Range: $72,030 - $112,240 (Full Performance) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 7 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position. Degree must include at least 24 semester hours of business-related courses (i.e., accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and/or organizational management). Relevant experience must be in business management (e.g., acquisition, procurement, finance, accounting, and logistics). Federal contracting experience and DAWIA Contracting II certification is preferred. Salary Range: $102,663 - $157,709 (Senior) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 4 years of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 10 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position. Degree must include at least 24 semester hours of business-related courses (i.e., accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and/or organizational management). Relevant experience must be in business management (e.g., acquisition, procurement, finance, accounting, and logistics). Federal contracting experience and DAWIA Contracting II certification is preferred.

The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and who possesses strong communication (both oral and written), problem-solving, analytic and interpersonal skills, as well as experience using the Microsoft office suite. Selected individuals must be willing to work in a high-paced, rapidly changing environment. Knowledge and experience applying Federal and DoD Acquisition concepts, regulations, and statutes (e.g., FAR, DFAR, MPOAS, NSA acquisition directives, policies, and procedures) is required. Experience in the following areas are strongly preferred: - Contracting Officer's Representative - Contract management - Program management

On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible).