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Contracts Manager


Beavercreek, OH, US, 45431

Job ID: 103741


The Leonardo DRS Airborne and Intelligence Systems business is a global leader and strategic partner committed to delivering world-class, full life-cycle defense and intelligence products that protect the security of our nation and our allies.  From air combat training to state-of-the-art electronic warfare systems, our technology is deployed by virtually all U.S. military and government agencies around the world.


The Leonardo DRS Tactical Systems team develops secure communications and intelligence, information, cyber, electronic warfare and space (I2CEWS) technologies for airborne, shipboard, ground, man-portable, and space applications.  We are the world leader in Intelligence Broadcast System (IBS) based software defined radios and terminals for over 20 years and Link-11 data terminal sets and Link-22 signal processing controllers for over 40 years.  We produce the highest performance electronic warfare systems on the market ranging from ultra-low size, weight, and power man-portable systems to fully networked, multi-site fixed and mobile electronic support and electronic attack systems.  Our systems use state of the art software defined radio, cryptographic, and machine learning technologies developed, integrated, and produced by our team. Leonardo DRS Tactical Systems is looking for talented individuals to join our team to help us develop innovated and next generation solutions to meet our customers' mission-critical needs.

Job Summary

We're looking for a Contracts Manager with experience in a government, defense or commercial contracts environment to lead our Beavercreek, OH team.  Relocation assistance is available.  This position offers some remote flexibility (must be able to work onsite Tues-Thurs), plus we work a 9/80 schedule (every other Friday off).

Job Responsibilities

  • Conduct the preparation, administration, and management of government contracts
  • Responsible for the negotiation and administration of agreements between the company/customers/subcontractors/vendors ensuring adherence to company policies and procedures 
  • Manage, administer, and monitor contract performance and delivery schedules
  • Oversee proposal preparation and contract negotiation
  • Responsible for reviewing contract solicitation terms, handling contract award confirmations, interpreting agreement terms and conditions and identifying potential issues, reviewing agreement amendments / modifications and incorporating changes
  • Review contractual documents to ensure adherence to company policy, government specifications and requirements and provide contractual advice, guidance and support to the contracts lead /program and operations management
  • Mentor and provide guidance and direction to (and may manage) less-experienced contract administrators
  • Assist in the development of bid strategy and proposal preparation and review
  • Manage the performance requirements and delivery schedules of multiple or complex contracts
  • Assist in developing bid strategy and manage contract function for program bid proposals/bid protests
  • Track contract performance and manage contract changes, modifications and REAs
  • Review proposals and contract actions prior to signature or negotiation to ensure appropriate factors have been considered and all necessary information on contract risk mitigation has been gathered
  • Draft/review NDAs, MOUs, MOAs, teaming, consultant and other agreements
  • Ensure protection of Company interests and intellectual property during negotiations and fully document negotiation outcomes
  • Develop list of prime contract flow-down clauses for inclusion in subcontract requests for quote/proposal
  • May evaluate subcontractor proposals for completeness and adherence to compliance with Prime contract flow down requirements
  • Provide guidance on contract policies, procedures and other business and contractual or compliance matters affecting the Company and liaise with Group and Corporate staff as required
  • Along with senior management team, develop and maintain effective business relationships with government, commercial, foreign and domestic customers
  • Administer the contract by executing all change notices and preparing all correspondence to obtain extensions to the period of performance, provide additional funding requirements, and notify of change of key personnel and cost increases
  • May provide administrative modifications to subcontractors, as required
  • Coordinate contract closes out and handle audits
  • Provide adequate supervision and guidance to assigned staff and ensure they perform their duties properly and in a timely manner
  • Support, communicate, reinforce and defend DRS’ mission, values and culture
  • Develop specialized knowledge and skills related to formulation and performance of R&D contracts (e.g. CRADAs), grants, cooperative and cost sharing agreements
  • May manage the Business Unit portfolio of international agreements (consultants, sales representatives, resellers, etc.)
  • Liaise with all departments to capture and facilitate the contract life cycle from need identification, through drafting, negotiation, execution, performance, to completion and closeout


  • Bachelor’s degree in business or related field with 7 or more years of progressive experience in government contracts
  • Proven negotiating skills and the ability to exercise sound business judgment and discretion is critical
  • Comprehensive knowledge of FAR, DFARS, and government procurement/contracting cycle spanning all major contract types (FFP, FPI, CPAF, CPFF, CPIF, T&M, BOA, IDIQ)
  • Experience in the management of government, defense, and commercial contracts
  • Detailed knowledge of government intellectual property (IP)/ software and data rights clauses and IP marking guidelines
  • Detailed knowledge of source selection / evaluation process including cost and price analysis
  • Knowledge of requirements for and experienced in administration of government property
  • Detailed knowledge of government contract administration duties including subcontract flow downs, change management, inspection, acceptance, payment, warranty, close-out and records retention
  • Detailed knowledge and thorough understanding of proper drafting, negotiation and use of contracts, subcontracts, POs teaming and other forms of agreements
  • Familiarity with general business operations and management functions and principles (business development, finance/accounting, operations, information technology)
  • Ability to interact professionally and effectively at all levels of the organization
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Experience negotiating international contracts preferred
  • Prefer membership in the National Contract Management Association and CPCM designation highly desirable
  • Previous management experience
  • General computer proficiency and familiarity with Microsoft Office programs
  • This position has the option of being either fully onsite in our Dayton facility or partly remote (onsite Tues-Thurs).  Must live within commuting distance regardless of choice.

COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families, and communities. With employee health and safety as our top priority, Leonardo DRS is taking action to address the risk and uncertainty COVID variants pose in the workplace.  We require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated, unless a medical or religious accommodation is formally approved by Leonardo DRS prior to commencing employment.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. #AIS

Our Mission

To build shareholder value through a commitment to high ethical standards and a superior performance culture focused on customers, employees, financial results and corporate citizenship.

Our Vision

To be the leading mid-tier defense technology company in the U.S.

Our Values

Our employees appreciate a culture of open honest communications, and fair and equitable treatment. We accomplish this through:

INTEGRITY. At Leonardo DRS ethics and accountability always comes first.

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE. We set high standards of performance for ourselves and others. We consistently deliver excellent products and services. We adhere to quality levels demanded by our customers. We assume responsibility and accountability to achieve excellence. We settle for nothing less.

CUSTOMER FOCUS. We go above and beyond to meet customer needs, and work to create long-term relationships with our customers.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION. We accept unconditionally the value that every individual has to offer. We embrace different points of view. We continually foster an environment that enables all employees to contribute to their full potential. We cooperate together as a diverse workforce serving a diverse population.

INNOVATION.  At Leonardo DRS, innovation is in our DNA. We have built this company through the innovative ideas of our employees and continue to foster an environment that rewards new ideas to help our government and military customers save lives, solve critical problems and modernize to ensure mission success for years to come.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. is committed 
to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued.  We are committed to building a workplace where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. At Leonardo DRS, we believe that a diverse and inclusive environment makes us a stronger Company. We embrace different points of view, respect one another in the workplace, and understand that an inclusive environment furthers creativity, innovation, and business performance. 

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Nearest Major Market: Dayton