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Contracts Manager


Washington, DC, US, 20003

Advanced Acoustic Concepts, LLC, a joint venture between Leonardo DRS and Thales USA, is a technical leader in the fields of sonar systems, sonar signal processing, acoustic training systems, and open architecture system and software integration. The venture focuses on emerging areas in the undersea warfare domain where the customer has identified mission-critical needs. For additional information about Advanced Acoustic Concepts, please visit our website at http://www.aaccorp.com.


Title: Contracts Manager

Job Location: Washington D.C. or Columbia, Maryland


Position Summary: Advanced Acoustic Concepts, LLC is seeking a Contracts Manager at our Washington D.C. or Columbia, Maryland location. This position manages, administers and monitors contract performance and delivery schedules on government contracts while providing oversight for resolution of compliance issues.  The Contracts Manager also acts as liaison between business unit, Group Counsel and corporate compliance staff as required. 


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages, administers and monitors contract performance and delivery schedules on government contracts
  • Provides oversight for resolution of compliance issues
  • Acts as liaison between business unit, Group Counsel and corporate compliance staff as required
  • Responsible for the negotiation and administration of agreements between the company/customers/subcontractors/vendors ensuring adherence to company policies and procedures
  • 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
  • Reviews contractual documents to ensure adherence to company policy, government specifications and requirements and provides contractual advice, guidance and support to the contracts lead /program and operations management
  • Mentors and provides guidance and direction to (and may manage) less experienced contract administrators. Assists in the development of bid strategy and proposal preparation and review
  • May have responsibility to manage monitoring and reporting activities related to compliance with company policies and government regulations Provides oversight for resolution of compliance issues and liaison between business unit and Group Counsel / corporate compliance staff as required
  • Manages the performance requirements and delivery schedules of multiple or complex contracts
  • Assists in developing bid strategy and manages contract function for program bid proposals / bid protests
  • Reviews and resolves issues affecting compliance and ensure satisfaction of legal /regulatory requirements
  • Tracks contract performance and manage contract changes, modifications and REA’s
  • Reviews 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
  • Drafts / reviews NDA’s, MOU’s, MOA’s, teaming, consultant and other agreements
  • Ensures protection of company interests and intellectual property during negotiations and fully document negotiation outcomes
  • Develops 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
  • Provides guidance on contract policies, procedures and other business and contractual or compliance matters affecting the Company and liaises with Group and Corporate staff as required
  • Along with senior management team develops and maintains effective business relationships with government, commercial, foreign and domestic customers
  • Administers 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 provides administrative modifications to subcontractors, as required
  • Coordinates contract closes out and handle audits
  • Provides adequate supervision and guidance to assigned staff and ensures they perform their duties properly, and in a timely manner
  • Supports, communicates, reinforces and defends DRS’ mission, values and culture

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Business or related field with seven 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 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, P.O.’s 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
  • 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


Physical Requirements:

  • Lifting up to 10 lbs up to 10% of the time
  • Climbing, Bending, Stooping, Kneeling up to 10% of the time
  • Walking or Standing up 25% of the time
  • Sitting up to 75% of the time



AAC works on a 9/80 compressed work schedule, where employees work 80 hours in 2 weeks, and off every other Friday.


Advanced Acoustic Concepts, LLC; DRS Technologies, 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, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. #MCSS

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 through:

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

QUALITY. We set high standards of performance, and consistently deliver excellent products and services.

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

DIVERSITY. We embrace different points of view, and continually foster an environment that enable all participants to contribute to their full potential.

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. 

For additional information on  Leonardo DRS, please visit our website at www.leonardodrs.com

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC