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The MITRE Corporation Contracts, Lead in McLean, Virginia

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MITRE has an opening for a Government contracts professional responsible for all aspects of contract negotiation, management and administration primarily supporting of the Center for Securing the Homeland (CSH) Homeland Security Systems Engineering & Development Institute (HSSEDI) Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC).

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide cradle-to-grave contract administration expertise primarily supporting MITRE’s contract with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Additionally, provide surge and back-up support on other in other contract areas, including direct contract engagements with other federal, state, local, non-profit and commercial entities that align with MITRE’s corporate strategy.

  • Be an engaged business partner by providing agile, responsive, decisive advice and counsel at the project/program level to meet mission needs.

  • Regularly exercise independent judgment and discretion in supporting project/program planning activities and solving complex contract issues, with a focus on clear communications and relationship management with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Build trusted collaborative relationships with Government Contracting Officers and negotiating outcomes in the best interest of MITRE and our Government Sponsor.

  • Form strong internal partnerships with colleagues, stakeholders, and program leadership.

  • Proactively contribute to contracting strategies and initiatives that support MITRE's business model and goals.

  • Contribute to new and innovative solutions

  • Define, interpret, and implement corporate policy as related to contract commitments and performance.

  • Identify, track, mitigate and resolve risk issues.

  • Review task order descriptions of work applying FFRDC contracting expertise and technical understanding of HSSEDI’s competencies to determine appropriateness of work.

  • Provide timely input into contract systems in response to awards and modifications.

  • Provide timely and responsive generation and negotiation of supporting contractual documents, such as non-disclosure agreements, software evaluation. license agreements and public release requests.

  • Provide contractual and business recommendations to technical staff regarding proprietary information, patent disclosures, intellectual property and other contract issues

  • Review and manage Contract Performance Review Assessments (CPARs).

  • Process Freedom and Information Requests (FOIAs).

  • Work closely with Finance in managing account receivables and answering Sponsor inquiries about MITRE invoices.

  • Work with Close-out team to ensure proper close-out of Task Orders.

  • Promote the FFRDC role and value internally and externally.

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong working knowledge of in U.S. Government contract laws and regulations.

  • Submitted proposals and negotiated contracts with federal government entities.

  • Experience working with multiple contract types (FFP, T&M. Cost Reimbursable, etc.).

  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and make informed decisions and meet deadlines.

  • Excellent customer service skills. with ability to initiate and foster collaborative relationships both internally and externally.

  • Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft office applications in a Windows environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to make informed decisions, manage and prioritize workload and meet deadlines independently.

  • Ability to work in consultation and partnership, rather than formal supervision.

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or related field.

  • 3-5 years of experience in contract negotiation/administration, preferably specializing in contracts

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with Federal Grants.

  • Experience working with state, local, and non-profit institutions

This requisition requires the following clearance(s):

Suitability - Other

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