Manages a team of approximately 25 contracts and estimating professionals in the administration of NASSCO’s fixed price and cost-plus Government Repair Contracts under the general supervision of the Director of Contracts. Key functions include overseeing change proposal preparation, contract negotiations, contract administration and customer contact activities to ensure contract adherence occurs in accordance with company policies and within contractual requirements. In addition, manages efforts to identify, develop, negotiate and settle Requests for Equitable Adjustments (REAs) and Claims on US Government Repair contracts.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES
Reports to the Director of Contracts. Position has broad latitude in planning department activities based on company priorities. Individual will work closely with the NASSCO Repair leadership team and Contracts Department personnel. Position interfaces directly at multiple levels with external customer representatives, primarily Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC). Works closely with NASSCO’s Finance and Law Departments and makes frequent reports to executive management.
Manages the activities of personnel assigned to the Repair Contracts Department in order to execute the timely administration of contracts and submission of change proposals to ensure NASSCO continues to manage its contractual obligations.
Attends Shipbuilding and Repair production/program meetings (both internal NASSCO and with the Government) and weekly contractual meetings (e.g. RCC status and CSSR).
Establishes goals, training (related to contracting policies and procedures), professional development and continuous improvement activities for the Repair Contracts team.
Reviews, negotiates and settles specific contract change proposals and contract modifications within signature limit authority. Resolves conflicts and settles disputes with external Government customers in support of company objectives.
Prepares or reviews contract letters of a complex nature with business or technical content. Authorizes letters within signature authority.
Advises internal Departments on key contract terms and conditions and their impact on programs profitability, schedule and overall risk.
Attends Repair production/program meetings and alerts Repair production when work appears to be out of scope therefore requiring a Request for Contract Change, Notification of Change (NOC) or other contract action.
Identifies, develops, monitors and settles REAs and Claims pertaining to Government actions or inactions. Manages the activities of personnel assigned to assist in these activities. Incumbent may research technical and cost issues, develop arguments, and create work products (e.g. letters, entitlement arguments, cost analysis supporting quantum) in support of actions. May also oversee other personnel including external legal counsel in the development of these same products.
Tracks REA and Claim submittals and provides briefings including potential financial impacts to Executive Management as required.
Works with Government counterparts to ensure NASSCO’s submitted REAs, NOCs or other contract actions are reviewed (within FAR and DFARS guidelines) and analyzed fairly.
Interacts with legal counsel (both internal and external) in the conduct of this position.
Accomplishes routine personnel administration for personnel assigned to the Department.
Other responsibilities and duties as assigned.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Requires a minimum Bachelor’s degree in a technical, finance or business related discipline with at least seven or more years of progressive experience in Government contracts administration. A graduate degree in a related field and NCMA certification are desirable.
Requires excellent oral communications and writing skills and the ability to think clearly under the pressure of time deadlines with the ability to address shifting priorities. Ability to conduct and complete complex negotiations.
Strong analytical and problem solving skills; and the ability to develop proactive solutions.
Thorough knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS) and Government procurement policies and practices, as they apply to both large and small value contracts, including those that extend over multiple years.
Familiarity with the U.S. shipbuilding industry including ship design, shipboard systems and repair production processes a plus, but not required.
Must plan, organize and schedule own activities in support of changing program and or company goals.
Ability to communicate assignments, guidance and requirements to subordinate personnel to ensure that internal and external commitments are met.
Must be a self-starter with the ability to perform assigned tasks with a minimum of supervision and met deadlines.
Occasional travel as required.
Must be a self-starter with the ability to perform assigned tasks with a minimum of supervision.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to climb on and around ships including stairs, ladders, and scaffolding. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee is regularly required to sit, use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects or controls, and to talk and hear. Must be able to lift weights up to 30 pound. Must be physically able to commute to various areas in shipyard. Must be able to handle stressful situations. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to dust, welding/burning fumes, and smoke. The noise level is usually moderate when out of the office, which may include sirens, horns, chipping and hammering.
General Dynamics NASSCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.
Internal Number: 3661
About General Dynamics NASSCO
General Dynamics NASSCO traces its beginnings to the industrial heart of San Diego, along the working waterfront of beautiful and historic San Diego Bay. The company has been designing and building ships in San Diego’s industrial corridor since 1960 and is the largest full service shipyard on the West Coast of the United States.
Today, General Dynamics NASSCO has locations on both the West and East Coasts. The company specializes in the design and construction of auxiliary and support ships for the U.S. Navy and oil tankers and dry cargo carriers for commercial markets. It is also a major provider of repair services for the U.S. Navy’s global force for good, with capabilities in San Diego, Norfolk, Mayport, and Bremerton.
General Dynamics NASSCO is one of three shipyards in the Marine Systems group of General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD). General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available at www.generaldynamics.com.