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Senior Contracts Administrator

East Syracuse, New York, United States of America
Closing date
30 January 2022
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Job Description:

Saab in East Syracuse, NY is seeking a dynamic, results-oriented Senior Contracts Administrator to report directly to the Manager, Contracts for the Surveillance U.S. division. The ideal candidate will have a comprehensive understanding of industry practices, experience working with U.S. Government Federal Acquisition Regulations contracts, and preferably have experience with commercial and foreign customers.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Day-to-day activities will include proposal preparation, pre‐contract risk analysis, negotiation, troubleshooting and resolving contractual issues, and administration of U.S. government contracts.

  • Practice proactive contracts management, respond to inquiries regarding contract obligations/revisions, and initiate the documentation to authorize work according to contractual specifications.

  • Review complex domestic proposals for compliance with requirements of Request for Proposal, with particular focus on identification and mitigation/elimination of “proposal risk” and “execution risk”.

  • Draft modified/ revised language for terms and conditions in response to an RFP.  

  • Collaborate with and influence other business areas without direct authority.

  • Apply knowledge of corporate policies and procedures, and identify required improvement to established policies. 

  • Coordinate and manage the contracts volume as part of a major or complex proposal.

  • Determine appropriate flow down provisions for subcontracts and material procurement.

  • Mentor less experienced Contract professionals.

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree degree in Business or related discipline is required. MBA or JD is a plus.

  • 8+ years of experience directly working in a Contracts role or related field.

  • 6+ years of experience with government regulations (i.e., FAR/DFARS, ITAR/EAR, TINA, etc.)

  • Must be able to travel up to 25% in support of program and business development efforts.

  • Must be capable of obtaining a Secret level security clearance.

  • Ability to draft modified/ revised language for terms and conditions in response to an RFP.  

  • Working to expert knowledge of contracting concepts Federal Acquisition Regulations/ Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR/ DFAR) Supplement.

  • Demonstrated proactive contracts management experience.

  • Excellent internal and external negotiation skills.  

  • Strong presentation, leadership and team‐building skills. 

  • Experience in Microsoft Office Suite.


  • Professional certification preferred (CCCM, CFCM, CPCM).

  • Experience working with U.S. Government and foreign customers.

  • Experience working in Oracle, SharePoint, and JIRA.

  • Experience training less experienced Contracts professionals is a plus.

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to meet the following criteria: (i) pass a drug screen, (ii) complete a background check that will include, at a minimum, a criminal record check, and education and employment verification, and (iii) be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (unless granted an accommodation permitted by law and then in compliance with Saab’s requirements related to the accommodation, if any).


Saab provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, work-life balance, business-casual atmosphere and comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and dependents

  • Paid time off including: minimum of 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, 8 designated holidays, 3 weeks personal illness, bereavement, jury duty and disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a global defense and security company operating in the fields of air, land and naval defense, civil security and commercial aeronautics. We number approximately 17,000 employees and have operations on all continents. Technologically we are leaders in many areas, and one-fifth of our earnings are spent on research and development.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.