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Saab Global
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Senior Contracts Manager

Home Office, New York, United States of America
Closing date: 31 August 2023

Job Description:

Saab, Inc. in East Syracuse, NY is seeking a dynamic, forward-thinking, proactive Contracts Manager supporting the Surveillance Air Traffic Management (ATM) portfolio. As a senior leader, you will optimize your extensive international, commercial, and U.S. Government contracts experience and leadership skills to collaborate across functions. You will lead a team of 3 qualified contracts professionals to drive results, maximize efficiency, and generate new business opportunities. 

A remote position is possible, depending on the candidate and willingness to travel to create relationships and support business needs.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Oversee contract administration and negotiations for domestic, international or commercial contracts.

  • Lead a team of 3 Contracts professionals.  Foster an environment of continuous learning and career development.

  • Support capture efforts across the business by participating in proposal development and reviews.

  • Review complex domestic, international, or commercial proposals for compliance with requirements of Request for Proposal.

  • Prepare and present contractual terms and conditions analyses to senior corporate management, including risk analyses and mitigation options, business ramifications and opportunities, and negotiation strategies, while ensuring consistency with business objectives and corporate policies.

  • Resolve complex issues using professional concepts, company objectives, and/or industry best practices.

  • Ensure all current and future contracts within Surveillance are compliant with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) or equivalent, including International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) for international pursuits and contracts.

  • Successfully interact with senior corporate management, customer executive management, U.S. Government representatives.

  • Support the Saab Contracts' vision of being business leaders and undertake the necessary steps to achieve short and long-term objectives.

  • Identify future enhancements to the Contracts organization in support of growth and strategic direction of corporation.

  • Participate in efforts to evaluate and improve existing processes and fill process gaps with appropriate documentation.

  • Communicate results concisely, both verbally and in writing.

  • Apply a global perspective of business environment and technology

Skills and Experience:

Required Skills

  • Bachelor's degree

  • 20+ years of Contracts experience (or 18+ years with a MBA or JD) in the Defense/Aerospace industry.

  • Demonstrated proactive contracts management experience.

  • Experience working with teams across multiple sites / locations.

  • Experienced in FAR and DFARS

  • Extensive experience negotiating multi-million dollar defense contracts with USG, international governments, and large Defense/Aerospace contractors.

  • Ability to contribute to the development strategy and lead strategic initiatives in support of functional and business objectives.

  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills.

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

Preferred Skills

  • Professional certification (CCM, CFCM, CPCM), or advanced degree (MBA, JD) preferred.

  • 5+ years of leadership experience, directly or indirectly leading groups or teams.

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident (green card holder), or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

Drug-Free Workplaces:

Saab is a federal government contractor and adheres to policies and programs necessary for sustaining drug-free workplaces. As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen.


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, parental leave, personal illness, bereavement, jury duty, long-term and short-term disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Student loan assistance

  • Wellness account, subscription and employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a leading defense and security company with an enduring mission, to help nations keep their people and society safe. Empowered by its 18,000 talented people, Saab constantly pushes the boundaries of technology to create a safer, more sustainable and more equitable world. In the U.S., Saab delivers advanced technology and systems, supporting the U.S. Armed Forces and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as international and commercial partners. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, the company has business units and local employees in seven U.S. locations.

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.