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Sierra Nevada Corporation | SNC Sierra Nevada Corporation | SNC

Contracts Manager I

  •  Posted 30+ Days Ago
  •   Full time
  •  Madison, WI
  •  R0012886
  •  Security Clearance Required

We are seeking a Contracts Manager with a Bachelor's degree in a related field of study. In this challenging, fast-paced environment, you'll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and experience to support the design and creation of the most groundbreaking aerospace and defense technologies - those that exist today and those that will shape tomorrow. What to look forward to: As a Contracts Manager, you will be using your skills and expertise to administer, extend, negotiate, and terminate our standard and nonstandard contracts. You'll be responsible for examining estimates of material, equipment services, production costs, performance requirements, and delivery schedules to ensure accuracy and completeness. You'll advise management of contractual rights and obligations and ensure our contracting activities provide for proper contract acquisition and fulfillment.

A subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), Sierra Space builds and delivers the future of space transportation, destinations and infrastructure, offering “space-as-a-service” in support of the new space economy. Leveraging breakthrough technologies including the Dream Chaser® spaceplane, also known as America’s Spaceplane®, and expandable LIFE™ habitat, Sierra Space offers turnkey solutions that are modular, reusable and scalable. Sierra Space brings life to space, and space to life.  Learn More about Sierra Space

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Point of contact for the customer on all assigned contractual matters

  • Provides coordination with other departments as necessary in the preparation of responses to customer correspondence and other requests

  • Maintains close, professional interface with internal and external customer personnel (technical, administrative and business)

  • Reviews RFP requirements for contract risk, recommends appropriate exceptions/fall-back positions accordingly to leadership for review

  • Develop, in conjunction with the Program Manager, written negotiation strategies for all new awards and contract change activity

  • Reviews, recommends and negotiates terms and conditions to ensure SNC adequate contractual protection

  • Acts as Lead in customer negotiations with Program Management and Pricing Support management included in all discussions

  • Responsible for ensuring that all contract documents, data, deliverables, funding, etc. are posted to the Teamroom; to include the development and updates to Contract-specific matrix

  • Ensures, in conjunction with the assigned Contracts Administrator, contract files are maintained in an up-to-date and audit-ready condition with all contractual data, correspondence and status

  • Oversees the preparation and delivery of customer required data and reports in compliance with contractual requirements; monitors, in conjunction with the assigned Contracts Administrator, status of day-to-day deliverables and preparation of shipping documents, DD-250s and DD-1149s

  • Ensures compliance with shipping schedules, design specifications, legal requirements and other contractual commitments

  • Monitors, in conjunction with the Program Manager, performance against the original cost allocation and contract requirements in order to anticipate necessary changes in contract funding or scope of work

  • Ensures timely customer notification of 75% funding limitation, or as required by contract

  • Assists Finance in billing preparation; accuracy of contractual requirements (i. e. , T&M contracts (rates and categories); cost-type contracts (cost and scheduled); milestone and CLIN liquidation)

  • Monitors Accounts Receivables and Unbilled on assigned contracts, ensuring prompt payment receipt

  • Initiates and monitors, in conjunction with the Program Manager, contract close-out process

  • In coordination with the Contracts Director, and Corporate counsel, reviews NDAs, Teaming Agreements, and other strategic documents associated with assigned business area

  • Participates in monthly Program Management Reviews (PMRs)

  • Reviews and approves work of any assigned personnel

  • Has acquired and maintains working knowledge of Federal and Commercial contract rules and regulations

  • Assists Export Compliance Officer by reviewing contract for potential ITAR/EAR requirements and ensuring that export controlled data is not transmitted through the Contracts Department without appropriate export licenses


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field of study

  • A higher level degree may substitute for experience

  • Related experience may be considered in lieu of required education

  • 4 or more years of related experience required in administrator & contracts environment required

  • Ability to problem solve - applying originality, creativity and innovation

  • Strong skills to plan, organize, multi-task, prioritize, and execute assigned workload to meet multiple deadlines

  • Detail-oriented, without losing sight of the big picture

  • Ability to interpret considerable data of a technical/programmatic nature in order to effectively and adequately perform duties and responsibilities

  • Collaborate effectively with co-workers; work with other departments and management (both within SNC and with the customer) in a professional manner

  • Extensive skills application in MS Office products, with Dynamics experience preferable

  • The ability to obtain & maintain a Secret U.S. Security clearance is required


  • Experience with government contracting

  • Previous legal experience


This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret U.S. Security Clearance. U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance for employment. Non-U.S. citizens may not be eligible to obtain a security clearance.  The Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF), a federal government agency, handles the adjudicative aspects of the security clearance eligibility process for industry applicants. Adjudicative factors which affect the outcome of the eligibility determination include, but are not limited to, allegiance to the U.S., foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations and illegal drug use.

With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station.  Please visit to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.