Subcontracts Manager III (Individual Contributor)


Job Details

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.

The Acquisition Division at JPL supports the exploration and innovation of the Laboratory’s missions by working with our colleagues and subcontractors to provide exceptional acquisition solutions for our laboratory partners through unparalleled business performance while ensuring compliance to the Prime Contract with NASA and maintaining JPL’s financial integrity. 

As a member of the Enterprise and Non-Flight R&D Subcontracts Section, you will be a member of the Engineering Subcontracts Group. You will be responsible for being the acquisition point-of-contact, collaborating with our technical community to assist them with developing their requirements, identifying potential suppliers, and formulating innovative acquisition strategies to ensure JPL’s success as the leading U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system.

You will be responsible for managing the subcontract process from beginning to end. This includes market research to identify potential sources, drafting, soliciting, selecting, awarding, managing, and closing a wide range of subcontracts from fixed-price, labor hour, to cost type. The work is interesting and diverse, ranging from proof-of-concept technology demonstrations, research studies, proposal and design work, as well as software development and technology development.


  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or a related discipline with a minimum of 6 years of related experience, or Master’s degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 4 years of related experience.

  • Experience in government related subcontracting environment encompassing pre-solicitation, solicitation, evaluating/source selection, award, post-award management and closeout activities.

  • Solid written and oral communication skills.

  • Excellent critical thinking skills.

  • Commitment to high standards of quality and compliant work products.

  • Creative, flexible, and resourceful in finding solutions to overcome challenges.

  • Advanced Knowledge of Oracle Purchasing or similar enterprise resource planning purchasing system.

  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of software.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced knowledge of applicable Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations

JPL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, protected military or veteran status or any other characteristic or condition protected by Federal, state or local law.

In addition, JPL is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, JPL will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries or those born in a designated country unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S or have other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). The Designated Countries List is available here.

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United States, JPL Campus, Pasadena, California
Posted 5 months ago
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