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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 University Subcontracts Section in the Acquisition Division is seeking a Subcontract Manager who will be responsible for providing acquisition support to the segments of the Laboratory that are involved in the acquisition of research and development activities required from universities and non-profit organizations.
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Assistance with the development and preparation of requirement documents, development of acquisition strategy, development and issuance of solicitation documents, participation in the evaluation of proposals, and development of negotiation position and strategy.
Lead negotiations or discussions with proposers, and draft all subcontract documents, assuring compliance and reviews through appropriate levels leading to subcontract issuance.
Manage required post award administrative activities including monitoring and managing quality, cost, schedule, on-time delivery, compliance, and socio-economic goals for the successful completion of the subcontract including close out.
Interact with internal and external personnel on significant matters often requiring the coordination of activity across organizational lines.
This position requires the following qualifications:
Typically requires a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, or related discipline with a minimum of 6 years of related experience; Masters degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 4 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 2 years related experience.
Ability to conduct comprehensive analysis of complicated proposals including financial details.
Experience in applying best business practices in a government related subcontracting environment, including source selection, conducting negotiations and management of a variety of subcontracts.
Demonstrated Business communication skills, verbal and written; and computer proficiency.
Extensive knowledge and application of applicable industry and/or academic practices and standards in government related subcontracting.
Ability to mentor and coach others internal and external to organization.
Ability to think critically in problem resolution
Ability to work well independently as well as with others in a team oriented environment
Experience in negotiating complex contracts and subcontracts with universities and nonprofit organizations
Extensive knowledge of university infrastructure including faculty interdepartmental relationships
Ability to develop and deliver complex business presentations in group settings, including subcontract management meetings and training.
Knowledge of applicable laws and government regulations
Professional Designation in Government Contracts and Purchasing Management
Membership in related professional affiliations a plus – NCMA preferred
Advanced knowledge of applicable Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations.
JPL has a catalog of benefits and perks that span from the traditional to the unique. This includes a variety of health, dental, vision, wellbeing, and retirement plans, paid time off, learning, rideshare, childcare, flexible schedule, parental leave and many more. Our focus is on work-life balance, and living healthy, fulfilling lives as we Dare Mighty Things Together. For benefits eligible positions, benefits are effective the first day of the month coincident with or immediately following the employee’s start date.
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The hiring range displayed below is specifically for those who will work in or reside in the location listed. In extending an offer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory considers factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s job related skills, experience, knowledge, and relevant education/training. Hiring range for this job may be adjusted based on primary work location outside of Pasadena, California. This adjusted range will be provided to candidates by the Recruiter when applicable.
The typical full time equivalent annual hiring range for this job in Pasadena, California.
$92,664 - $110,552
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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