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Advanced Contracts Specialist

Company: General Dynamics
Location: Pittsfield
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Responsibilities for this Position

Advanced Contracts Specialist

Job ID: 2021-48377

USA-MA-Pittsfield USA-Varies

Required Clearance: Secret, obtainable within reasonable time based on requirements

Posted Date: 4/14/2021

Category: Contracts

Employment Type: Full Time

Hiring Company: General Dynamics Mission Systems

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or equivalent is required plus a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree or Juris Doctor degree plus a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience.


Department of Defense Secret security clearance is required within a reasonable period of time. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

Responsibilities for this Position

General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a Contract Administrator. The position provides an opportunity to enhance the performance and profitability of an organization that supports some of our nation's fundamental defense services. General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.


An advanced level position in a field of contract management

Administers contracts and monitors contract performance

Acts as focal point for all contractual communications and commitments

Assures compliance with applicable federal regulations and internal policies and procedures

Reviews Requests for Proposals and participates in preparing compliant proposal responses

Negotiates proposals and contracts within business goals and documents substance of discussions, agreements and results

Reviews contractual documents for accuracy, performance risk, and conformance with contract terms, conditions, and other provisions including applicable federal regulations and business team objectives prior to signature / acceptance

Works as a key member of program team to ensure contract requirements are fully understood and executed

Responds to internal and external inquiries regarding contract issues, audits, and compliance requirements

Supports contract change process and works with Program Management, Engineering, Finance and other disciplines to mitigate performance risk

Advises and supports business team on issues / developments relative to assigned contracts

Builds customer relationships

Supports contract operations and enterprise objectives


  • A seasoned, experienced professional with a proficient understanding of contracts management; resolves a wide range of issues in creative ways
  • Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors
  • Demonstrates proficient judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions
  • Networks with senior internal and external personnel in own area of expertise
  • Skilled in negotiation of contracts of moderate to high risk / complexity
  • Demonstrates proficient judgment and creativity to identify and resolve moderately complex contract issues, and ability to identify where more expert guidance is required
  • Proficient and able to perform all responsibilities associated with the position
  • Proficient ability to grasp and apply new information quickly and handle complex assignments
  • Shows initiative on assignments, exercises independent judgment and professionally executes projects with little direction
  • Demonstrates proficient knowledge of applicable federal regulations (FAR/DFARS) and contracting experience with Prime Contractors as wells as all contract types
  • Has experience reviewing and analyzing contractual documents for accuracy, performance risk, and conformance with contract terms, conditions, and other provisions
  • Possesses proficient verbal and written communication skills and the ability to deal effectively with personnel at all levels

Demonstrates proficient analytical/critical thinking skills; attention to detail and research skills

Is able to prioritize/re-prioritize with changing goals

Collaborates and works effectively cross-functionally throughout the business

  • Possesses proficient computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office) to support communications and business needs


Experience with Navy customers desired as well as a working knowledge of cost type contract geometries.

Company Overview

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation. With a global team of 12,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas. Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency. We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose. You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded. If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!


Come work for General Dynamics Mission Systems in beautiful Berkshire County, located on the western edge of Massachusetts. The Berkshires are very family friendly with excellent schools. The housing market is very affordable compared to surrounding larger cities. General Dynamics provides exceptional salaries in Berkshire County which provides a comfortable lifestyle for you and your family.

The surrounding area is a cultural center for arts and theater, including established venues such as Tanglewood, Mass Museum of Contemporary Arts, The Clark Art Institute and the Norman Rockwell Museum, to name a few. Berkshire County is also a recreation hub with mountains for hiking or mountain biking, multiple lakes, ski areas, golf courses and even the Appalachian Trail. Being part of New England, western Massachusetts also boasts four distinct and enjoyable seasons, from the comfortable summer months to the colorful fall and pristine winters.

As a small city with surrounding rural towns, Pittsfield has a reasonable cost of living and relaxing short commutes without giving up modern life amenities. We are centrally located in the northeast, providing easy access to all of the attractions New England can offer. Boston and New York City are both less than a 3 hour drive away.

The Berkshires are Calling!


General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran

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