Contracts Director

Fairfax, Virginia
Jun 18, 2021
Aug 06, 2021
Full Time
Dewberry is currently seeking a Contracts Director to lead, manage, and enhance the company's Contracts Program. Reporting to the General Counsel, this is an opportunity to partner with business leaders and support teams across the enterprise and drive our company toward a proactive strategy in this area.

Dewberry is a leading, market-facing professional services firm with more than 50 locations and 2,000 professionals nationwide. What sets us apart from our competitors are our people. At Dewberry, we seek out exceptional talent and strive to deliver the highest quality of services to our clients. Whether you're an experienced professional or a new graduate, you'll have the chance to collaborate with the best and brightest and work on innovative and complex projects at the forefront of the industry. Our commitment to excellence stems from our personal integrity and from other defining attributes, which we call "Dewberry at Work," that have inspired our employees to be successful for more than a half-century.


Contract Management and Government Contracts Compliance:
  • Supervision of Dewberry team responsible for corporate contract management and government contracts compliance functions.
  • Provide guidance on ethics and compliance requirements related to approach and execution of Dewberry contracts.
  • Primary point of contact for the executive leadership on matters relating to contracts and contract compliance.
  • Participate in Government and third party reviews, audits, investigations, and inquiries. Coordinate appropriate responses with internal and/or external counsel.
  • Develop, coordinate, and participate in training related to all facets of contract compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Develop and refine policies, procedures, and processes to facilitate consistent, risk-based approach to contract management and compliance with contract requirements.
  • Attend external training and actively participate in industry related organizations to facilitate Dewberry's awareness of - and preparation for - current trends/issues associated with contracts.
  • Represent contract process and compliance at the corporate compliance executive committee.

Required Skills & Required Experience

Technical Skills:
  • Knowledge of the law, Federal Acquisition Regulations, ethics and compliance issues surrounding Government and/or commercial contracting relevant to Dewberry's business.
  • Knowledge of Cost Accounting Standards, cost allowability rules, and Truth in Negotiations Act and unique GSA schedule obligations.
  • Ability to analyze complex issues, focus on researching relevant information, provide an accurate assessment or conclusion based on researched information.
  • Knowledge of industry issues and resolution of issues as related to ethics and compliance in Government and commercial contracting.
  • Knowledgeable of business operations similar to Dewberry (professional services), in terms of types of work, nature of contracts, culture, and geographic dispersion.
  • Ability to meet short term needs while attending to long term business issues and needs.
  • Ability to interact with internal and external counsel to effectively identify and address ethics and compliance related issues.
  • Law degree and at least fifteen years of experience in related field required.

Soft Skills:
  • Leadership acumen and the ability to coach and mentor individuals and the team.
  • Apply appropriate discretion and recognize the importance of a risk-based approach.
  • Plan ahead and drive toward a highly organized and systematic approach.
  • Self-motivated, highly achievement orientated, and ability to multi-task in fast paced organization.
  • Self-confidence to present and recommend solutions based on appropriate research.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and be able to interactively discuss the logic and details of a recommended position related to an issue.
  • Understand how to effectively work with peers, Dewberry departments and personnel, and personnel throughout industry.
  • Ability to assert self to managers and executive leadership, with level of preparation necessary to support actions.

*At this time, Dewberry will not sponsor a new applicant for work authorization.

*Dewberry is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation.

*Only recipients of an offer of employment from Dewberry, will be required to submit to a background screening which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, driving record check, criminal background check, and an investigative consumer report. These screenings will be conducted by Dewberry's background vendor of choice and will be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local law.

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