Senior Contracts Manager - Alternative Project Delivery

Fairfax, Virginia
Jan 18, 2022
Mar 04, 2022
Full Time
Dewberry is seeking an experienced Senior Contracts Manager to support its Alternative Project Delivery contracts and pursuits throughout the enterprise. The position requires the individual to work closely and develop good working relationships with client contractors and owners externally, and all internal stakeholders by establishing routine, professional communications, both verbally and in writing. The successful candidate will be required to have collaborative and daily interaction with these individuals, including program staff, legal, and contracts/subcontracts/procurement/finance and billing team members, as we strive to have a very collaborative working environment.

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.


  • Negotiate complex contracts in a time-sensitive environment, with a focus on Design-Build and EPC projects. Draw upon broad engineering and construction industry experience to identify risks and contractual terms not conforming to Company policy and work to develop risk-mitigation strategies.
  • Participate in strategic planning activities for specific projects (e.g. risk assessment, bid/no bid analysis, etc.).
  • Analyze legal matters arising in connection with project pursuits, or project execution, and provide advice and counsel based upon research and acquired legal experience.
  • Serve as point of contact for customers both internal and external regarding contractual matters.
  • Act as advisor regarding legal requirements, customer specifications, and government regulations to management and others.
  • Ensure compliance with Dewberry company policies and procedures
  • Review and negotiate terms and conditions of different types of contractual agreements - e.g. Non-Disclosure, Teaming and Subcontract agreements, Joint Venture Agreements to ensure compliance with established legal policies and standards as well as Company policies.
  • Advise management on contractual rights and obligations and interpret terms and conditions.
  • Provide contract expertise to Program Teams for change order and claims management

Required Skills & Required Experience

  • BA/BS plus minimum 10 years relevant experience.
  • Must have excellent analytical skills, effective written and oral communication skills, effective negotiation skills and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Must understand the broader impact of proposed or awarded work and contract terms on the company, be able to identify and resolve contract issues with guidance as necessary and advise program staff and management of contractual rights and obligations.
  • Applicant must have a strong working knowledge of business practices in the engineering and construction industries.
  • Ability to directly and professionally interact and negotiate with government acquisitions personnel and teaming partner personnel.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify issues and problems on assigned contracts and make independent recommendations to direct supervisor(s), program staff, and business unit management.

Desired/Preferred Additional Qualifications:
  • Juris Doctorate (JD) Degree is preferred;
  • Applicant must have current/previous experience in the contracts, or legal, department of an engineering or construction company working under the Alternative Project Delivery method.
  • Familiarity with state and local government contracting practices is desired, familiarity with federal government contracts is a plus.

In accordance with applicable Executive Order 14042 and related requirements, all prospective hires for this position , performing work for the federal government, will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or qualify for an exemption to this vaccination requirement. Such proof of vaccination, or written request for exemption, will be required, following receipt of written offer.

*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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