Senior Contracts Manager

Fairfax, Virginia
Jan 19, 2022
Mar 03, 2022
Full Time
Dewberry is currently seeking an experienced Senior Contracts Manager in the professional services and construction industry for its corporate office in Fairfax, VA. The Senior Contracts Manager will provide contracting support to the various practice areas of the Dewberry enterprise. Reporting to the Director of Contracts, the selected candidate will review federal, state, local and commercial professional services and construction agreements involving various types of project delivery. The Senior Contracts Manager will also work closely with internal business resources, clients, legal and other stakeholders across the enterprise to ensure agreements meet Dewberry's contracting standards and requirements.

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:Provide federal, state, local and commercial professional services and construction contract management support for various types of project delivery throughout the enterprise. Contract management includes the drafting, review, revision, negotiation, administration, and modification of all company standard and nonstandard contracts, subcontracts, and agreements for the projects Dewberry undertakes, Draft, review, revise, and negotiate contracts and subcontracts, along with license agreements, data rights agreements, teaming agreements, non-disclosure agreements, joint venture agreements, etc. Provide analysis of liability and other risks to Dewberry, articulate these risks to Dewberry stakeholders, and develop strategies for mitigating these risks. Deliver your services independently, efficiently and in a timely manner. Ensure that the final contract is delivered to and signed by the appropriate people.

Communication: Establish and maintain relationships with team members, stakeholders, internal and external clients, and other third parties to communicate all proposal and contract matters. Communicate regularly with project managers business unit managers, operating unit managers, accounting and legal staff to address any and all contract-related questions or issues. Work well with all levels of Dewberry's management and leadership.

Collaboration: Work closely with the larger Contracts team, and stakeholders, as appropriate, to prepare and update policies and guidelines for contracting issues and initiatives. Assist in audits, reviews and such special projects as required by the Director of Contracts. Support outreach activities within the Dewberry organization, including conducting periodic training and contributing to internal articles and notices.

Coaching and Mentoring: Serve as a coach and mentor to develop less seasoned and experienced Contracts team members in their development. Keep abreast of developments in contracting and communicate information to Dewberry's business units.

Process Improvement: Serve as a thought partner in reviewing existing contracting processes to implement changes towards efficiency and effectiveness. Implement a team approach when developing strategic and innovative proposal and contract solutions within regulatory guidelines, resulting in agreements that consider, properly weigh, and resolve the needs of the department, stakeholders, internal and external clients and Dewberry's business units.

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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