Small Business Liaison - Supplier Diversity Program - Remote Eligible

Rockville , MD
Jan 21, 2022
Feb 27, 2022
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat is seeking a Small Business Liaison -to join our fast-paced corporate Contracts Unit based in Rockville, Maryland. This position will work closely with research teams, and corporate teams to develop and enhance Westat's Supplier Diversity Program.  You will use your considerable knowledge and experience in outreach efforts on behalf of Westat and will attend activities to support small businesses and lead supplier diversity programs. 

This position is based in Rockville, Maryland and is remote eligible.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Provide guidance and assistance in the development and oversight of Westat's small business compliance activities.
  • Support the on-going monitor of small business goals, compliance with subcontracting plans, policies, and regulations.
  • Lead supplier diversity compliance reviews.
  • Perform internal small business compliance assessments to confirm terms and conditions are flowed down to lower tiers partners ensuring compliance with appropriate regulations. 
  • Assist business development teams in small business planning and outreach with the goal of supporting internal groups to provide appropriate small business suppliers.
  • Train, coach, and mentor staff on small business subcontracting program compliance requirements.
  • Interact with all levels of staff, management, as well as internal and external customers on small business matters and regulations. 

Basic Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor's degree in business, finance or related degree and a minimum of  8 years of prior experience supporting small business and supplier diversity organizations in a U.S. Government / Federal Government contracting environment.
  • Demonstrated experience working with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Defense Acquisition Regulations (DFARS) and associated compliance obligations and requirements

Preferred Qualifications:
  • A Master's degree in business, law or contract related discipline  
  • Applied management/leadership experience in procurement, preferably in a government services company
  • Strong marketing and communication skills
  • Experience with Deltek products including Costpoint, Contracts and Purchasing Modules

To be successful in this role, you will need to leverage your strong attention to detail, communication and writing skills, and your ability to collaborate.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account


Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for Westat. As a federal government contractor, Westat will require Westat staff, regardless of work location, to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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