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Contracts Specialist (Contract)

Location:
Cheltenham
IR35 Status:
Inside IR35
Job Description
The Contracts Specialist is responsible for the agreement and management of commercial contracts, service agreements and pricing for multiple programmes within Northrop Grumman.
Different thinking for a Different world
Northrop Grumman is involved in a range of future game-changing defence and security programmes. Whether this is as a partner in the F-35 Lightning II providing the aircraft with much of its situational awareness and communications, as a leading specialist in large intelligence datasets, as a pre-eminent provider of High Altitude Long Endurance unmanned aircraft systems, or as the ‘go to’ provider for truly open system architectures for battlespace networks, communications, and command and control, Northrop Grumman has an unparalleled reputation as an innovator. 

 

How you will make a difference
Key Responsibilities
 
  • Negotiate and agree scope, terms and conditions with Customers and Sub-contractors working closely with the relevant Programme Manager, Business Development Manager, Finance Team and Supply Chain Lead
  • Refine and agree confidentiality and collaboration/teaming agreements
  • Review tenders and RFQs to identify key commercial aspects and evaluation criteria
  • Develop the business’ negotiation strategy
  • Review Statements of Work and tender responses
  • Develop the commercial risk review and support approvals process through the bid and programme lifecycle
  • Identify and construct sub-contracts flowing down terms from the prime contract as appropriate
  • Engage with and support the legal review of contract terms and conditions
  • Prepare and negotiate on contracts terms, licence terms and pricing, recognising the risk trade-off and working within approvals
  • Responsible for issuing Requests for Proposal/Quotation and assessing commercial proposals from suppliers and sub-contractors
  • Manage all customer quotations and supplier POs for NG’s contract with the UK government customer
  • Monitor Contracts and Sub-contracts, Service agreements and licences to ensure that all parties adhere to the conditions
  • Review Prime Contract proposals to ensure adequacy of Prime and Supplier content
  • Liaise with trade controls/export management personnel to develop and maintain the necessary export/import licences for products and services
Competencies/Skills
 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communicator, able to effectively engage with a wide range of stakeholders and customers at all levels whilst planning, executing and co-ordinating bid work, negotiations and active contract management
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Proficient IT skills – office automation and project tools
  • Sound understanding of contract law and standard terms
  • Working knowledge of contracts, terms and conditions used by UK MOD/UK government
  • Good awareness of UK/US export regulations
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Flexible and adaptable, with an engaging ‘can do’ attitude
  • A proactive team-worker, able to also work independently
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Adept at dealing effectively with competing priorities and deadlines, and able to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Competent in PowerPoint and face-to-face presentation delivery
 
Essential Experience:
 
  • Degree in Law or Business & Law, Economics or 5+ years’ experience of contracts management in a business/IT/engineering environment
  • Demonstrable experience of proposal work and review on large scale captures
  • Track record of building strong customer relationships
     
 
Additional Information:
 
  • You must be able obtain and hold UK Government clearances
  • Looking for flexibility? Speak to us at application stage to see what is possible.