Job Title: Contracting Officer 

Salary Grade: 42 

Job Summary: 

The Contracting Officer reports to a Purchasing Team Lead and is a key member of the purchasing team. The Contracting Officer’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: providing contract and subcontract administration with an emphasis on federally and privately funded subawards issued to universities, and non- and for-profit organizations, and handling moderate to complex procurements of goods and services. Benefits included in this position are a flexible work schedule and compressed work week (9/80) and the ability to participate in Procurement Services’ Wellness Program.  Additionally, Caltech offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes a broad range of programs. We offer benefits which include health and dental coverage, generous holiday and vacation leave accrual plans, a competitive retirement option, life insurance and other types of financial protection, tuition assistance for staff members, child care programs, credit union memberships, library privileges, and participation in cultural and social events. As one of the top rated institutions in the world, Caltech offers the opportunity to work in a stimulating and diverse environment. Learn more about our benefits at: 

Job Duties:  

Primary duties include: 1. Preparing and issuing research subawards and subcontracts and processing through appropriate levels of review leading to execution. 2. Post-award management activities including subcontract closeout for the Subcontracts group. 3. Leading, conducting, and documenting moderate to complex procurement projects for the Institute. 4. Developing and issuing solicitation documents, coordinating the evaluation of proposals, and negotiating specifications and terms and conditions. 5. Identifying opportunities for improved productivity or efficient use of resources and ensure customer needs are identified and addressed.  6. Acting as a key technical expert on procurement issues, concerns, and special projects. 7. Interacting with internal and external personnel on pertinent matters. Special assignments may include: Leading a project or task team including speaking or presenting to small groups of internal or external customers.  

Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of purchasing experience which includes a minimum of 3 recent verifiable years of preparing, issuing, and administering federally and privately-funded research subawards and subcontracts. Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) certificate and/or Master’s degree a plus. The selected candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation to be hired for this position. 

Preferred Qualifications:  

A strong working knowledge of purchasing systems and customer service is essential. Excellent organizational skills, a high level of initiative, and the ability to work in a collaborative environment are also essential. The successful candidate must have the flexibility to work with both conceptual issues and with a high degree of detail and must be able to manage multiple deliverables and deadlines in a high volume production environment, while giving stellar customer service.   Experience in applying best business practices in government related subcontracts, a solid understanding of applicable laws, government regulations such as the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and the Uniform Guidance (UG), and advanced knowledge of Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word and Excel, and experience with database tools is essential for this position. Experience with Oracle ERP system a plus.

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Are you a passionate professional with a proven track record who enjoys collaboratively creating  strategic business agreements to meet aggressive company business growth goals within the United States and internationally?   Do you thrive on leading a team in negotiations through all phases across a variety of government and commercial contracts? If this describes you, you may be a great fit for our Senior Contracts Manager role within the Government Systems Segment. 

Using your proactive and professional communication skills, you will advise technical and business leaders.    As an expert in this field, you will provide in-depth knowledge of and expertise with  procurement regulations and contracting methodologies. 

You will examine proposal and contract requirements in detail, including verification of basis of estimates, assumptions, contingencies, compliance, risk mitigation and associated performance related dependencies.

Key attributes and abilities for a successful candidate:

  • Solid understanding of government and commercial contracting.

  • Subject matter expertise in contract management principles and techniques.

  • Understanding of financial concepts (cash flow, ROI) and impact of contract terms on the concepts.

  • Ability to develop and gain acceptance of new processes, approaches and execution objectives.

  • Think strategically and analyze details for achieving program objectives.


  • 8+ years of progressive contract management experience.

  • Advanced knowledge of DoD procurement regulations (FAR/DFARS) and commercial terms. Candidate must have superior proficiency in drafting contracts, Teaming Agreements, Other Transaction Agreements and Sales Representative  Agreements and negotiating  with a keen eye to recognize and minimize company risk and maximize Viasat’s profitable execution success.

  • Able to quickly comprehend business deals, provide strategic input, and effectively tailor the agreements to better meet company objectives.

  • Strong negotiation, writing and customer interface skills.

  • Ability to travel, domestically and internationally (nominally <10%)

  • Bachelor's degree


Government, commercial and international contracting experience

MBA, Law Degree or related advanced degree

Company culture is casual and relaxed while offering a tremendous amount of opportunity for career advancement and excitement as the company continues to grow.

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Additional requirements

Minimum education:

BA/BS or equivalent experience

Years of experience:

8 plus years


Up to 10%


US Citizenship Required





May 2019

Strategic Sourcing Specialist 

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 6000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research.  City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary:

The Strategic Sourcing Analyst will be responsible for leading various sourcing and procurement activities around Capital Equipment, Facilities Service, Medical and Laboratory Supplies and various other category spends associated with a medical and research organization. Successful candidates must be self-starters who can effectively contend with ambiguity, communicate clearly and have a proven track record of delivering results. Experience should include, but not be limited to, product category management, supplier relationship management and development, commercial negotiations, procurement process management and improvement, opportunity analytics, and a clear working knowledge of current supply chain management trends.

The Strategic Sourcing Analyst will be an advocate for product standardization will look for opportunities to get the best value at the best price.  The Analyst is expected to work persuasively with users to consider alternate products to attain better economics including consolidating demand versus purchasing items on a “one-off” basis.   The Analyst will work across organization lines to find sourcing opportunities that may not be seen by a single entity.  Is responsible for all needs identified by customers (user departments) including specification of supplies and equipment, placing and expediting orders, securing installation and delivery as well as assuring proper payment by Accounts Payable.  This role includes working with operational stakeholders across City of Hope, participation with other teams on strategic integration and implementation efforts in support of Supply Chain initiatives. Incumbent will be required to negotiate as necessary and responsible for making purchases that are in the best interest of the organization. The nature of the job demands that the Analyst is able to act in an independent nature and make crucial decisions during the process and act as a liaison and maintain close contact and relationship between the customer and supply partners.


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