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Senior Contracts Administrator

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Broomfield, CO, US, 80020

Date:  Mar 13, 2023
Job Category:  Finance
Req. ID:  26974

Ball Aerospace is powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus. We pioneer discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most. We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely.


At our core, we're passionate, committed people who believe together we can achieve extraordinary things. We work collaboratively with each other, our customers and partners to solve the world's greatest challenges. That means listening to one another, providing feedback and partnering across all levels. We value our inclusive culture where everyone is heard equally and creativity thrives. Each team member is fully invested in our mission and we bring an energy to work every day that propels our business and motivates us all to Go Beyond.®


For more information, visit Ball Aerospace Career Site or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


The Finance Strategic Capabilities Unit delivers the expertise and business acumen to increase value across the enterprise by providing actionable information with recommendations and opportunities to drive sustainable business growth.


Senior Contracts Administrator


As a Senior Contracts Administrator within the National Defense (ND) contracts department, reporting to a Manager, Contracts, you will assume individual contributor responsibilities as described below.


What You'll Do:


  • As an individual contributor, provide contract negotiation and administration on a variety of programs encompassing all phases of the contract life cycle (pre-proposal - contract close out).  
  • Responsible for collaborating with other employees in the department, cross-functionally and with program personnel, and for establishing effective and positive relationships with customers. 
  • Review contracts and related documents to assess risk to the company and recommend mitigation approaches and ensure compliance with various federal regulations and Ball Aerospace policy.
  • Provide contract administration functions in accordance with company policies, legal requirements, and customer specifications.
  • Work with program and customer management to determine and meet program requirements.
  • May form and administer contracts.
  • Review and interpret contracts, modifications and change orders; prepare contract review records and obtain necessary management approvals.
  • Recommend and implement negotiation strategies and techniques.
  • Participate in contract-negotiating team.
  • Participate in change proposals and their negotiations.
  • Prepare presentations for program and customer management review.
  • Prepare sales and profit accruals.
  • Participate in the development of contract systems and procedures.
  • Develop and provide required information to Supply Chain and Program Management organizations.
  • Prepare and maintain required contract administration documentation in accordance with company procedures and government regulations.
  • May act as official company liaison for and resolve contract matters with customer management.
  • Coordinate the work of and assist in the training of other contract administrators.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Capabilities Units and the Company. Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.


What You'll Need: 


  • BS/BA in a related field plus 8 or more years related experience.
  • Each higher-level degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience. Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education. Degree must be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education.
  • Business related Master's Degree preferred.
  • 8 or more years of hands-on experience in Federal government contracts related work preferred.
  • Government and Commercial (domestic and international desirable) contracts experience.
  • Ability to prioritize and handle several tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work a variety of complex issues at one time.
  • Excellent communications skills, computer fluency, and agile and effective negotiator with clear oral and written explanations required.
  • A demonstrated background of legal, business, regulatory, and programmatic aspects of federal government prime and subcontract management preferred.
  • Experience with major aerospace primes/subs preferred.
  • Broad experience in working with customer RFPs to include terms/conditions, Reps & Certs, negotiation strategies, Price Negotiation Memorandums, and negotiations, including the Truth In Negotiation Act (TINA) preferred.
  • Experience with various contract fee arrangements (award and incentive fee contracts), cost reimbursement, fixed price, and T&M contracts preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Excel and Word applications.
  • CPCM certification preferred.
  • Experience with cost reimbursable, award fee and incentive fee contracts.
  • Experience with Firm Fixed Price contracts.
  • Experience with DOD and major Aerospace primes preferred.
  • Experience in developing and implementing negotiation strategies.
  • Leadership skills with strong conflict resolution skills in a changing environment.
  • A current, active TS/SCI security clearance preferred.


Flexible On-Site Work Environment: This position requires regular in-person engagement by working on-site for three or more days per work week. Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.


Working Conditions:


  • Ball Aerospace is a drug-free workplace, which is imperative to the health and safety of all employees and is required as a condition of receiving contracts from federal agencies. Please remember that regardless of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and other states, possession and use continues to be illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. This includes the use of some CBD products. A post-offer, pre-employment drug test is a condition of employment.
  • Work is performed in an office environment, laboratory, cleanroom, or production floor. 


A current DoD clearance and/or SCI access with Polygraph is not required to be eligible for this position, however applicant must be willing and eligible for submission within 60-90 days after an offer is accepted and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance/access.  By applying to this position, you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire to evaluate your general ability to obtain the required security clearance or government customer access associated with this position.


Relocation for this position is available.


Compensation & Benefits:


  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $91,500 - $124,500 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
  • This position includes a competitive benefits package. For details, copy and paste into your browser or visit our careers site.




Ball Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.


Nearest Major Market: Denver

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