Contracts Administrator 3

Job Location US-MA-Cambridge
Posted Date 1 month ago(2/8/2018 5:45 PM)
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This position serves as an integral member of the Contracts, Subcontracts, Procurement & Property (CSPP) department.  CSPP strives to provide both its internal and external customers with solution-oriented leadership and guidance and is focused on achieving the strategic objectives of the organization while balancing risk and regulatory compliance.  The ideal candidate has an interest in contributing to the success of the entire CSPP department in a fast-paced, multifaceted environment. 


Responsibilities will include interfacing with potential and current customers, submitting proposals, reviewing proposed terms and conditions, negotiating agreements, monitoring performance and closing out agreements. Applicant should have a keen interest in business/contract law, excellent communication skills, and the ability to develop recommendations to senior staff to support solutions to moderate to complex problems.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Program teams and senior leadership to prepare and submit compliant proposals, to include reviewing content, pricing structure, IP assertions and risk management strategy.
  • Lead negotiations for agreements of moderate complexity, such as mid-sized government contracts or grants, evaluation/materials transfer agreements, and small commercial agreements.
  • Identify terms and conditions that deviate from company policy. Support senior CSPP staff in developing and presenting risk mitigation approaches/recommendations to senior management.
  • Create and manage assigned agreements in the Draper system of record and other repositories.
  • Assist with the Contract Award Kickoff Presentation to be presented to key stakeholders. (For CA JD)
  • Provide guidance on aspects of assigned agreements and grants to ensure conformance with agreement terms and company policy while maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction.

  • Monitor performance and collect documentation for the satisfaction of agreement requirements.

  • Complete invention disclosures, data rights assertions and other forms required by agreements.

  • Assist senior management with reporting data and compiling audit information as required.

  • Serve as a customer interface for assigned agreements during the full life-cycle of a program. Support senior staff in interfacing with customers on high-profile agreements.

  • Research issues of moderate complexity and provide recommendations for resolution.

  • Assist with special projects that require significant skill, knowledge, and business acumen.

  • Special assignments and cross-training ((Sub)contracts, Procurement, Property) is encouraged.



  • Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years of relevant experience; experience in an Intellectual Property-intensive environment (e.g., engineering/technology company, technology transfer office).
  • MA/MBA/JD preferred.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of contract types.
  • Knowledge of both government and commercial contracting processes and considerations.
  • Able to handle multiple assignments and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to quickly understand processes and ensure adherence to the same.
  • Must be able to deploy a systematic approach to work, and must have an aptitude for performing work functions in a timely and well organized manner with limited oversight.
  • Must be able to support senior CSPP staff in executive-level meetings.
  • Must possess excellent problem solving and communication skills that can be deployed to collaborate effectively with different functional teams on a variety of topics.
  • Must be able to successfully perform on assignments where errors in judgement or failure to achieve results would normally require a moderate expenditure of resources to rectify.
  • Must possess excellent problem solving and communication skills that can be deployed to collaborate effectively with different functional teams on a variety of topics.
  • Proficient in Excel and MS Word.  
  • US Citizen with ability to attain a government security clearance.



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