Lead Subcontracts Administrator

Job Location US-MA-Cambridge
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/26/2022 11:25 AM)
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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit www.draper.com.


Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now www.draper.com/careers.



Equal Employment Opportunity

Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.   We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.   


Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact hr@draper.com.



Draper Laboratory is looking for an experienced Lead Subcontract  Administrator with a strong background in research and development subcontract solicitation, analysis, creation, negotiation, award and post award responsibilities to join their team in Cambridge, MA. Responsibilities include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Perform subcontract management functions in support of U.S. Government & Commercial Contracts as well as International and Commercial Contracts
  • Solicit domestic and international subcontractors, supporting various award types and take a lead role on fact finding, proposal analysis and risk assessment
  • Mentor a team that administers high dollar CPFF, CPIF, LOE, T&M and FFP effort.
  • Manage tactical and strategic aspects of subcontract relationship, which includes interface with technical and contract organizations, such as Program Management, Program Office, and Contracts
  • Issue modifications, solicit Engineering Change Proposals, issue Stop Work Orders and review Prime Contract modifications to include relevant changes in subcontract modifications
  • Develop solutions to problems of unusual complexity that require a high degree of ingenuity, creativity, and innovation
  • Be the focal point for subcontractor performance. Includes: RFP generation, Review adequacy of requirements flow-down, delivery, payments and all contractual terms; Purchase order Placement and maintenance; Subcontract performance monitoring and completion assessments
  • Ability to develop sound business cases, and analyze large volumes of data
  • Communicate clearly, strong writing skills, be proactive in a very fast paced environment, flexible, innovative, work with speed and agility yet be thorough, and drive tasks to completion


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree with 10 years of experience or a Master's Degree with 8 years of experience or High School diploma/equivalent with 14 years of experience in subcontracts management, contracts management, procurement, proposal price/cost analysis, strategic sourcing, and/or industry related areas
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage competing priorities, deadlines, and resolve contractual conflicts in a fast paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to lead process and procedural improvement activities
  • Experience leading or mentoring subcontract teams
  • Direct experience creating, negotiating and awarding Cost Reimbursement, Cost Plus Fixed Fee, and Firm Fixed Price Research and Development subcontracts
  • Direct experience creating subcontracts based on Prime Contract terms and conditions including agency unique terms and conditions
  • Senior level experience and  working knowledge of FAR/DFARS regulations
  • Experience interfacing with internal and external customers and all levels of management including willingness to interact directly with subcontractors
  • Experience soliciting, evaluating and documenting cost and price proposals
  • Experience with license agreements and long term pricing agreements
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to learn and effectively apply new tools, processes and procedures
  • Ability to travel domestically, if required
  • Ability to attain S or TS Clearance, as required





Employees may be eligible for additional performance based compensation that is reviewed on a quarterly bases as a part of the Draper Performance Based Bonus Program.


The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 (https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/) we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

This position requires either a U.S. Person or a Non-U.S. Person who is eligible to obtain any required Export Authorization.





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