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Aerojet Rocketdyne Senior Manager, Contract Administration in Huntsville, Alabama


Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader providing propulsion and energetics to its space, missile defense, strategic, tactical missile and armaments customers throughout domestic and international markets.

We are currently seeking an experienced Senior Manager to join our Contract Administration team in Huntsville, AL.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

The Senior Manager of Contracts will negotiate and administer complex contracts, accomplishing results through the supervision of a team of Contract Analysts/Specialists. Establishes policies and procedures. This position functions as mentor and advisor on all projects and tasks assigned to the organizational group. This position is critical to ensuring the early identification and mitigation of contractual risk, as well as the review and resolution of issues affecting the Company’s compliance with contracts, government regulations and internal directives and procedures.

25% - Determines priorities, goals, and objectives for the team; plans for successful completion of assigned proposals and contracts; delegates work assignments; provides guidance and direction to team and other functional organizations based on company objectives, directives and procedures; conducts task-oriented training, specialized subject training and promotes the professional development of direct reports; evaluates employee performance against established goals; and leads special projects as assigned and supports both internal and external audit activities.

20% - Oversees and tracks proposal activities, including the development of proposal assumptions, conditions and revisions to contract language; expedites the proposal review and timely submission of proposals; stays informed about fact-finding and discussions; assists with developing negotiation strategy; ensures scope is defined; assures compliance with technical/schedule requirements; drives closing of contract negotiations and contract formation.

20% - Oversees contract administration activities, with emphasis on change management, adherence to contract requirements, on-time delivery/performance, cash flow management and administrative closeout. Ensures that transactions are sufficiently documented to maintain a complete record of decisions made, actions taken and approvals obtained in accordance with company directives and procedures.

20% - Directly responsible for the submittal of proposals, leading contract negotiations and administering contracts for complex, high value proposals and contracts which are critical to the business unit’s objectives.

15% - Establishes and maintains business relationships with key customers and engages in proactive communications to ensure that customers are apprised of the status of pending proposal submissions, contract deliveries and issues which may impact contract performance.


Requires Bachelor's degree in a business-related discipline and 14 years of progressively responsible experience as a Contracts Manager (or equivalent title) in the aerospace & defense industry or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level. Must be able to satisfy federal government requirements for access to government information, and having dual citizenship may preclude you from being able to meet this requirement.

Additional Requirements:

  • Management experience with demonstrated leadership skills, including the ability to plan, organize, coordinate, direct and control the activities of the assigned organization and interface effectively with senior and executive management.

  • Hands-on experience negotiating and administering complex business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-government (B2G) sales contracts with external customers (prime contractors or U.S. Government), with the express authority to sign proposals and contracts on behalf of the company.

  • Exhibit a solid understanding of contracting principles, practices, rules, regulations and procedures of government/defense, including the laws and regulations governing federal, commercial and international business transactions, i.e., federal acquisition regulations (FAR), the sale of commercial items in the federal market, applicable export regulations (ITAR/EAR), etc.

  • Exhibit a strong knowledge of types of contracts and terms & conditions which are common to the federal, commercial and international marketplace.

  • Foster ethical conduct at all times and exhibit the personal integrity required to attract and retain customers in a highly competitive market.

  • Excellent communications skills and the ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.

Work Environment/Physical Requirements:

Employees in these positions must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; stamina to sit and to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 15 pounds; may require minimal walking, climbing, stooping, crouching, and/or bending; and vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. May require the ability to travel by air or auto. May require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, and shop coat. These positions may be expected to work varying shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.

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We consider the consistent demonstration of positive, cooperative, self-motivated, courteous and professional behavior to be an essential function of every position. While different positions have different primary areas of responsibility and technical expertise, everyone needs to work as a team, and we expect all employees to contribute as necessary to get the job done.

Unless otherwise stated in the requirements section of an individual job listing, our positions require U.S. Citizenship, U.S. Permanent Residency, or other status as a U.S. Person as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3).

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disability.

Individuals with a disability requiring accommodation during the application and/or theinterview process should e-mail the Human Resources Department at

Location US-AL-Huntsville

Job ID 16673

Zip 35806

Category Contract Administration