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Team Lead, Contracts

Company: Draper Laboratory
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:


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

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

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


The Senior Lead Contracts Administrator of National Security & Space Contracts provides leadership and direction to direct reports and members of the contracts team. You will build and maintain internal and external customer satisfaction; focus on business results and emphasize a team approach to provide world class contracts support. Responsibilities include cradle to grave oversight of contract administration and utilizing metrics to monitor performance and risk across a diverse portfolio of US Government Contracts. The Senior Lead Contracts Administrator works closely with Programs, Finance, and Legal to maintain and improve a cross-functional contract management process.

Key Responsibilities

  • Proposal support and negotiation, post- award contract administration, scope management, interface with key subcontractors and contract closeout. Providing guidance and advice to Draper programmatic and technical staff regarding contract interpretation issues, contract scope issues, and other contract- related matters.
  • Review and evaluate customer requests for proposal or revisions to contracts; provides risk assessments and offers alternative approaches to mitigate risks, including alternative contractual language; evaluates and coordinates proposals; investigates and reconciles significant contract changes involving cost, specifications, schedules, etc.
  • Develops and applies solutions to complex problems which require the regular use a high degree of ingenuity, creativity, and innovation.
  • Building and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external customers, including US Government contract officers and the DCMA administrative contracting officers.
  • Guide & mentor direct reports in the proper application of Government contract management principles including FAR & DFAR interpretation, TINA Requirements, and cost principles. Develop and implement effective training plans and foster an environment of continuous learning.


  • Minimum 7+ years' experience in Federal Government contract administration and negotiations, or acquisitions.
  • Deep understanding and familiarity with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Department of Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), including intellectual property rules, candidates without FAR/DFAR experience will not be considered.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to effectively interact at all levels within the organization and with external customers. Writing sample required.
  • Experience leading and influencing teams, supervising direct reports and providing performance feedback.
  • BA/BS required, MA/MBA/JD preferred.
  • Ability to obtain a US secret clearance which requires proof of US citizenship.

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