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Principal Contracts Specialist

Mesa, AZ

Job Description

Job ID: AMC20181704-45142

Orbital ATK is seeking a Principal Contracts Specialist for our Mesa, AZ location.

With annual revenues in of nearly $4.5 billion, over 12,000 employees, and operations in about 20 states, Orbital ATK is a company on the move. Our mission is to ensure that our customers accomplish their mission — whether it’s a technological breakthrough, a satellite launch, or protecting our nation. The company is the world’s leading supplier of solid rocket motors, a leading provider of launch vehicles, satellites and other space systems, and the nation’s largest manufacturer of ammunition.

This position participates in and/or conducts proposal preparation, contract negotiation, contract administration, and customer contact activities to provide for proper contract acquisition and fulfillment in accordance with company policies, legal requirements, and customer specifications.

Relocation may be considered.

Job Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Contract Structure and Business Terms:

  • Provide contract management support as directed by Manager of Contracts on assigned programs. This includes basic contract management tasks from proposal/pursuit phase through contract execution and closeout.
  • Develop a clear understanding of customer and program requirements that harmonize with OA business strategy to ensure contract structure and business terms are aligned with both.
  • Revise terms and conditions to address provisions and risks of financial terms, acceptance criteria, delivery requirements, warranty, intellectual property, termination, indemnification and all other potential risk areas and recommend risk mitigation strategies.
  • Identify business risks associated with contract in partnership with mission assurance.
  • Ensure flow down of required terms and conditions to subcontractors and that subcontractor terms and conditions are appropriate for the work being performed in relation to the prime contract.
  • Assist Program Manager in communication and meetings with internal and external customers
  • Prepare      and manage written communications with internal and external customers for assigned contractual matters


  • Lead the development of a comprehensive negotiation strategy/plan working in conjunction with Program Team.
  • Define negotiation parameters through delegation process (including goals/limits)/
  • Execute cost or pricing data certificate when required.
  • Lead the delegation process, ensuring proper delegation package is created and proper sign-offs are obtained.

Financial Performance:

  • Establish equitable payment terms, facilitate timely payments through coordinated oversight with Finance of invoicing process and ensuring customer compliance with contractual payment terms.
  • Implement the change management process and coordinate with Program Management to ensure compliance.
  • Monitor contract cost performance with Program Management and Finance.
  • Assist Program Manager in achieving company financial goals for sales, EBIT and cash flow.

Technical Performance:

  • Ensure compliance with program schedule as outlined in contracts.
  • Following contract award communicate (together with Program Manager) contract, program, schedule and SOW requirements to program team.
  • Under the supervision of the Manager of Contracts, develop solutions to complex contractual matters to ensure company compliance with contract requirements.
  • Enter contract data into Deltek CostPoint system.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Related Field required. CPCM certification preferred.
  • 9 years of Contract Management experience preferred or related educational training
  • International Contracts Management experience, including Middle East, strongly preferred
  • Able to travel 10-25%, both domestically and internationally, required
  • Middle East in-country experience preferred
  • Ability to work in a matrix environment on assigned tasks
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and meet due dates as assigned by managers
  • Experience in international negotiation of direct commercial sales contracts
  • Excellent written, verbal, and computer skills with a strong ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers
  • Ability to quickly understand and learn contract management and regulatory requirements
  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasks after receiving direction from manager
  • Security regulations require that the individual must be a U.S. Citizen and must have the ability to obtain a DoD security  clearance

Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in ammunition, precision and strike weapons, missile-warning solutions, and tactical rocket motors across air, sea and land-based systems. We are the largest U.S. producer of small-caliber ammunition, as well as a leading producer of medium- and large-caliber ammunition and medium-caliber gun systems. Orbital ATK Defense Systems also develops advanced capabilities for missile-defense interceptors, fuzing and warheads, weaponized special-mission aircraft, and propulsion/controls.

If you are a dynamic, successful, driven professional, Orbital ATK is the company that will further your experience and career growth. We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including, medical, dental, 401k, tuition reimbursement, and much more.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Job Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: 8-10 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Operations
Group: Defense