Open Position

Government Contracts Manager

Kongsberg - Lynnwood, Washington

Are You?

  • Passionate about working in a people and values-driven advanced technology company?
  • A practical government contracts manager who enjoys a collaborative team environment of sharing ideas and a dedication to technical excellence?
  • Curious to always find a better way of doing things and pushing the boundaries of what is possible?


This is a Position Where You’ll Be on the Technical Frontlines of the Global Maritime Industry

Our client, Kongsberg Maritime, is seeking a Government Contracts Manager who will be responsible for ensuring compliance with current contracts and improving prospects for future government contracts. Kongsberg Maritime has a significant portfolio of government programs and an attractive sales pipeline. These government programs are organized under the Programs function and include execution of programs within Government, Navy, Academic, Research & Commercial Survey Vessels, Hydrographic & Ocean Science markets. The ideal candidate will get a thrill from playing a pivotal role in contributing to the company’s continued success while upholding Kongsberg’s values of Determination, Innovation, Collaboration, and Reliability. This position reports directly to the Vice President of Programs. Ideally located at Kongsberg’s Lynnwood, Washington office. Kongsberg will also consider a remote setup or Kongsberg’s Houston or New Orleans offices. Our oceans play a critical part in the fragile global ecosystem and KONGSBERG’s innovative technologies and commitment to sustainability help protect them. Sustainability is at the heart of everything KONGSBERG does. Founded in Norway in 1814, the Kongsberg Group boasts more than 200 years of business and advanced engineering excellence and employs around 11,000 employees in more than 40 countries. For inspiration and more info watch this video and visit: www.kongsberg.com/maritime


What You’ll Be Doing…more specifically

  • Assist the Sales Team in the interpretation of the solicitation including FAR/DFARS and other terms and conditions during the bid and proposal phase
  • Identify risks and any new or emerging requirements in solicitations, provide recommendations and solutions to mitigate risk, and ensure compliance
  • Assist with determining which FAR/DFARS are negotiable and support organization to negotiations or waivers, as applicable
  • Ensure the teams executing the contract understand and execute all contractual requirements, which include Project Managers, Supply Chain, and other Business Support including HR, Finance, and Legal
  • Determine flow down contract requirements for subcontractors, flow down requirements from prime contractors, and work with the Supply Chain Team to ensure compliance
  • Educate Business Support, HR, Finance, and legal teams on FAR/DFARS requirements and partner with these teams to develop the proper plans, processes, procedures, training, and security to maintain compliance
  • Take a proactive approach to pending and future updates and changes to the FAR and DFARS, ensure KM will qualify for future contracts
  • Act as a lead internal auditor for KM government contract compliance during the execution phase
  • Deliver world-class performance and develop strong customer relationships while also supporting internal stakeholders
  • FAR Part 12 commercial item acquisition subject matter expert


What We Expect from You

Your Work Experience & Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business Administration, or Legal
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen per federal contract
  • Meet criteria for US government security clearance, current or previous security clearance preferred
  • Ten or more years of contracting experience in the defense, research, engineering, or shipbuilding industries
  • Five or more years of experience negotiating, executing, and closing out complex US Government contracts and subcontracts
  • Working knowledge of the Buy American Act and other US content requirements
  • Experience working with supplies and services subject to export controls
  • Working knowledge of CUI and CMMC requirements
  • Experience with US Government reporting requirements including Reporting Executive Compensation, Service Contract Reporting, VETS-4212
  • Experience as a contracts manager or in the supply chain for a US defense contractor or experience as a US Government contracting officer or contracts specialist
  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time including internationally (valid passport required)


Your Skills, Traits & Style

  • Structured mindset and work methodology, with strong attention to detail
  • Outstanding English communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written
  • Excellent internal and external stakeholder management skills
  • High level of customer service skills
  • Positive attitude and ability to work well with other departments, product centers, and regional offices
  • Analytical with an affinity to complex problem solving and time-management
  • Self-sufficient and pragmatic—you get things done
  • Committed and reliable


What we offer:

  • A competitive compensation
  • Excellent health care benefits and 401 K Plan and Tuition Reimbursement
  • A creative and innovative environment where individuals truly make a difference
  • Working with state-of-the-art technology and products
  • Personal and professional development in an international environment
  • Excellent technical and personal challenges


COVID-19 policy: Throughout the pandemic, Kongsberg has made it a top priority to keep its employees safe from COVID-19. Consistent with its duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of recognized hazards, Kongsberg Maritime has adopted a policy to safeguard the health and well-being of employees and their families, their customers and visitors, others who spend time in their facilities, customer installations, and the community from the risks associated with COVID-19. Candidates should be aware that Kongsberg Maritime Inc. (or KUTL) requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated. All job offers will be contingent upon providing proof of vaccination on or before the first day of employment.

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