Senior Federal Contracts Specialist - Military Services Group Job at American Water Company, Camden, NJ

  • American Water Company
  • Camden, NJ

Job Description

Requisition ID: 106279

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People are the heart of our business. As an American Water employee, you will be offered a competitive salary and health benefits package, along with opportunities to develop, grow, and evolve your career. Our benefits packages focus on key areas such as health & wellness, emotional & well-being, and savings for current & future goals.

We are Beautifully Different. We strongly believe having diversity across our company makes us more successful and helps us provide essential services to our customers. We are stronger because we embrace different ideas, viewpoints, experiences, and backgrounds. American Water is the best choice for your next role! Click here for more information on our inclusion, diversity, and equity journey.

About American Water

American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the United States. With a history dating back to 1886, We Keep Life Flowing by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people across 14 regulated jurisdictions and 18 military installations. American Water's 6,500 talented professionals leverage their significant expertise and the company's national size and scale to achieve excellent outcomes for the benefit of customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders.

As one of the fastest growing utilities in the U.S., American Water expects to invest $30 to $34 billion in infrastructure repairs and replacement, system resiliency and regulated acquisitions over the next 10 years. The company has a long-standing history of executing its core operations, aligned with sustainable best practices, through its commitments to safety, affordability, customer service, protecting the environment, an inclusive workforce and strengthening communities.

American Water has been recognized on the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Indexfor the fifth consecutive year, ranked 18th on Barron's 100 Most Sustainable U.S. Companies 2023 List, earned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act designation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense Excellence Award, among additional state, local and national recognitions.

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Primary Role

* Leads the administration and management of contracts between the company and the federal government.

* Interfaces with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and Army Mission Installation Contracting Command (MICC) to transact routine contracting actions and work the resolution of complex contracting actions.

* Leads MSG growth efforts, within both Utilities Privatization and other federal business development areas, as assigned. Growth responsibilities include reviewing solicitation documentation, evaluating solicitation requirements and conditions, providing strategic input into contract negotiations and written submittals, and leading overall proposal efforts in assigned areas.

* Partners with senior operational management in dealing with federal contracting issues across MSG's existing contract portfolio, including providing research and input on contract requirements, Federal Acquisition Regulations, and contract compliance, and develop strategic solutions to complex federal contracting issues.

* Manages the development and sustainment of a federal contracts administration system that is maintained in accordance with all federal contracting laws and regulations.

Key Accountabilities

* Interface with internal and external stakeholders to negotiate, review and process federal contract modifications, and process routine and non-routine federal contract transactions, across MSG's existing contract portfolio.

* Partner with senior operational management and business leadership to develop strategic positions with regards to complex or unique federal contract issues, supported by in-depth technical research, knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations, and federal contracting compliance subject-matter expertise.

* Lead negotiations with the federal government on complex contracting issues.

* Leads the development and management of the company's federal contract administration system in accordance with applicable laws and best practices.

* Provide strategic leadership in the support to business growth activities within MSG, across various areas of the US federal government. Responsibilities include reviewing solicitation documentation, evaluating solicitation requirements and conditions, developing bid-to-win strategies, providing strategic input into contract negotiations and written submittals/proposals, and coordinating proposal development and submission on assigned opportunities.

* Working with the Director, Regulatory Compliance, ensure the company is maintaining full compliance with all federal contracting laws and regulations, in accordance with MSG's Federal Compliance System.

* Periodically monitor and audit various compliance program elements. Lead the implementation of systems, processes and controls to ensure a robust and sustainable compliance program is in place.

* Develop and provide training to company employees on compliance topics as a trusted subject matter expert.


* Familiarity with DoD's Utility Privatization program specifically, and government contracting generally.

* Strong knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations.

* Ability to work and thrive in multi-disciplinary teams.

* Ability to lead change in business process across multi-functional teams

* Excellent written, proof-reading, and verbal communication skills.

* Ability to build productive working relationships with customers and employees. Ability to lead negotiations with the federal government on complex contracting issues.

* Ability to tailor communication and messaging with varying levels of the organization.

* Ability to manage and prioritize several projects simultaneously.

* Excellent quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills.

* Excellent attention to detail.

* Ability to identify process improvement opportunities and engage in leading and implementing improvements.

* Capable of being entrusted with "Confidential" information.

* Highly motivated and innovative; self-starter

* Proficiency in MS Office products, especially Word, PowerPoint and Excel.


* Minimum 3 years' of applied experience with federal contract management, ideally within the utilities privatization or related field.

* Experience working directly with the Defense Logistics Agency, or other federal government contracting office(s)

* Experience writing and analyzing business development proposals.

* Bachelor's degree in business, Contract Administration, Political Science, or related degree (or relevant experience).

* Certifications or formal training/education in Federal Acquisition Regulations/Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations or federal government contracting (preferred).

Travel Requirements

* Less than 10%.

Work Environment

* Hybrid schedule at our Camden Headquarters: 3 days in the office, 2 days remote.


* Champions safety

* Customer obsessed

* Cultivates innovation

* Nimble learning

* Drives Results

* Collaborates

Join American Water...We Keep Life Flowing

American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because they are an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.

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