Reporting to the Contracts Manager and under general direction, the Senior Contracts Specialist will provide technical and administrative contracts support to scientific and administrative staff in support of the Institute's mission.
The Senior Contracts Specialist will provide end-to-end execution of Federal and commercial contracts by ensuring compliance with Institute policies, Federal regulations affecting grants, competitive contracts and/or solicitations, and the terms of commercial contracts. Will review and ensure accuracy of pricing data of budgets, review contractual documents and agreements, make recommendations about best practices for contract compliance, and assist the Contracts Manager with all other related contractual administration duties and tasks as required or assigned.
Will also generate and complete pre and post award documents including but not limited to, Service Agreements, Work Order, Delivery and Task Orders, Amendments and shall conduct customer contract reviews as necessary.
Will work in a fast paced, team-oriented environment and will provide general direction and support to junior specialists, and may assist with oversight of the Office of Research Contracts (ORC) in the absence of the Contracts Manager.
Requires a bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Accounting, Public, or related field and 4+ years of directly related professional-level contract administration experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been attained.
The Senior Contracts Specialist must have demonstrated experience working in a commercial or Federal contracting environment and a fundamental understanding of standard best practices surrounding contractual agreements. Must be able to perform basic mathematical calculations on budget and proposal reviews in Excel and other similar software products and have the ability to independently explain financial data to management and scientific personnel as needed.
This position requires a fundamental understanding of and previous experience applying contractual regulations including, but not limited to, FAR, DFARS and Federal cost principles contained in 2 CFR 200. Basic knowledge of and experience with the Institute's major funding agencies—NIH, DOD, NSF, DHS—is strongly preferred.
Must have superior professional-level written and verbal communication skills; a high degree of professionalism, excellent judgment, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Demonstrated ability in managing a wide variety of complex tasks and projects simultaneously while meeting multiple deadlines is required. Must have the ability to work independently or as a part of a team and have computer proficiency with Microsoft Office and the ability to learn department-specific computer systems as needed.
Experience with Pro-Pricer or other similar budgeting databases as well as experience in a research environment and knowledge of government acquisitions is strongly preferred.
Internal Number: 2020-1322
About Lovelace Biomedical Research Institute
Lovelace Biomedical is a not-for-profit contract research organization with a rich history of helping its pharmaceutical and biotechnology partners achieve great things. Over nearly seven decades, we have built a reputation for leveraging a multidisciplinary toolset to push the limits of preclinical research all while offering a streamlined customer experience, with fast, direct and personal access to our industry-leading scientific experts.
Our common-sense organizational structure enables quick turnaround on proposals and contracts, and the ability to adapt our business process to our clients’ unique research needs.
Located on an expansive bio-secure facility in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico, we are equipped to handle just about any preclinical program, from investigational gene therapies to infectious disease solutions. We work hard to understand your goals and get you to where you need to be.
Importantly, as a not-for-profit research institute, we are beholden to science and not shareholders. We invest generously in basic science and cutting-edge technologies so that we can help you accomplish your research objectives, no matter how complex.