Senior Contract Manager

Date: Apr 26, 2024

Location: Baltimore, MD, US, 21220

Company: STENAHCM20

About Us:
Middle River Aerostructure Systems is a world-leading manufacturer of thrust reversers (the braking system on a jet engine), engine nacelle components and specialized aerostructures. It supplies and supports these products for engine makers, airplane manufacturers and aircraft operators. Located on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay near Baltimore, MRAS has a 1.7-million sq. ft. facility situated on 180 acres – where the company and its predecessors have designed, built and equipped civil and military aircraft for over 90 years. In 2019, MRAS was acquired by ST Engineering North America, the U.S. affiliate of Singapore-based ST Engineering – becoming a part of its global network of aerospace facilities and offices. With the ownership change, the company was renamed Middle River Aerostructure Systems.



Job Summary:  

With minimal supervision and as a Contracts subject matter expert, serve as an advisor to the business on a wide range complex issues and train, mentor and develop other Contracts personnel. This position will support US domestic and international commercial programs, US Government Programs, maintain SAM.Gov website, negotiate agreements, and implement legal and business strategies to support company objectives. The successful candidate will be highly creative, a critical thinker, problem solver, and convey complex issues in a concise manner. Ensures functional activity is performed in compliance with company policies and procedures and applicable laws and regulations. Must maintain excellent communication skills and be able to work effectively with others at all levels of the organization.


Essential Responsibility:  

The ideal candidate will have broad, in depth demonstrated experience in Contract Management and Compliance and will, at a minimum:

  • ­Be a subject matter expert in developing, drafting, interpreting, and negotiating US Government, commercial, and international contracts.
  • ­ Knowledgeable with FAR/DFARS/UCC/Incoterms
  • ­ Lead the pre and post contract award process to flow down terms and conditions and customer requirements to functional organizations.
  • ­ Have working knowledge and understanding on international trade compliance (ITAR/EAR)
  • ­ Be able to prioritize high impact activities concurrently.
  • ­ Lead continuous process improvements of policies and procedures as they relate to the Contracts and Compliance functions.
  • ­ Apply both tactical and strategic thinking and strong business acumen in resolving business issues.
  • ­ Perform due diligence reviews on new business opportunities, and conduct risk assessments and risk mitigation approaches on terms and conditions. 
  • ­ Advise management of contractual obligations and rights to mitigate risk and protect company business interests.
  • ­ Support new business pursuits and existing contracts.
  • ­ Support development of and conduct Contracts training 
  • ­ Interface with DCAA/DCMA including pre and post audits.
  • ­ Support drafting teaming agreements, NDA’s, and license agreements 
  • ­ Be proficient with Microsoft, SAP, Excel, Word, Outlook and other software applications.
  • ­ Build and maintain strong, positive relationships with internal and external customers.
  • ­ Maintain strong analytical and negotiation skills.
  • ­ Develop contracting templates for standard agreements and other compliance tools.
  • ­ Support new business proposal activity.
  • ­ Manage various types of contracts, including, fixed price, T&M, and cost reimbursable contracts.
  • ­ Other Contracts and Compliance related support activities as necessary.


Bachelor's degree in Business or Engineering from an accredited university or college. Minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in US Government, commercial, and international Contract Negotiation and Management. Prefer candidate with CPCM, CFCM, or CCCM professional certification, MBA, or JD. 


Job Characteristics:  

  • Experience in Export and Regulatory compliance is highly preferred.  
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems.
  • Ability to influence cross functional teams.
  • Creative problem solving.
  • Consistently delivers on commitments and meeting timelines.
  • Sound judgement.
  • Customer interfacing experience.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Highest degree of ethics and integrity.
  • Experience in aerospace (long-term contracts), defense, and/or aviation industry preferred.



MRAS is an equal opportunity employer and service provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation or belief, or any other protected class. We are committed to the principles of Equal Opportunity Employment and are dedicated to making employment decisions based on merit and value.


Nearest Major Market: Baltimore