Government Contracts Manager

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work e perform. In return, we'll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.



Job Summary

We are seeking a Government Contracts Manager for our Research Models & Services Team located in Fredrick, MD.

The primary responsibility of this role is to function horizontally across all Business and Corporate functions with the goal of harmonizing and streamlining Charles River's contracting activities involving government agencies, towards improving compliance management and government relations, thereby reducing risk.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Monitors government contract activities and works with each business unit to ensure compliance with requirements for all US Government contracts.  Ensures accurate, timely, and complete submission of all required reporting and other deliverables.

  • Develops and implements processes and procedures to enable seamless execution of contract deliverables across all business units.

  • Supports interaction with Contracting Officers across all business units.

  • Maintains official contract repository for contracts, modifications and critical correspondence; prepares, organizes and maintains contract records and files documenting contract performance and compliance.

  • Serves as primary internal contact for informational requests regarding contractual rights and obligations.

  • Monitors program level risk/problem analysis and offer resolutions and mitigations.

  • Oversees centralized tracking and reporting of Government Property.

  • Provides guidance to all relevant parties regarding contract-specific requirements (deliverables), and terms and conditions.

  • Liaises with business units during bid and post award regarding implementation requirements; participates in the bid process as needed or requested.

  • Coordinates and partners with procurement and operations to support Small Business Subcontracting Plans and reporting.

The following are minimum requirements related to the Government Contracts Manager position.

  • Education:  Bachelor's degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in Business Administration or other relevant discipline. 

  • Experience:  Five or more years' experience in government contract management roles.

    • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

  • Position requires independent judgment and analysis of significant issues including resolution recommendations.

  • Ability to perform in complex cross-functional business environment. Proven management and delegation ability.

  • Working knowledge of FAR regulations.

  • Certification: Certified Contract Manager preferred.

  • Other:  None.


About Research Models & Services
Fundamental to basic research and discovery is the use of in vivo models to help identify disease targets and determine potential biological pathways that regulate the condition.  As the world's leader in the production and distribution of the highest quality research animal, with 1 out of 2 animal models produced for preclinical research globally, we understand the importance of this step. With seven decades of experience, our expertise is unmatched, allowing us to provide you with the perfect model, including disease-specific and preconditioned options, for basic research and beyond.

About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients' clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 11,000 employees within 70 facilities in 18 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client's unique challenges.  Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2016, revenue increased by 23.3% to $1.68 billion from $1.36 billion in 2015.

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people's lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 70% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2016.

For more information, please visit www.criver.com.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet

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