Contracts and Commercial Manager

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 4 February 2020

Job Description

Oxford Policy Management (OPM) has a new and exciting opportunity for an experienced contracts and commercial manager to act as OPM’s in-house expert on United States Government contracting, compliance and commercial strategy. If you are interested in a role, where you can shape and influence how we engage and position ourselves with United States Government to become a valued sub-contractor we would love to hear from you.

You will work with an experienced team that includes the US Country Director and the Head Business Development and engage with Commercial, Legal, Finance and Project Delivery teams in the UK to develop a coherent approach to contract management, including compliance and commercial pricing strategies.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Develop the building and management of a strategic approach to contract management, from negotiation through to delivery, building off strategies developed by OPM’s legal and commercial teams.
  • Provide technical inputs to OPM’s Global Teams in their proposal development, contract negotiation and engagement with USAID, MCC and other USG (as well as Primes) to ensure compliance to government and client rules, regulations and requirements.
  • Contract management including regulations, procedures and management; subcontracting procedures and management; grants under contracts; and issues concerning cost, pricing, and billing
  • Support and train OPM project managers to understand and action upon their USG compliance responsibilities, particularly in the areas of financial reporting, due diligence, safeguarding, anti-slavery and anti-bribery and corruption.
  • Working with OPM’s Global Legal and Compliance Team, coordinate responses to ethical audits undertaken by OPM’s US-based clients to ensure OPM is in good standing.

Key Skills and Experience:

  • Degree and post-graduate qualification in business administration or another relevant field or 2-3 additional years of experience in lieu of a post graduate
  • Experience drafting, reviewing, and providing guidance on a wide variety of contract types, including commercial dimensions: fixed price, IQC, cost reimbursement (award fee/fixed fee), performance-based contracts, etc.
  • Strong familiarity with USAID, MCC and other Federal agencies’ regulations and policies and requisite compliance responses. Maintaining up-to-date information on USG contract issues/changes/trends.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and price program and proposal budgets;
  • Effective skills in negotiations, sub award management and procurement.
  • Strong analytical and decision-making skills. Ability to use logic and reasoning based on a wide range of experience and training to solve moderately complex problems
  • Good interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and in a team
  • Good presentation skills and ability to write and communicate verbally clearly and concisely
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational and prioritization skills
  • Experience training staff and creating manuals, preferred.
  • Fluent English required
  • Willingness to work across different time zones and to be based in Washington.

This position is based in our Washington Office, US. Please note that successful candidate will need existing full right to work in the United States.

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About the Organization

We are an international development consultancy committed to helping low- and middle-income countries achieve growth and reduce poverty and disadvantage through public policy reform.

Working in all areas of social and economic policy and governance, we seek to bring about lasting positive change through analytical and practical policy expertise. Through our global network of offices, we work in partnership with national decision makers to research, design, implement, and evaluate impactful public policy in over 100 countries.

We draw on our local and international sector experts, alongside a network of expert associates and dedicated support staff, to provide the very best evidence-based support.

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