US-California-San Diego
Date Posted
12 Jun 2019

A career with CAES is more than just a job; it is the pathway to a bright future.

Are you searching for a career with a company that offers challenging, diverse projects and opportunities?  Are you looking for a position with a company that is growing and able to offer long-term professional advancement?   Searching for a company that values a friendly work environment and that values YOU? Then look no further!!  Consider Cobham.  #peoplefocusedmissiondriven #everymissionmatters

We are Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES), a technologically advanced electronics company employing more than 3,600 talented makers, thinkers, innovators, and doers nationwide. We build things that solve challenging problems from deep space to the depths of the ocean. We serve customers in spanning defense, aerospace, security, medical, and industrial markets.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Provides excellent business partnering to Business Area VP/General Manager on contractual matters and transfers confidence to other members of Contracts, Compliance and Legal where necessary on shared services and compliance and legal matters.
  • Participates as an active member of the Business Area’s senior management team.
  • Manage direct reports at the applicable Business Area and, in some circumstances, direct reports in geographically dispersed locations.
  • Performs and/or oversees “cradle to grave” contract management activities, including providing sound advice on proposal preparation and contract risk mitigation.
  • Negotiates and administers contracts and related auxiliary agreements and guides and directs contracts professionals, where applicable, on such activities.
  • Supports supply chain/procurement activities, including negotiations with strategic suppliers, and guides and directs the activities of contracts professionals, where applicable, on such activities.
  • Represents the Company independently or as team leader on complex, high-risk and/or large-scale customer and supply chain transactions.
  • Conducts contract strategy meetings to identify issues and customer requirements and obtains management input on timelines, cost targets, and deliverables.
  • Prepares and presents analyses of completed bid/proposal packages, including recommendations to management for negotiation strategies.
  • Advises management of contractual rights and obligations and recommendations to mitigate contractual/program risks.
  • Fosters and maintains a sound and reliable relationship with counterparts in internal and external customer organizations.
  • Trains Business Area cross functional staff on contract issues to raise contracting awareness, as needed.
  • Manages performance of and provides career development opportunities for Contracts staff to meet Business Area and functional objectives.
  • Develops Business Area Contracts functional budget and manages function to budget.
  • As a member of the CAES Contracts team and broader FCCL team, develops, communicates and implements the functional strategy and deliverables.
  • Lead special projects or improvement initiatives as designated by senior leaders within FCCL.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities related to contracting, as required.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Established track record of successful “cradle to grave” contracts management, including advising on complex proposals, negotiating terms, and managing contract changes.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve positive results through influence, negotiation and change management.
  • Leadership ability to motivate and inspire teams to perform at a high level; demonstrated commitment to accountability and trust.
  • Proven ability to develop sound relationships at the executive level in internal and external customer organizations.
  • Demonstrated success working and leading people in a matrixed organization.
  • Effective communicator both orally and in writing.
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong analytical, reasoning, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to manage time and competing priorities, including handling several assignments concurrently.
  • Proficient in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and documentation databases
  • Strong understanding of contract terms and conditions, FAR, DFARS, and risk mitigation strategies.
  • At least eight (8) to twelve (12) years’ experience in government and commercial contracting.
  • Where applicable, familiarity with non-U.S. laws and regulations for sites located outside the U.S.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree and/or additional contracts management experience
  • Experience in the aerospace and defense industry
Educational Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree.

Position Reports to:
CAES Senior Counsel

About Us:
Founded in 1934 by aviation innovator Sir Alan Cobham, our values of Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us to become a global leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. It's the insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective future. Innovators like you!

If you are authorized to work in the United States, then we encourage you to apply.  We are unable to sponsor work visas.  U.S. Citizenship required for positions requiring a Security Clearance.

Cobham is one of the world's leading companies engaged in the development, delivery and support of leading-edge aerospace and defense systems in the air, on land and at sea. Our clients and partners trust Cobham to deliver the mission-critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. This leads to an empowering culture for our people. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full guidance and mentoring.

Employment Transparency:
Cobham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of Cobham to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. Cobham will refrain from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against, employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants.

The EEO is the Law poster is available here and the poster supplement is available here.
The Pay Transparency Policy is available here.

Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (703) 842-2971 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

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