Reporting to the Head of Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO), the Managing Contracts Officer holds a key managerial role in the SPO Department, which oversees non-DOE federal and non-federal industry partnerships research and development agreements for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in a multi-disciplinary research environment. Working in support of the Head of SPO, the Managing Contracts Officer will help implement the strategic mission and initiatives of the Department, serve as the primary line management for the Contracts Officers, create and implement department policies and procedures and help ensure the department fosters collaborative working relationships among the SPO staff, SPO stakeholders, including with all levels of management and staff at LBNL, the University of California, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), external stakeholders and others.
In conjunction with the Head of SPO, the Managing Contracts Officer provides day-to-day management and oversight of SPO Contracts Officers (CO) , as well as primary responsibility for staff training, guidance and mentorship and performance assessment/management. Position responsibilities also include responsibility for maintaining an individual work portfolio of complex, multi-party, non-standard engagements. The Managing Contracts Officer also serves as primary backup to the Head of SPO.
The Managing Contracts Officer:
Directly supervises CO staff which includes:
Leads by positive example. Provides clear and positive mentorship and performance feedback that enables COs to perform their jobs best in class in terms of quality, efficiency and customer service and relationships. Serves as an uplifting thought leader capable of creating and implementing innovative solutions to problems and helping to empower COs to execute their jobs at the highest levels.
Provides a wide range of oversight including optimizing work flow among COs, goal identification, performance measurement and evaluations, and corrective actions involving performance as necessary.
Utilizes effective planning skills, identifies resources, costs, timelines, deliverables to ensure complete and high quality results, in conjunction with effectively triaging competing and multi-dimensional priorities.
Partners with Divisions to ensure research funding from new and continuing sponsors is processed in a compliant manner and achieves the Lab's scientific and operations goals and objectives.
As part of the SPO team, advises scientists and management on innovative proposal strategies to better achieve objectives.
Responsible for ensuring funding proposals comply with applicable DOE, LBNL, Sponsor and UC policies.
Develops, reviews, and maintains a series of standard operating procedures for SPO processes and activities in consultation with all relevant stakeholders.
Ensures SPO staff have access to appropriate resources and training, and identifies new resources and training opportunities.
Responsible for all data calls and document requests made to the department.
Also responsible as the lead for any non-contracts related requests from the Department Of Energy (DOE), University of California (UC), or the Lab, on behalf of SPO.
Takes a leadership role in new SPO special initiatives.
Attends meetings as assigned as a representative of the SPO and the Laboratory.
Provides training to stakeholders and others as appropriate, to ensure SPO procedures and requirements are disseminated.
Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent experience.
Substantial understanding and experience (minimum 5 years) in a laboratory or university sponsored projects office, including demonstrated experience in the solicitation and negotiation of complex contracts with private sponsors of research, knowledge of issues relating to intellectual property rights, background intellectual property rights indemnification, product liability, and the right to publish research results and export controls.
Proven record as an effective and organized leader with supervisory experience and ability to build, sustain and manage an effective team.
Proven ability to negotiate complex industrial engagements with sponsors, including negotiating with opposing counsel and/or professional contracts negotiators.
Experience with strategic planning and success in implementing change within a complex organization. Ability to align a strategic vision and goals into high impact activities.
Demonstrated initiative and ability to plan, anticipate and identify needs, assess and resolve complex problems, develop and coordinate plans to accomplish objectives and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of SPO services. Proven problem-solving skills and analytical ability to recommend and implement solutions to complex and routine routine problems.
Proven creative thinker with willingness to contribute to the development of innovative solutions to assist Laboratory scientific divisions contract with new research sponsors at the Laboratory. Requires demonstrated good judgment skills in selecting new methods and techniques to obtain positive results.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to present material either written or oral, in a persuasive and professional manner.
Excellent interpersonal skills, and demonstrated ability to cooperatively and successfully be a part of a high functioning, hard working collegial and respectful Office.
Knowledge of or the ability to quickly learn the DOE Orders pertaining to the SPO deliverables, FAR and DEAR, DOE rules and processes, as well as UC policies and procedures related to the work of the SPO.
Proven organization and multitasking skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment to independently establish priorities, perform multiple projects simultaneously with short deadlines and frequent interruptions, and complete projects in a timely manner.
Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with all constituents including senior internal and external stakeholders and customers and interact in a professional, diplomatic, calm and collegial manner.
Demonstrated experience handling sensitive matters with judgment, diplomacy and confidentiality.
Advanced level of hands-on knowledge and experience with MS Office Software Suite (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, MS Project, etc) and Google Apps software applications. Strong aptitude toward leveraging and learning new technology based utility tools to perform functions and working with institutional systems and databases.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Graduate degree in Business or science related field.
Knowledge of Contract 31, applicable DOE, federal, and state regulations.
This is a full-time, career appointment that is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Laboratory Director, and this appointment is at will and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.
Work Schedule: Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
This position is subject to the financial disclosure requirements of the California Political Reform Act of 1974. The successful candidate for this position will be required to file financial interest statements upon assuming this position, annually while holding this position, and when leaving this position.
Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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