Contract Manager (Technical)

Location: Pasadena, CA
Date Posted: 07-08-2017
The Contract Technical Manager will have the primary responsibility of assisting in the contract management for key elements of the Optics and Opto-Mechanical Subsystems of the telescope.  This role will be a member of a small team of engineers to procure the primary, secondary and tertiary mirrors, the wide field corrector, the equipment associated with productions of the optical coatings and other opto-mechanical components and structures. 
They must be experienced in working with multidisciplinary teams that have successfully delivered complex, high-precision mechanical and opto-mechanical systems. The Contract Technical Manager will be responsible for writing and reviewing statements of work, quality requirements, source evaluations and other procurement related documentation.  This position will work with the Procurement team and contractors to negotiate the contract cost and schedule and contract terms and conditions. The Contract Technical Manager will manage contract performance, schedule, milestones, and deliverables and will be supported by the subsystem engineers for technical issues. In addition, the Contract Technical Manager will generate presentations in their area of responsibility for project meetings, reviews, and conferences.
Additionally, this position may support similar work as needed for other subsystems of the telescope. These would include among others: the telescope mount, M1 mounting and support hardware and various handling equipment required for large precision equipment. 
This individual must be capable of working closely with engineers, suppliers, partners, and the Procurement group to develop contracts to procure the various subassemblies and components in the systems. Experience in project management, subcontractor management, schedule and cost analysis and engineering disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, optical or physics are required in this position. EVMS experience as well as with optical fabrication of large optics is desirable.
This position will require travel to various locations and vendor premises.
  • Manage contracts for engineering services and fabrication of the company optics and opto-mechanical equipment, including identification of potential suppliers, preparation of statements of work, lead or support the source selection process, develop procurement documentation and contracts, develop negotiation plans, support procurement in the negotiation process.
  • Manage the technical performance aspects of the contracts to ensure effective communication with the contractors and that the products meet all requirements with-in the cost and schedule of the contract.  This will be supported by engineering subject matter experts.
  • Ensure contractors comply with quality assurance and safety requirements.
  • Write reports and prepare and deliver presentations associated with the contracts for the primary mirrors and mirror support hardware.
  • A minimum of an BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing or equivalent technical discipline
  • At least 10 years of experience in program or contract management for the fabrication of large mechanical and opto-mechanical systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in the successful contract management and delivery of large, complex systems for scientific or defense applications.
  • Demonstrated high level of written and oral communication skills.
  • A cooperative team player who strives to make the team(s) successful.
  • Ability to perform as the Contract Technical Manager in an integrated product team.
  • Knowledge of technical contract management and quality assurance methods
  •  Knowledge of EVMS and schedule management
  • An MS degree in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing or equivalent technical discipline
  • 10+ years of experience with the manufacturing and fabrication of precision electro-optic systems
  • MBA or equivalent business degree or certification in program management
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills in large projects and/or international project collaborations.
  • Experience in product and quality assurance requirements for precision mechanical systems.
  • Experience in optical fabrication for large optics
  • Flexibility to work outside of core business hours and travel to member locations when necessary.
  • Open plan engineering office. 
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