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Principal Contract Administrator 

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Systems & Technology Research (STR) is seeking a highly motivated candidate with 5-10 years of federal government contract administration experience in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and intelligence acquisition space to join our growing Contracts team. This role offers unparalleled opportunities to lead contracting activities with a growing and diverse set of customers, take on project oversight responsibilities, and grow and to gain valuable experience. This position requires high energy, commitment to excellence, strong leadership skills and a proven track record of success in federal government contracting.

STR is a privately-owned, rapidly growing business focused on research and development for the defense and intelligence communities. We are a nationally recognized leader in research areas including data analytics, sensors and signal processing, electronic warfare, cyber, video and image understanding, command and control, and precision navigation. Several programs have transitioned advanced technology to military and intelligence users. While our primary focus is on serving U.S. Government customers, we are pursuing commercial applications as well.


  • Perform life cycle contract administration for a high volume of government contracts within a diverse portfolio
  • Lead and develop business proposals in collaboration with Program Management and Program Finance as well as with subcontractor partners
  • Ensure compliance with company policies and procedures and with legal, regulatory, and customer requirements in day-to-day execution and also during audits
  • Review, negotiate and execute non-disclosure agreements, associate contractor agreements, teaming agreements and other types of agreements
  • Provide guidance on contract and regulatory requirements
  • Support purchasing system compliance activities, including customer communications with the DCMA and leading Contractor Purchasing System Reviews (CPSRs)
  • Collaborate, coordinate, and communicate effectively and professionally with internal and external customers, partners, and stakeholders
  • Recommend process improvements to scale and optimize contracting activities and practices
  • Participate in special projects
Position Requirements

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5-10 years of federal government contracting and/or subcontracting experience with DoD and intelligence customers
  • Active security clearance
  • Strong working knowledge of FAR/DFARS and general contracts law principles
  • Deep expertise in purchasing regulations and experience leading/participating in CPSRs
  • Familiarity with export control laws and regulations
  • Ability to read, interpret, and apply federal regulations and related acquisition policies and guidance
  • Experience with various Government contract types (i.e., CPFF, FFP, T&M, Cost-Reimbursement, Labor-Hour, IDIQ, OTA)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) preferred

The candidate should possess the following attributes:

  • Collaborative, self-motivated, and efficient, with good business judgment and analytical skills
  • Innovative, with an interest in working closely with STR’s Contracts Director, Managers, and peers to optimize our contracting practices, while maintaining compliance with our core contractual and regulatory requirements
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adapt well to change
  • Superior interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact in a professional manner with external customers and partners as well as colleagues at all levels across the organization
  • Thirst for excellence and enthusiasm to expand his/her experience and take on additional responsibilities in contracting activities (including but not limited to Government systems compliance and subcontracts administration).

STR seeks to provide an outstanding work environment for its employees with excellent benefits and competitive compensation. Full-time employees enjoy 401(k), profit sharing, health and welfare benefits, subsidies for training and conference attendance to foster continued learning and development, and a casual yet technically challenging work environment.

STR is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce where all employees, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, neurodiversity, or other personal characteristics, feel valued, included, and empowered to achieve their best. We recognize that each employee’s backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives are essential for providing our customers with innovative solutions to challenging national security problems. STR’s commitment to attracting, retaining, and engaging talented and diverse professionals is demonstrated by our participation, sponsorship, and support in local and national minority organizations.

Applicants must be US Citizens

About the Organization Systems & Technology Research (STR) is a rapidly growing technology company with locations north of Boston, MA, Arlington, VA and near Dayton, OH. We specialize in advanced research and development for defense, intelligence, and national security, trying to understand how to protect our society: from stopping malicious botnet attacks, to understanding cyber vulnerabilities, providing next generation sensors, radar, sonar, communications, and electronic warfare to developing artificial intelligence algorithms and analytics to make sense of the complexity that is exploding around us.

STR is committed to creating a collaborative learning environment that supports deep technical understanding and recognizes the contributions and achievements of all team members. Our work is challenging, but you go home at night knowing that you pushed the forefront of technology and made the world a little safer. We recognize that the world is changing, that it is becoming more connected than ever before, making things change faster than before, and reshaping society in the process. We all want to understand this changing world and leave it better for our work.

We're not just any company. Our people, culture, and attitude along with their unique set of skills, experiences, and perspectives put us on a trajectory to change the world. We can't do it alone, though - we need fellow trailblazers. If you are one, join our team and help to keep our society safe!

EOE Statement STR is fully dedicated to hiring the most qualified candidate regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any portion of the employment process, email us at and provide your name, phone number and email address.

US Citizenship is required for all positions.

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