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Senior Subcontracts Administrator

Job ID: req1893
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Facility: Frederick: Ft Detrick
Location: PO Box B, Frederick, MD 21702 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.  The lab addresses some of the most urgent and intractable problems in the biomedical sciences in cancer and AIDS, drug development and first-in-human clinical trials, applications of nanotechnology in medicine, and rapid response to emerging threats of infectious diseases.

Accountability, Compassion, Collaboration, Dedication, Integrity and Versatility; it's the FNL way.

 Position Overview:


The Research Subcontracts Department provides acquisition support to the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR) as well as operations and specific subcontracting support for other related Government initiatives.  Specifically, Subcontracting provides pre and post-award acquisition and administration for highly complex research programs, scientific services, field trials, and related projects at FNLCR through execution of agreements with third parties, often commercial companies and non-profit research institute and universities. 


The Senior Subcontract Administrator will be responsible for the full range of pre-and post-award subcontract administration duties to include the following:

  • Drafting often times complex solicitations
  • Managing source evaluations, negotiations & awards as well as modifications
  • Conduct pre-acquisition planning with Program Staff to determine acquisition strategy and appropriate contract type (cost reimbursement, time & materials, fixed price)
  • Inclusion of FAR flow-downs, other Agency supplemental flow-downs and special provisions
  • Submitting required actions for Government approval or advance notification to subcontract when required
  • Preparing correspondence, documentation, certification, final reporting, and product delivery for major subcontracts
  • Subcontract file documentation to satisfy internal audit, Government CPSR audit, and internal P&P’s 
  • Providing guidance and work leadership to less-experienced subcontract administrators
  • Maintaining current knowledge of relevant contractual practices and procedures
  • Participating in special projects as required


  • Possession of Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or four (4) years relevant experience in lieu of degree.  Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • In addition to the education requirement, a minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience
  • Experience in contracts/subcontracts administration in a Government services company
  • Must have knowledge and experience in all contract types (Cost Reimbursement, Fixed-Price and Time & Material)
  • Have a good understanding of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) as applicable to subcontracting in support of a Government Prime Contract 
  • Experience identifying shifting risk through solid negotiation skills 
  • Possess skills drafting cost/price analysis and adherence to compliance in a Government services contract environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and work well to meet deadlines in a fast paced environment  
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance  


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • 6-8 years of experience in contracts/subcontracts administration in a Government services company

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)