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Greater Peoria, IL
Greater Peoria, IL

Government Contracts Manager



Peoria, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, July 7, 2023

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Job Description:

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Job Summary:

This position leads a team that provides Contract Administration for non-sales sales related Government Contracts. In this capacity the role will act on behalf of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Director of the Office of the CTO. Responsibilities include supporting the design, implementation, and management of Caterpillar’s Enterprise Government Contracts Compliance program as well as processes and tools for operational success. This position functions as a clearinghouse for non-product-sales-related government contracts activity and assists business units in understanding government contracting requirements. Responsibilities also include providing trusted advice on government contracts issues, reinforcing Caterpillar’s values, ethical principles, and associated behaviors, and leading efforts to strengthen government contracts processes across the enterprise. We have a fabulous team that does some of the most exciting work at Caterpillar, and we can’t wait for you to join the team!

What you will do:

  • Clearinghouse / Risk Advisor for non-product sales government contracts activity (understanding Caterpillar global scope, areas of activity, etc. and disseminating information appropriately)

    • Leads enterprise-wide monthly Government Contracts forum

    • Regularly connects with Funding Managers and others in BUs with GovCon activity

    • Provides guidance and counsel and points to resources for BUs desiring GovCon activity

    • Maintains enterprise view of GovCon activity, metrics

  • Leadership and supervision for Integrated Components & Solutions (ICS) GCA team

    • Oversee staffing forecasts, hiring and training for GCA team

    • Review of proposals, contract documents

    • Signatory for Administrative Documents (Reps & Certs, no-cost contract extensions, etc.)

    • Advise and collaborate - day-to-day guidance

    • Peak-shaving, process participation

  • Coordinate development and maintenance of core policy, procedure and training for a global audience and supporting local procedure and policy development

    • Participate in maintenance of Corp GovCon manual and supporting docs

    • Support BUs in preparing local SOPs, policies, etc.

  • Liaison / collaborator between other Caterpillar Service Orgs (e.g. GGCA, Legal Services, Corp HR) and GovCon-participating Business Units

    • Maintain strong connectivity with key attorneys, corp SMEs

    • Ensure close coordination / connectivity with Caterpillar Defense Contracts Manager

  • Coordinate with other functions to execute key corporate processes:

    • GovCon Risk Assessment

    • SVP / BU Annual Certifications

    • Maintenance of SOPs / local policy & procedure

Key Skills needed:

  • Strong Communications in a team environment (tactful, concise, timely, internal and external)

  • Leadership skills (develops, trains, supports and creates a strong open working culture for GCA team)

  • Excellent interpersonal skills (in order to deal with sensitive issues, develop others, or persuade others inside and outside the department to take specific actions.)

  • Excellent Organizational Skills and Attention to detail (when consulting on GovCon topics)

  • Problem solving skills (able to identify solutions in complex situations)

  • Broad knowledge of GovCon principles, practices, regs (also Caterpillar policies and procedures -- will need to utilize other SMEs for more in-depth knowledge)

  • Networking / collaboration (liaise with other SMEs, engender cooperation from BUs)

  • Enterprise point of view (help balance BU ambitions with corp compliance and enterprise

What you will have:

  • Bachelor's degree in a business or technical field

  • 10+ years of progressively responsible job-related experience

  • Experience in providing team leadership and/or supervision of direct reports

  • Experience with contracts development, execution, and management

  • Experience in government contracts or related compliance work

  • Demonstration of good human relations skills to develop a cooperative work relationship with others inside and outside the department.

  • Possess excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

Top Candidates will also have:

  • Master's degree (MBA or other professional field)

  • Experience with government contracting, particularly DOE financial assistance awards

  • Experience in government contract solicitations and proposals is particularly useful.

  • Strong working understanding of government contracting, especially 2 CFR 200 and 2 CFR 910 regulated programs

  • A strong background in overall Caterpillar business and organization

  • Experience working with a team in a team leadership role.

Additional Information:

The primary location for this position is Peoria, IL

Domestic relocation assistance is available

This position may require 10% travel

Sponsorship is not available

This posting will close at midnight on September 20, 2023

What you will get:

Our goal at Caterpillar is for you to have a rewarding career. Our teams are critical to the success of our customers who build a better world.

Here you earn more than just a salary because we value your performance. We offer a total rewards package that provides benefits on day one (medical, dental, vision, RX, and 401K) along with the potential of an annual bonus.

Additional benefits include paid vacation days and paid holidays (prorated based upon hire date).

Final details:

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