Subcontracts Specialist

    • Job Tracking ID: KDRSS-333694
    • Job Location: Wallops Island, VA
    • Job Level: Mid Career
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 04/14/2022
    • Years of Experience: 5+
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Job Description

This position reports to the Subcontract Manager and supports the Subcontract Manager in the performance of the subcontract function for assigned major subcontracts of supplies as well as services in support of Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Systems (KDRSS).   This role focuses on the management of the assigned Subcontractors involving components and assemblies designed to KDRSS or Customer specification and incorporated into Sounding Rocket system design. Manages the assigned subcontract from design through production ensuring maximum supplier involvement.

The Subcontractor Specialist performs as the Subcontractor Programmatic and Contractually point-of-contact (POC) for assigned KDRSS Subcontracts; manages and monitors the assigned subcontractor(s) to ensure timely completion of all efforts associated with the project using MS Project.  The Subcontracts Specialist administers numerous contract types including Firm Fixed Price (FFP), Cost Plus Fixed Fee (CPFF) and Time & Material (T&M) subcontractor agreements of varying sizes. 

 The Subcontractor Specialist understands and identifies supplier interdependencies in critical paths for each assigned program.  The Subcontractor Specialist sources and manages, in accordance with approved business strategies, complex supply relationships for assigned subsystems commodities, services that require significant professional supply chain involvement to successfully execute.

The Subcontractor Specialist develops and negotiates, with the Subcontract Manager and the support of program team, required Statements of Work (SOW) and Performance Based Specifications (PBS), Terms and Conditions (T&Cs), Performance Based Payments (PBP) schedules, rights assertions on which the contract award will be based.  The Subcontractor Specialist is required to have a negotiation approach which is focused on customer satisfaction with integrity. 


  • Specific tasks associated include, ensuring compliance with customer flow-down requirements including offset, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) / Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) (FAR/DFAR), quality, Contactor Data Requirements List (CDRL).
  • Supplier development and relationship with assigned subcontractors to ensure subcontract requirements are met and to support growth of the business relationship between Kratos and the assigned subcontractor.
  • Position interfaces with the Program Management and Engineering Team, ensuring smooth flow of subcontract management processes and program alignment from assigned supplier to end-customer.
    • Manages the Subcontractor Relationship(s) for  assigned KDRSS Subcontracts
    • Maintains awareness and ensures Statement of Work (SOW), Performance Based Schedule (PBS) and Performance Based Plan (PBP) are kept current as design decisions are made and will be fully relied upon to provide input to the Subcontracts Manager, Engineering Team, the Program Management Team and the Program Manager.
    • Prepares, issues, and executes assigned Request for Proposal (RFP) / Request for Quote (RFQ) packages in accordance with Kratos Subcontract/Procurement guidelines, goals and requirements, and to meet program or project timing requirements. Coordinates assigned proposal responses and prepares Kratos team (procurement, technical, quality) to audit potential suppliers.  Participates in customer proposal development stage.
    • Ensure Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) compliance to all government and commercial contracting laws and regulations as applicable including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), FAR and DFAR.
    • Supports Subcontract Manager and assigned KDRSS Program Management with customer interface specific to Subcontractors; identification, assignment, and management of  Subcontractor Scope Traceability to Prime Scope;  Prime to Subcontractor Change Management; traceability of Management CDRLs to Supplier Data Requirement Lists (SDRLs);  traceability of Technical CDRLs to SDRLs.
      • Manages T&Cs for assigned KDRSS Subcontracts; manages  Subcontractor Risk / Opportunity and supports and reports Traceability to Kratos Risk/Opportunity management to Subcontract Manager & Program Manager.
      • Manages assigned Subcontractor Scope; supports  Subcontractor Scope Traceability to Prime Scope.
      • Manages  assigned Subcontractor Schedule Status and Forward looking projections from a % complete perspective, reports to Program Managers.
      • Reports, Monitors, and Supports Subcontract Manager & Program Management with  Traceability to KDRSS to government including linkages, actual status, forward looking status and metrics / Quantifiable Backup Data (QBD – Earned Value Management).
      • Supports Subcontract Manager & Program Management with Prime to Subcontractor Change.
      • Leads, Reports, Monitors, and Supports assignment and timely and accurate submission of SDRLs.
      • Supports Subcontract Manager & Program Management with Traceability of management CDRLs to SDRLs.

 Other Job Functions

  • Other duties may be assigned.



  • None.


This position is contingent upon contract award which is expected early 2022.

Questions and correspondence related to this opportunity should be directed to:




Experience and Skills


  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information as required by government standards.
  • Ability to interact effectively with peers and supervisors.
  • Ability to interact appropriately with the public when necessary.
  • Ability to adhere to workplace rules.
  • May require up to 25% travel to support technical meetings, design reviews, other reviews and meetings and launch operations.



  • BA/BS in related disciplines of Business, Economics, Contracts, Supply Management, or Engineering.
  • Five (5) years or more experience in purchasing, supply management, contracts, or related field.



The employee will likely be placed in an office.  The work environment characteristics are representative of those of an employee encounters while performing essential functions of the job in a typical office/workstation situation.  Able to work sitting or standing at desk and operate a computer via standard input devices such as using a keyboard and reading information on a monitor.

Job Benefits

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Tax Savings Accounts (HSA / FSA)
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401k
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • PTO
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays
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