Commercial Contracts Manager

United Kingdom - Farnborough Ref #9536 03-Aug-2021

Job description

Bigger challenges. Bolder ideas. Global impact. At Viasat, we’re on a mission to deliver connections with the capacity to change the world. We’re the company behind the world’s fastest satellite internet service, with technology that’s helping to bridge the digital divide and improve life for our customers around the globe. By providing powerful new ways for people to connect with one another, gain greater access to education, entertainment, medical research, commerce, and much more, our team is empowering millions of customers worldwide.  

We’re looking for passionate, innovative professionals to join our team and connect the world to more. You’ll work in a collaborative and inclusive environment that values diverse perspectives and continuous learning, and provides industry-leading benefits with unmatched opportunities for career growth. Our team is fearless in pursuit of new ideas and uncompromising in our quest to become the world’s first truly global Internet Service Provider. Interested in joining our mission? Take a look at career opportunities at Viasat today.

Job Responsibilities
Are you a passionate professional with a proven track record who enjoys collaboratively creating strategic and creative business agreements to meet aggressive company business growth goals within the United Kingdom?   Do you thrive on negotiations through all phases across a variety of commercial and government contracts? If this describes you, you may be a great fit for our Commercial Contracts Manager role within the Government Systems Segment. Your task will be to devise and support the production of innovative commercial approaches to drive forward the Viasat business proposition and gain the best value out of constantly changing technology for space, satcom, terrestrial networks and cyber security solutions.
This role will support the UK Commercial Leader :  In the day to day commercial business activities for Viasat UK to include, but not be limited to, proposal management, negotiation and overall contract administration and other related responsibilities such as Non-Disclosure Agreements and Teaming Agreements. You will be expected to understand contract changes and develop change proposals for submission and negotiation with customers.  
You must have the ability to engage with senior procurement officials and from time to time, senior military officers and senior managers within the MoD and within UK contractors of all sizes.  You will examine proposal and contract requirements in detail, including verification of basis of estimates, assumptions, contingencies, compliance, risk mitigation and associated performance related dependencies. You must have experience with subcontracts, supply chain and the engagement of subcontractors and/or suppliers.  You will assist in negotiation of terms and support the monitoring of their performance, as needed.  
Dealing with suppliers, complimenting in terms of working with client 
Key attributes and abilities for a successful candidate:
  • Excellent interpersonal and team engagement skills 
  • Solid understanding of UK DEFCON, public sector and commercial contracting. 
  • Subject matter expertise in contract management principles and techniques.
  • Ability to multi-task on a large number of complex contract issues.
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently, demonstrating sound business judgment.
  • Excellent problem solving, decision making, organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to embrace a collaborative, team oriented company culture.
  • Ability to deal confidently and professionally with internal and external customers at all organizational levels.
  • Proven in-depth experience of contract management and/or subcontract management experience, including UK DEFCON experience.
  • Fundamental understanding of English Law. 
  • A self-starter and able to think creatively.
  • Skilled communicator who influences and shapes the business.
  • Candidate must have proficiency in drafting contracts, Non-disclosure Agreements, Teaming Agreements, service and supply contracts and negotiations, with a keen eye to recognize and minimize company risk and maximize Viasat’s profitable execution success.
  • Effective organizational skills to perform the required duties in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong negotiation, writing and customer interface skills.
  • Must have or have ability to obtain Security Clearance (SC).
  • Ability to travel, domestically and internationally (nominally <10%)
  • Both UK Government and commercial contracting experience
  • MBA and/or Bachelor of Laws/ Relevant Exp.

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Additional Requirements and information

Minimum education:

BA/BS or equivalent experience

Years of experience:

5-8 years


Up to 10%


United Kingdom National Required


Must be able to obtain a United Kingdom security clearance

Worker Classification:

Fixed Term

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