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Manager Federal Contracts MSG

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American Water

Mount Laurel, NJ

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Job Description:

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada.  To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit

Primary Role:

The Manager of Federal Contracts reports to the Director Federal Contracts Military Services Group, and is responsible for MSG's Federal Contract Administration for existing contracts, and as appropriate for the pursuit of new business opportunities in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations.   The incumbent of the position works with the Federal Compliance Program Manager to provide insight into specific contract requirements and changes impacting AW’s federal contracting compliance obligations.

Key Accountabilities:

Administers, manages, & develops MSG’s Contract Administration system and supports the Federal Compliance Program by:

Monitoring contract performance to ensure satisfactory progress & compliance with its terms.

Managing the continued development & deployment of MSG’s federal administration and compliance system..

Continuously maintain, review & look for improvements in the contract administration and compliance area.

Establishing & maintaining effective working relationships with appropriate federal agencies and their points of contact.

Working with HR, Legal, Finance, etc., to ensure those systems remain in compliance with contract terms

Remaining current with newly enacted federal laws & regulations, and disseminating them as appropriate into MSG’s business operations.

Coordinate compliance control program by continuously assessing risk.

Create & conduct educational programs in contract administration and compliance for MSG staff.

Direct & manage compliance internal audit processes.

Ensure that New Business opportunities with the Federal Government are in compliance with the FAR /DFAR and with American Water policies by:

Coordinating the Risk and Opportunity Management (ROM) process for each new Proposal.

Coordinating with MSG’s Growth team in the production of federal proposals in compliance with RFP, Federal regulations, American Water policies and MSG Business Plan obligations.

Other duties as required.


Minimum 5 years hands-on experienced in commercial organization dealing with Federal Government procurement.

Awareness of military and government cultures; sensitivity to client relationships.

Ability to effectively handle customer/client complaints

Proven ability to work with all levels of management.

Strong, tenacious problem-solving skills.

Good IT skills

Good research and interpretive skills

Ability to work on several projects simultaneously

Ability to build and train and lead effective teams

Good team player with good relationship & networking skills

Good communication skills both written & oral

Highly motivated and innovative

Flexible & enthusiastic attitude

Good understanding of the legal requirements associated with Military projects

Comprehensive knowledge of federal  contract laws and regulations (e.g. FAR/DFAR/CFR)

Strong knowledge in FAR compliance

Knowledge of risk management practice and principles

Small Business programs and certifications

Commercial experience gained as employee of vendor/provider


Bachelor's degree in Contract Management, Master’s degree preferred or suitable additional education and Federal Contract Management specific training or recognized industry certificate

Minimum of 5 years in the application and use of FAR

Minimum of 5 years in federal compliance programs

Minimum 5 years business experience

Minimum of 5 years in Federal Contracting Administration

Certifications & Licenses

: Certified Professional Contract  Manager certification desirable

Travel Requirements:


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American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants

based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.

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Company Profile
In a world where everything we touch frequently changes, water is our constant. We’ve never stopped needing it to drink, to cook, to clean, to live. We’ll always need it for sanitation, for fire protection, for watering our lawns and washing our cars. It’s easy to take water for granted. And because so many do, we don't.

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