Contracts Manager



Arlington, VA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Umbra builds next-generation space systems that observe the Earth in unprecedented fidelity.

Our mission: Deliver global omniscience.

To stay ahead of climate change, geopolitical risk, and other major crises and issues, we need a
global understanding of what is changing, where, and how fast. Umbra provides easy access to
the highest quality commercial satellite data available for the growing number of organizations
monitoring the Earth. We empower our customers to create the solutions that inform, inspire, and
address our planet’s most pressing needs.

Are you an experienced contracts professional with a passion for government contracts and a
drive for innovation? We invite you to join our dynamic legal team as a Contracts Manager.
Reporting to the Senior Contracts Manager, you will be a key contributor to our fast-paced
technology company, where your expertise will shape the course of government contract
initiatives and contribute to our global impact. If you thrive in a collaborative, challenging, and
innovative environment, and if you are dedicated to finding creative solutions for complex
contracts issues, we want to hear from you.

Key Responsibilities

  • Government Contract Strategy and Execution: lead the formation of new government
    contracts and the expansion of existing ones. Leverage your in-depth understanding of
    federal acquisition strategy and procedures to support capture, implementation and
    growth of contracts.
  • Relationship Management: cultivate and manage professional relationships with
    government contracting officers and their representatives.
  • Acquisition Lifecycle Oversight and Management: provide advice throughout the
    acquisition lifecycle, including evaluating opportunities, proposal development,
    negotiations, execution, and dispute resolution.
  • Holistic Support: participate in other projects as needed and contribute to the areas
    where you have unique skills.
  • Business Strategy and Innovation: collaborate across departments to enable business
    strategy and promote innovation.
  • Risk Assessment and Management: analyze and assess risks associated with Umbra’s
    contracts and business operations. Collaborate with leadership teams to develop and
    implement risk mitigation strategies while enabling business growth.
  • Regulatory Compliance: stay abreast of evolving regulatory frameworks and industry
    standards, ensuring our practices align with legal requirements and best practices.
  • Record Keeping and Documentation: maintain meticulous records, contracts, and
    documentation related to contracts and compliance efforts.
  • Policy Development: collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop and implement
    effective contract-related policies and procedures.
    Required Qualifications:
  • Minimum of 3 years of contracts management experience.
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  • Experience in a law firm and/or established government contractor setting.
  • TS/SCI security clearance, read-in within the past two years.
  • Direct experience with government intelligence community within the past two years.
  • Willingness to visit customers throughout the National Capital Region.
  • Communicate with clarity and influence, fostering productive relationships with diverse
  • Ability to thrive with minimal supervision.
  • Resilience, resourcefulness, and the ability to make decisions with imperfect information.
  • Enjoy utilizing technology to increase efficiency.
  • Willingness to challenge the status quo and seek innovative solutions.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Exhibit strong leadership skills, taking ownership of multiple projects and guiding teams
    through complex challenges.
  • Intellectual curiosity and desire for continuous growth and improvement.
  • Desire to advance in seniority and train junior staff.
  • Experience with contract lifecycle and vendor management systems.
  • Eagerness to wear many hats and desire to expand beyond your core function.
  • Engineering or other technology experience.
  • NCMA Certifications, including CPCM, CFCM, or CCCM.
  • Have grit and a can-do attitude.
  • Experience with Cost Accounting Standards and administration.


  • Flexible Vacation / Paid Time Off / Family Leave
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Voluntary Life, LTD
  • 401(k) Plan with 3% non-elective employer contribution
  • Stock Options

Umbra is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take
affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, Veteran status, or
other legally protected characteristics.

Employment Eligibility Verification:
In compliance with federal laws, all hired persons will be required to verify their identity and
eligibility to work in the United States by completing the required Employment Eligibility
Verification Form (I-9 Form) upon hire.

ITAR/EAR Requirements:
This position may include access to technology and/or data that is subject to U.S. export controls
pursuant to ITAR and EAR. To comply with federal export controls, all persons hired must be a
U.S. citizen, U.S. national, U.S. lawful permanent resident, refugee or asylee as defined by 8
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U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3), or must otherwise be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the
U.S. Department of State and/or U.S. Department of Commerce as applicable.

Pay Transparency:
This job posting may span more than one career level. To provide greater transparency to
candidates, we share base ranges for all job postings regardless of state. We set standard base pay
ranges for all roles based on function and level benchmarked against similar stage growth
companies. Final offer amounts are determined by skills, responsibilities and relevant work