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Senior Subcontracts Administrator

  • Job reference: NA-001050
  • Sector: Government, Support Services
  • Location: Calverton
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Atkins has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction management, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture and design, and program management services to the Federal Government, public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.

Globally, Atkins is the largest UK-based engineering and design consultancy and one of the world’s largest design firms with nearly 18,000 employees worldwide. We have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

Atkins seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join the Purple Line Project Team as a Senior Subcontracts Administrator. The individual would be required to work at the Purple Line project office located at 6801 Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale, MD 20737.

The Purple Line will be a 16-mile light rail line that will extend from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s Count. It will operate mainly in dedicated or exclusive lanes, allowing for fast and reliable transit operations. Atkins is the Lead Designer for Purple Line and has created a diverse team of subcontractors to help in the design effort.

Major Function/Role:

Manage the administration of all subcontract requirements in support of Purple Line critical Atkins project. Responsible for all dimensions of subcontract administration, including negotiation, correspondence, documentation, certification, special reporting and other various tasks to ensure subcontractors fully meet Atkins and Purple Line requirements. Assist program/project managers with interpretation of applicable terms and conditions.

Performs acquisition functions for Disadvantaged Business Entity (DBE) requirements and provides subcontract administration functions for awarded DBE subcontracts. Mandates DBE utilization for the project to ensure Atkins meets its Purple Line DBE subcontracting goal requirements.

Job Duties:

Duties and responsibilities of the job include, but not limited to:

Works with project management, reviews the performance, progress, and supplier deliveries. Recommends corrective actions as necessary including secondary/alternative source development

Works with subcontractor’s contracting personnel to resolve contractual matters
Supports subcontract budgeting, scope changes and risk assessment/mitigation
Provides advice on and interpretation of subcontract requirements
Monitors subcontractors' progress and performance, reviews and approves invoices and other reports, and resolves payment and project disputes
Administers DBE subcontracts and other subcontracts as assigned to include preparing solicitations, evaluating subcontractor proposals, source selection, and awarding subcontracts
Coordinates with program/project managers to ensure subcontract requirements are met to include but not limited to Disadvantaged Business Entity (DBE) reporting and Subcontract reporting
Performs such other duties as the supervisor/project team may from time to time deem necessary


Frequently contacts subcontractor’s contracting personnel to coordinate flow of records, clarify contractual compliance and administer scope and changes.

Interfaces with project team members as well as Legal, Project Controls, Finance & Accounting professionals and other functions supporting Purple Line.

Exercises independent judgment in the analysis of subcontractor’s proposals, determines subcontract requirements, negotiates and assists in awarding subcontracts, and determines compliance needs. Receives direction on objectives, complex administrative problems and possible solutions.

Performs work that involves applying acquired and diversified knowledge and experience in subcontracts administration and the coordination of related activities

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or equivalent discipline, plus a minimum of eight (8) years relevant experience which must be related to subcontracts or general contracts administration for federal, state, local, and/or commercial contracts or an Associate’s degree with a minimum of twelve years of relevant experience.

Without a degree, fourteen years of relevant experience required.

Must demonstrate familiarity and working knowledge of laws, statues, regulations, and requirements pertaining to subcontracts and/or contracts administration for one or more of the following contract types: federal, state, local, and/or commercial. Familiarity with FAR and American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHTO) requirements are desirable but not required.

Experience with multiple contract types (i.e., Time and Materials, Labor Hour, Unit Rate and Fixed Price) and performance-based contracting is required.

A broad knowledge of subcontracting activities typical to the engineering and construction industry is preferred.

Special Skills:

Good analytical, written, verbal and organizational skills. Ability to perform mathematical calculations, to understand contract plans and specifications, organize information, and effectively utilize PC and applicable software.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

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