Contracts Specialist
Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
Greensboro, NC

About $86,000 - $120,000 a year

General Summary:
The Contracts Specialist develops, executes and manages commercial contracts for the procurement of materials, equipment, and services.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Develops, executes, and manages commercial contracts for the procurement of materials, equipment, and services.
Prepares RFP/RFQ’s, analyzes and evaluates proposals, negotiates subcontract provisions, mitigates risk, selects or recommends subcontractors, writes awards, and administers resulting contracts.
Monitors subcontractor performance through the life of the contract.
Negotiates and coordinates additions, deletions, or modifications to contract provisions and terms and conditions.
Negotiates specifications/statement of work, price, date of delivery and other contractual and licensing provisions with subcontractors.
Evaluates proposals to determine the best value suppliers.
Conducts negotiations with all levels of supplier/subcontractor management, which may involve international suppliers/contractors.
Ensures compliance with procurement guidelines, company policies, and strategic company objectives.
Mentors, advises, and trains associate buyers and buyers on key aspects of subcontract administration and strategies to achieve cost objectives with existing suppliers
Develops and implements long-term and short-term strategies to accomplish business unit objectives.
Works directly with legal counsel to negotiate Master Purchase Agreements and Product Support Agreements with suppliers.
Performs cost/ price analysis and negotiations to achieve program cost savings initiatives.
Works with the integrated project team to perform supplier selection in accordance with the overall business objectives.
Presents conclusive recommendation for contract award to Management for approval.
Accountable for subcontract status and maintenance; supplier performance metrics; reporting to all levels of Management).
Coordinates and participate in supplier meetings to ensure contractual compliance.
Manages subcontract deliverables and milestone events schedules, assist with problem resolution and provide subcontract advice to internal customers, and senior management as required.
Works with internal customer to understand requirements to ensure proper suppliers are solicited.


Education, Work Experience, Certification and/or Licensure:
Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, Manufacturing Engineer or Finance preferred.
Master’s degree in Business Administration, Engineering, or Supply Chain preferred.
Minimum of 8+ years’ of global procurement experience with at least 5+ years of contract experience with moderate to high-dollar annual procurement.
12+ years’ of global procurement experience with 8+ years of contract experience with moderate to high-dollar annual procurement is preferred.
Previous experience developing, negotiating, and managing contracts from inception to closure.
Previous experience in the technical aspects of aircraft and non-aircraft related design and manufacturing processes
Previous experience in a directly related procurement, purchasing or supply chain experience within aviation/aerospace manufacturing industry.
Supply Chain and/or Project Management certification preferred.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products required; Proficiency in SAP a plus.
Multi-lingual capabilities in English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and German preferred.
Strong negotiations and leadership skills.
Excellent customer service skills and the ability to communicate with all levels of internal customers.
Strong interpersonal skills for building customer relationships with subcontractors and all levels of company personnel.
Ability to apply sound business judgment and strategic guidance to management in a fast-paced, deadline oriented environment.
Ability to work independently with minimum supervision and juggle multiple priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
Ability to clearly and concisely present data.

Physical Requirements:
Incumbents may be routinely exposed to equipment operational noise heat-cold-dust, and/or aircraft equipment, parts, or fuel odors.
Incumbents may be required to stand, sit, squat, walk, bend, move, reach, or stretch for prolonged time periods with no restrictions, as required by job duties.
Work in a safe and professional manner while adhering to all regulatory requirements (FAA, OSHA, DOT, EPA, State, and Federal regulations, etc.).
Read, hear, speak, and see with no restrictions, as required by job duties.
Comprehend and adhere to management directions and/or safety instructions with no restrictions.
Effectively communicate in Business English language.
Pull, push, carry, lift, or move items up to 10 lbs. throughout the work shift without assistance, as required by job duties.