How important is a Contract Specialist? The work is so fundamental to DCMA that the Agency places Contract Specialists all over the country and around the world. When you think about it, what you do is even part of our name‚ Defense Contract Management Agency.
The work is all about the contract. You might start by helping to develop the agreement that lays out what a contractor is promising the government. From there you support negotiations that get the best deal for both the government and the contractor.
With each new assignment, you’ll help draft the agreement and follow it through to completion. Along the way, you’ll work with engineers and quality assurance pros, sometimes our on the factory floor, to make sure the work is being done right. You’ll also interact with our finance pros to ensure that billing and payments are in line with the agreement.
To be eligible for contract specialist you do need a college degree, but that degree can come from any field, from finance to engineering provided you have at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing or organization and management. Obviously, you need to be highly detail oriented to manage contracts and communication skills as it’s your job to make sure that everyone is fully informed and doing the part.
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