Career Opportunities
Contract Specialist

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.

Apply NowOne day you might be working on bulletproof vests, and the next it could be satellites or the rockets that put them into orbit.

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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What Some DCMA Contract Specialists Say
About the Position
“There are a lot of changes – a lot of learning in the beginning.”

“You have to be proactive and on your toes. Sometimes a
contractor will try to slip things past you hoping you
won’t notice.”

“I like that it’s different every day. There is always a chance
to learn and grow. I like the interaction with customers,
contractors, people.”

“DCMA doesn’t have a set procedure for bringing people on
board. There are a lot of benefits and training opportunities, but you need to ask to find out about some of them. Don’t be shy about asking.”

“The benefits are great. They are on point with what I
expected—a 40-hour week and health benefits.”

“Don’t get frustrated. Give it some time, and you’ll find DCMA is
a great place to be employed.”