Branch Manager- Procurement/Subcontracts- #0002537

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is a multi-mission science operations center for NASA's flagship observatories. Our world-class astronomical research center is based on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus in Baltimore, Maryland (Click here to learn more about our missions). STScI offers a flexible and welcoming workspace for all (Click here to learn more about our culture).

The Space Telescope Science Institute is seeking a Procurement/ Subcontracts Branch Manager within the Business Resource Center to oversee operations, including supervising staff activities. Ideal candidates will possess technical expertise, integrity, and knowledge of purchasing and subcontracting matters; drafting of contract language; and federal, state, and local government statutes and regulations.

STScI is committed to providing extraordinary customer service to our internal and external customers. We are looking for an individual that shares this dedication. The manager will develop working relationships, as well as handle complaints, negotiate and build consensus. The manager will be the decision-maker to organize and prioritize work. Proficiency with subcontracting process, including knowledge of and skill in communicating effectively with subcontractors and contract negotiations required. Subcontracts experience in a cross-functional setting will lead to success.

Your Role & Responsibilities include:

  • Managing and administering the overall operation of the Procurement Branch of the Business Resource Center (BRC).
  • Planning, organizing, administering and managing the Procurement functions, encompassing the purchasing program and subcontracts.
  • Developing, improving, and maintaining policies, procedures, and objectives for the operation of procurement programs supporting STScI's goals and per government contract requirements.
  • Serving as the technical lead to ensure the procurement system is wholly and effectively integrated into the CostPoint government accounting system.  

Your Experience, Skills & Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of both Procurement and contract administration in both government and commercial environments.
  • Knowledge of the complex concepts, theories, principles, and practices that govern legal and financial transactions, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), and OMB A-122.
  • Ability to cultivate and develop collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to authentically connect, negotiate, influence, and build consensus.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Excellent customer service and communication skills are the foundation for success in this role.
  • Experience leading teams and projects and ability to plan, organize, and prioritize staff's work and handle multiple demands expertly.
  • Experience working with Deltek, Costpoint preferred.
  • U.S. citizenship or Permanent Residency is required. 

Education/ Experience: 

The position requires a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Business Management, or a related field. Certifications such as CFCM, CCCM, or CPCM are desirable. Minimum of eight (8) years of experience working in Government procurement, commercial proposal preparation, negotiation, and a strong emphasis in subcontract administration, including complex transactions.

This is a full-time permanent position. The starting salary is commensurate with education and experience. We offer an excellent and generous benefits package (Click here to explore our benefits).

TO APPLY: Share your experience by uploading a resume and completing an online application. Applications received by October 1st, 2021, will receive full consideration. 

Direct link: Branch Manager- Procurement/Subcontracts 

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Contact Information

The Space Telescope Science Institute



3700 San Martin Drive

Baltimore, MD 21218


Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • Non-Profit
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Business Manager

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information

Based on E

  • Full Time