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Senior Contracts Specialist

Company: Vancouver Shipyards
Company - Location: Vancouver Shipyards - North Vancouver, BC


The Senior Contracts Specialist reports to the Manager, Contracts and is responsible for contract negotiations, prime proposals support, customer relationships, contractual support for internal teams, and execution and administration of National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) contracts. Additionally, the Senior Contracts Specialist is responsible for ensuring Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) contract management standards and processes are properly applied, all obligations of VSY and the customer are met, and contractual risks are identified and mitigated. The successful candidate will have excellent negotiation and relationship management skills and requires knowledge of contract law, contract drafting, and Canadian Government contracting policy and process.


  • Negotiate contracts and associated amendments with the customer and support prime contract proposal preparation.
  • Identify contractual risks/issues and work to manage and develop mitigation strategies.
  • Review contract change proposals and, if required, consult with legal counsel regarding interpretation of issues. This also includes review and assistance in negotiation of all changes to the contract, as required.
  • Prepare, present and execute agreement documents covering the prime contracts and amendments, ensuring the execution of contractual documentation is in accordance with the company’s delegation of authority policy.
  • Provides thorough and timely review of documents drafted by other parties identifying, evaluating and mitigating commercial and contractual risk to the company.
  • Act as a resource for all internal departments, ensuring interpretation of prime contract requirements and impact on other team’s work.
  • Liaise with Customers and provide formal communication of reports on progress, changes required, and the subsequent impact on schedule and budget.
  • Liaise with Customers regarding contract deliverables, including documentation, plans, milestones and other unique contract requirements.
  • Keeps Manager and the Program Team apprised of business risk issues.
  • Ensure the business area is cognizant of the requirement to have these agreements properly expressed and executed in a timely manner to protect the interests of the business area as well as the Company.
  • Keep accurate, easily accessible and complete records of the Company’s contractual and business matters for the scope of work assigned to them.
  • Keep documented records of commitments made and understanding between the Company and its customers.
  • Maintain a good understanding of the processes used by the Company to monitor its day to day affairs and follow those processes (e.g. contract approval, timesheet recording, performance reporting).

Education and Experience

  • University degree is required, preferably in business or law.
  • 8-10 years of related industry or government experience.
  • Direct experience with Canadian Federal Government Procurement agreements including Standard Acquisition Clauses and Conditions (SACC) knowledge is preferred.
  • Must be able to secure a Canadian Government (CISD) Personal Security Clearance and controlled goods registration.

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently, both in writing and in person.
  • Analytical ability with business issues and legal terms; appropriate applied standards and procedures.
  • Strong customer service orientation. Demonstrated abilities to understand and translate customer needs into feasible work plans.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, negotiation and relationship management skills with all level of employees, internal and external.
  • Proven ability to take initiative and problem solve.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and prioritize.
  • Demonstration of leadership skills including influencing others relative to core values behaviour’s and strategic goals.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including to senior management levels.
  • Demonstrated initiative, creativity and integrity.
  • Ability to work with limited direction and to function as a team member.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong computer skills including Word/Excel/PowerPoint.
  • Good judgment and reasoning skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of English language, verbal and written.
  • Demonstration of exemplary business ethics, integrity and honesty in all situations.
  • Ability to source best practices as necessary contractual issues.

Seaspan is committed to Employment Equity, supports diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including, women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities.

Note: Unsolicited applications from recruitment agencies will not be accepted

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