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Contracts Specialist

Defense Unicorns

Defense Unicorns

Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2024

Role Description:

As a Contract Specialist, you will play a critical role in our organization's success by negotiating pre-award terms and conditions, assisting in pricing efforts, and reviewing and revising various agreements. You will collaborate closely with all segments of the business providing valuable insights and support to ensure successful contract development and execution. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in government contracting, excellent analytical and negotiation skills, and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.


  • Negotiate pre-award terms and conditions and price for contracts
  • Assist in pricing efforts and develop estimates in support of project scoping
  • Review, revise, and redline NDAs, teaming agreements, and other agreements
  • Maintain strong, positive relationships with clients and other segments of the organization, ensuring clear communication and satisfaction with contract execution
  • Develop agreement language and templates as necessary
  • Take initiative and be proactive with self-starting projects or taskings
  • Execute contract modifications, amendments, and extensions in accordance with company policies and procedures.
  • Understand obligations of contracts and act as advisor to company regarding contractual terms and conditions
  • Utilize analytical skills, negotiation experience, and written communication to effectively perform job duties
  • Oversee and manage the administration of contracts from the point of award through contract closure
  • Maintain comprehensive and accurate records of all contract-related documents and correspondence

Travel Expectations/Requirements: Expected travel 0% - 25%

The listed responsibilities are not exhaustive and additional responsibilities may be assigned based on the evolving needs of the organization. We are seeking a dynamic individual who is able to adapt and take on new responsibilities as they arise.

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of experience in government contracting
  • Strong understanding of contract management principles
  • Well experienced in pre-award and post-award activities
  • Excellent negotiation, communication, and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with estimating and price analysis
  • Proven track record of taking initiative and being proactive
  • Self-starter with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience working in a remote work environment

Full compensation packages are based on candidate experience. Compensation ranges are established using national benchmarking data and apply across all geographic locations within the United States.

Remote - USA
$96,000$132,000 USD

Who We Are

Defense Unicorns delivers mission value by streamlining software delivery so our customers can focus on the most important challenges. We share a vision of freedom and security for the advancement of progress and innovation. Our commitment to this vision, and to our mission-driven customers, means a commitment to speed, user experience and optionality, without compromising security. Our team is composed of innovators, software engineers, and veterans with decades of experience delivering technology programs across the federal market.

What We Do

We create and deliver secure solutions for continuous software integration and delivery. Defense Unicorns consolidates the best practices for security pipelines, testing, and deployment automation in order to meet the high security requirements valued by mission owners. Our solutions are agnostic by design and we believe that growing a robust ecosystem of secure, cloud-native software solutions can help enterprise customers inside and outside the federal market buy and integrate software more easily.

Who We Serve

Defense Unicorns’ customers are mission-focused leaders across public and private enterprises. We proudly support defense and civil agencies across the U.S. government and we work closely with the creators of leading-edge software solutions to deliver value to the mission-owner by improving the security and consumability of commercial software products.

What We Work On

  • Kubernetes
  • Cloud Environments (AWS/GCP and Azure)
  • Infrastructure-as-code (like Terraform/Pulumi)
  • Continuous Delivery and automation tooling
  • GitOps
  • Containers
  • CNCF projects and open source products and packages
  • Helm/Kustomize-Value Stream Mapping
  • Building and improving security delivery
  • Building Kubernetes and cloud native applications

Benefits Our Unicorns Enjoy


  • Medical/Dental/Vision
  • Premiums are 100% Company Paid
  • Health Reimbursement Account
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance


  • 401k with Employer Contribution (Regardless of Employee Contribution)
  • Company Stock Options
  • Home Office Setup Budget


  • Unlimited paid time off, with a mandatory 10 days off on top of 11 federal government holidays, week of Thanksgiving, last two weeks of December (including New Year’s Day)
  • Paid Parental Leave


  • Reimbursement for approved trainings/subscriptions
  • Conferences (travel, lodging, and fees)

Don’t have all the preferred experience or qualifications? Studies show that underrepresented groups like women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs if they don't meet every requirement listed.

At Defense Unicorns, we're committed to diversity. If you're enthusiastic about the role but don't match every criteria, we encourage you to apply. You could be the perfect fit for this or another role! Defense Unicorns is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.