Director of Contracts & Purchasing

Vienna, VA

At Criterion Systems, we developed a different kind of business—a company whose real value is a reputation for excellence built upon the collective skills, talents, perspectives, and backgrounds of its people. By accepting a position with Criterion Systems, you will join a group of professionals with a collaborative mindset where we share ideas and foster professional development to accomplish our goals. In addition to our great culture, we also offer competitive compensation and benefit packages, company-sponsored team building events, and advancement opportunities. To find out more about how Criterion can help you take your career to the next level please visit our website:

Criterion Systems’ rapid growth has created the need for a Director of Contracts & Purchasing based at our Vienna, VA headquarters. In this role you will serve as the Director overseeing and managing the successful utilization of all federal awards, contracts, task orders, master service agreements, blanket purchase agreements, subcontracts and other associated agreements. You will lead a team of contract and purchasing professionals responsible for the full life cycle of the Company’s government and commercial contracts and associated compliance requirements. The position serves as the liaison between the Company and agency Contracting Officers and/or subcontract procurement agents as needed for pre-award activities pertaining to solicitations, proposals and contract negotiations, as well as cradle-to-grave contract administration activities on assigned contracts. Executes binding contractual documents as signatory for all prime contract awards and subcontracts including General Service Administration (GSA) contracts. 


  • Oversight for the Company’s GSA Schedules and compliance;
  • Acquire and/or maintain a general understanding and appreciation of the business, technical and financial (profit and loss) dimensions of bids, proposals and contracts including RFPs/RFQs;
  • Recommend improvements and changes in Company policies and procedures related to procurement, terms, and conditions;
  • Ensure compliance with Company policies and procedures, including those governing bid/proposal preparation, contract negotiations, performance of contractual requirements, record keeping, and management of various contract or business-related agreements;
  • Oversee formal contractual interface with the customer for contract management;
  • Monitor compliance with contractual and agreement obligations and facilitate corrective actions;
  • Provide oversight for negotiations with customers and subcontractors, of contracts and subcontracts, related changes, and claims to achieve agreement or settlement within approved boundaries;
  • Provide guidance based upon regulation changes (FAR, DFAR, etc.);
  • Develop and review documents such as contracts, subcontracts, teaming and partnering agreements, nondisclosure agreements, business associate agreements, as well as other policies and procedures in connection with the contract administration function;
  • Review solicitations and manage and/or prepare price proposals/quotes with supporting data for conformity with government agency and company policies;
  • Manage contract actions to ensure approvals, extensions, modifications, supplemental funding requests, key personnel notifications, close-outs, and other actions are handled promptly;
  • Ensure compliance with appropriate governing regulations including Federal Acquisition Regulations, Agency regulation supplements (e.g., Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement), and commercial contracting laws, regulations and other applicable guidelines;
  • Analyze and communicate new laws, regulations, and acquisition trends;
  • Develop and negotiate complex proposals and related partner agreements;
  • Develop significant working and influential relationships with key government clients at senior levels;
  • Support compliance with corporate risk directives including review of proposals and contracts;
  • Work with members of executive management to address unique contractual situations or agreements requiring special considerations;
  • Assist in development of departmental and organizational policies, processes and procedures; responsible for creation and implementation of standard templates, contractual documents, addenda and legal instruments. Review/approve requests for red-lines and/or modifications to approved documents for risk, compliance and general acceptability;
  • Establish and communicate determinations regarding final disposition of requests for deviations, price changes, claims and associated contract actions;
  • Manage administration of portfolio of contracts, subcontracts, and associated actions;
  • Prepare contract briefs and revisions summarizing contractual requirements to assist/support budget inputs;
  • Review solicitations, modifications, extensions and all contractual documents for accuracy, performance risk, and conformance with contract terms, conditions, and other provisions including applicable regulations and business team objectives prior to signature/acceptance;
  • Provide guidance on contract matters to team members, coworkers, and personnel assigned, including training new employees in contracting practices and procedures;
  • Review and manage contract obligations in accordance with company policies and procedures, applicable laws and regulations, and customer requirements;
  • Provide oversight of contracts, including contract performance monitoring, compliance, audit support (including but not limited to serving as primary corporate point of contact responsible for scheduled and ad-hoc contract audits initiated by the Defense Contract Management Agency, Defense Contract Audit Agency, and General Services Administration), liability and performance risk identification, and recommendations for mitigation;
  • Perform additional duties and participate in special projects as assigned.


  • Minimum of twelve years of experience managing Federal Government contracts and subcontracts; preferably within a professional services company or similar environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; in Business or Legal studies.
  • Experience with Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) compliance, General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules requirements, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (DFAR).
  • Recognized leader and role model; proven motivational and leadership skills; team player with ability to negotiate “win-win” agreements.
  • Must have a depth and breadth of knowledge in proposal preparation and Federal and Defense Acquisition Regulations including the implementation and integration of changing acquisition regulations.
  • Must be able to work positively and effectively with all levels of Company employees and interface with customers in a fast-paced environment.
  • Effectively handle multiple demands, leverage resources appropriately.
  • High proficiency in reading comprehension and ability to parse government documents for critical and essential elements of information.
  • Excellent written communication skills and can organize complex materials and concepts in a manner that is clear and logical; excellent verbal communication – clear, concise, persuasive; builds consensus; polished, professional style.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, short suspense, high pressured work environment.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a TS level security clearance.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required. 


  • Active contracting industry professional certification (e.g., National Contract Management Association Certified Contract Manager (CFCM) Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C)/Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level II, or similar).

Criterion Systems is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit



Criterion offers comprehensive health benefits including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance. Most of our plans are available at no cost for employee only coverage.

Time Off

Employees begin accruing PTO at 15 days per year and acquire more based on seniority. In addition to PTO, Criterion provides 10 holidays and bereavement, military, jury duty, and family medical leave.


  • Roth and Traditional 401(k) Plans with company matching contributions
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Commuter Benefits


All employees are eligible to use up to $3,000 annually for approved professional development, including trainings, memberships, seminars, and degree programs.

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Criterion Systems, Inc. is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination at all levels of our organization. We believe in treating all applicants and employees fairly and make decisions without regard to an individual’s protected status: race/ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, pregnancy/childbirth or related conditions, religion, creed, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other protected status.

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