• Workplace Solutions (WPS) Cost Control & Strategy Manager

    Posted Date 2 months ago(7/26/2019 3:06 PM)
    Job Location
    Required Clearance
    No clearance
    Facilities/Real Estate Management
    Employment Type
    Full Time
    Hiring Company
    General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Basic Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree is required plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience to meet managerial expectations.


    Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

    Responsibilities for this Position

    General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) Facilities and Real Estate (FRE) organization has an immediate opening for a Cost Control & Strategy Manager to join the Workplace Solutions (WPS) team.  The selected candidate will work across a diverse portfolio of more than 65 sites consisting of engineering office and lab spaces, manufacturing plants and secure facilities.  The Cost Control & Strategy Manager will partner with GDMS capture teams, relevant stakeholders and partners to provide pathway guidance on proposal efforts, including, but not limited to, facility options, ROMs, and high level schedules.  In addition, the manager will provide thought leadership on all GDMS Workplace Solutions with regard to procurement strategy, vendor strategy, RFP development, bid evaluation, and partner with WPS Project Manager to develop Initial Plan of Record documenting scope, schedule, and cost.  Finally, Cost Control & Strategy Manager will assess current FRE workplace standards and implementation strategies and their associated cost drivers to determine if alternative strategies should be considered to reduce cost and/or time required to deliver solutions required by the business.  The Cost Control & Strategy Manager should be well versed with working experience in the areas of project management, preconstruction estimating, strategic sourcing, procurement, compliance, contracting, and vendor management.


    Responsibiliites and Tasks:


    As a leader on the Workplace Solutions team, lead effort to create Workplace Strategy repeatable, documented process and define organizational structure to support execution of $30 - $50M complex facilities projects annually – mid to large scale (generally ranging from $1M to $10M) - with focus on adding value in the following disciplines:   


    1. Estimating:

    • Deliver quality controlled estimates for projects and programs as assigned.
    • Develop detailed resource costs for work activities based on the planned schedule of execution, applies project burdens and indirect costs, applies dictated fees and taxes, defines costs associated with contract general conditions, and applies expected margins to produce a reasonable probable project and/or contract cost.
    • In partnership with FRE team members, aid in development of Initial and Final Plans of Record (IPOR / FPOR) that clearly defines estimate methodology, scope, pricing characteristics, escalation, assumptions, and exclusions such that the customer has complete understanding of the content and the components of the delivered estimate of probable cost.
    • Review estimates delivered by other service providers to determine compliance with project and/or program procedures, estimate completeness, accuracy, and technical development and compliance with best practices.
    • Review contractual documents and contract modifications to determine scope of work and/or scope changes, and defines cost and schedule impacts to the base contract, and to provide written evaluation and recommendation of reasonable reconciliation and remediation to project and/or program management staff.
    • Travel as required.

    2. Strategic Sourcing:

    • Identify, evaluate, and recommend appropriate contract vehicles for all procurements
    • Aid in development and execution of Requests for Proposal (RFP) for all procurements
    • Develop negotiation strategy
    • Lead bid evaluations and document sourcing strategy
    • Partner with procurement on process, best practices, and continuous feedback
    • Interface with the business leaders and lead the cross functional team to execute the aligned sourcing strategy
    • Document key metrics associated with cost savings, cost avoidance, and procurement volume by project type, vendor, vehicles

    3. Manage Vendor Contracts and Relationships:

    • Lead and maintain MSA (Master Service Agreement) contract initiatives in partnership with GDMS Procurement to leverage national partners quickly and competitively
    • Assist or lead performance reviews with key suppliers and internal stakeholders to evaluate supplier performance and make recommendations to address issues and exploit opportunities.
    • Communicate and resolve supplier related problems as they occur

    4. Align organizational staffing and capabilities to ensure end-to-end expertise is applied to the pipeline of business activity

    5. Build and preserve trusting relationships with our internal customers by developing a complete understanding of business

        unit’s strategic direction, their goals, challenges, key initiatives, and assumptions.

    6. Develop and maintain exceptional working relationships with leaders across business operations (IT, Security, Integration,                        Marketing / Internal Communications, and HR), Facilities and Real Estate partners (Strategy & Alignment, Operations and

        Real Estate team members) and other business partners, consultants and project managers.

    7. Update metrics per project and help support internal benchmarking reports.

    8. Confidently and effectively lead Cost Control & Strategy team, including training, employee development, mentorship, and

        upholding a culture of reward and recognition.

    9. Perform other duties as assigned.


    Leadership Expectations:

    • Develop yourself
    • Develop others
    • Be a team player
    • Communicate effectively
    • Develop and sustain relationships
    • Shape culture and positively impact the morale, and engagement of those around you
    • Operate at the appropriate level and deliver on your commitments
    • Think and act strategically
    • Confront reality
    • Take reasonable, managed risks


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Must demonstrate competencies in the following areas:
      • Design & Construction estimating and sourcing experience with a history of process utilization
      • Value engineering practices, with history of delivery against targets
      • Negotiation
      • AIA and/or similar contract creation & management
      • Command of government contractor procurement guidelines, including compliance, sole / single source justification, and competitive procurement of vendor partners and trade (i.e. owner’s representation, third-party project management, A&E firms, security / IT vendors, and furniture dealers)
      • Translating architectural drawings, furniture and space planning concepts into high-level ROMs (rough order of magnitude), estimates, and pathway guidance
      • Managing all aspects of construction projects effectively and efficiently including, but not limited to budget, schedule, procurement, and risk mitigation. Project types will range, including, but not limited to, building expansions, occupied renovations, secure construction, agile workplace implementation, manufacturing spaces, and labs.
    • Extensive knowledge of MS Office applications; knowledge of cost estimating applications a plus.
    • Problem-solving attitude
    • Excellent active listening, oral and written communication skills
    • Ability to handle multiple tasks, manage time effectively, and establish priorities to meet deadlines in a fast-paced team environment
    • Aptitude for fostering positive relationships
    • Team player, thrives in collaborative environments
    • Comfortable and effective at conveying information verbally and electronically


































    Company Overview

    General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation.  With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas.  Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency.  We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose.  You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded.  If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!


    General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.  EOE/Disability/Veteran


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