RTI International / Research Triangle Institute (RTI) is both a global research institute and a leading international development organization. We combine these powerful capabilities with those of our partners to co-create smart, shared solutions for a more prosperous, equitable, and resilient world. Based in North Carolina, USA, RTI is one of USAIDâs top implementing partners. A commitment to making meaningful change energizes our 6,000 staff who deliver results across eight international development sectors and in more than 48 countries.
The Senior Partnerships and Sourcing Officer will serve as a member of the group of trusted partners that assist RTI International proposal and project teams in navigating the diverse and complex world of international development, where RTI strives to improve the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. The general responsibilities of this position will encompass various activities of supply chain management in support of International focused proposals and awarded projects. The position is designed to initially focus on the support of proposal activity thru the sourcing and negotiation of potential suppliers and subcontractors, along with ensuring supplier proposals are compliant with both Client and organizational requirements. The selected individual must also be flexible to support other procurement related areas supported within the team (including but not limited to post award subcontracts), thus potentially touching all stages of the procurement and subcontracting lifecycle.
The position may be expected to travel (domestic or internationally) up to 15% of the time. Candidates must be authorized to work without sponsorship in their country of residence.
Serve as a core member of proposal teams to support partner organizations. including onboarding of partners, cost and contractual negotiations and a general liaison between RTI technical staff and partner organizations. Collaborate with internal clients on needs assessment, market research, requirements generation, and partner sourcing strategies for potential solicitations for subcontracts. Attend capture and proposal kick-off meetings for the purpose of identifying opportunities for subcontractor involvement. Review partner scopes of work and draft and negotiate teaming agreements, non-disclosure agreements and memorandums of understanding with potential partner organizations. Manage engagement of proposal subcontract partners against the demands of the internal and external Proposal timeline and due dates. Thoroughly read and understand solicitations and advise technical staff on sourcing requirements. Have a general understanding of proposal budgeting to work with RTI teams to determine subcontract pricing/contract structure (e.g., firm fixed price, time and materials, cost plus) appropriate to the risk allocated to potential subcontractors at the proposal stage. Coordinate interactions with subcontractors during the life of the proposal. Prepare and issue requests for materials to potential subcontractors. Lead in negotiating price, schedule, and contractual terms consistent with internal and client expectations and in accordance with the FAR, 2 CFR 200, other client regulations, and internal procurement policies and procedures. Evaluate proposals from potential subcontractors for content and price reasonableness and use industry techniques and practices to establish fair and reasonable pricing positions and negotiation ranges with partners. Ensure activities are documented in accordance with client requirements and internal procurement policies and procedures. Â Work to compile all required proposal documentation from partners for submission to the client; including but not limited to budgets and supporting contractual documentation Work under tight deadlines. Interpret client and federal statutes and regulations, including but not limited to the FAR and 2 CFR 200, to assess applicability to applicable subcontractors. Provide training and capacity building to team members, internal customers, and subcontractors as necessary. Analyze requirements for subcontracting and rationalize sourcing activities with consolidation of sources of supply and utilization of strategic sources of supply to the maximum extent practicable.
Education and Experience:Bachelorâs degree and 5 years of relevant experience or Masterâs degree and 3 years of relevant experience Demonstrated experience supporting USG proposals, including USAID. Prior experience working with supplier management preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Demonstrated knowledge of procurement/subcontracts principles and terminology as well as basics of subcontracts administration. Demonstrated understanding of governmental regulations to ensure compliance with relevant procurements. Knowledge of finance and accounting, with experience in Excel budget preparation, negotiation, and/or project budget management a plus. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including the ability to communicate effectively in a multi-cultural environment and diplomatically manage interpersonal relationships. Ability to perform duties that require close attention to detail, to prioritize workload and follow tasks through to completion. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, project staff, suppliers and clients. Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment and multi-task with great attention to detail. Ability to interpret, draft and negotiate complex contractual agreements. Proficiency in Spanish and/or French speaking/writing skills is strongly desired. Ability to identify risks and ensure RTI interests are appropriately protected. Excellent knowledge of Office 365 (including MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, and Sharepoint).
Expected salary range for a US-based employeeÂ isÂ indicatedÂ below. PleaseÂ note, if the position is based outside of the US, the salary range would be different.Â
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