Contract Specialist

Location US-MI-Ann Arbor
# Positions
Current Opening


Altarum is pleased to announce an opening for a Contract Specialist to work out of our headquarters in Ann Arbor, MI. The Contract Specialist must maintain high ethical standards, protect corporate proprietary information, and use discretion and good judgment in daily work. The Contract Specialist will strive to minimize or eliminate risk to Altarum and achieve profitability goals through strategic, well thought out financial and contractual guidance to technical staff. The Contract Specialist is responsible for ensuring that all proposals, contracts, and subcontracts are designed and administered in compliance with regulatory, statutory, and legal requirements.


The Contract Specialist will perform a variety of contracting and related functions, including:

  • Prepare and review cost proposals and negotiate price, terms, and conditions for contracts, subcontracts, and other agreements (teaming, non-disclosure, proprietary data, independent contractors, etc..)
  • Serve as the primary interface between Altarum and government, prime contractor, and subcontractor procurement staff
  • Complete contract and subcontract close-outs
  • Issue RFPs to subcontractors
  • Provide contractual guidance to proposal development efforts
  • Complete Project Initiation forms upon project award
  • Maintain internal Contracts Management System
  • Review and approval of direct charge invoices/expenses
  • Maintain awareness of and assist as needed in administering of Altarum’s contracting processes, procedures, plans, and required Government compliance programs
  • Perform additional tasks and responsibilities as assigned


In order to be successful, the Contract Specialist will possess the following qualifications, including:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or a related discipline
  • Exceptional capability in developing and maintaining business relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a high-pressure, time-sensitive environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication, across various organizational levels
  • Attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (especially Excel and Word)
  • Excellent data review and processing skills
  • Ability to work extra hours when needed
  • Strong problem solving skills and a desire to meet challenges
  • Good task estimation skills and detail orientation
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team
  • Self-starter and able to work independently


Altarum is a nonprofit systems research and consulting organization serving government and private sector clients, since 1946. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI our focus is solely on improving health and health care. Combining the analytical rigor of a research institution with the business agility of a consulting firm, the Institute is uniquely positioned to deliver practical, systems-based solutions to its clients and funders. Altarum’s nonprofit status ensures that the public interest is always preeminent in our work. Our dedication to social responsibility is evident in all that we do, serving the public good with integrity and enabling others to do the same. Altarum's dynamic work environment emphasizes integrity, personal commitment, and teamwork. 

In addition to the meaningful and challenging work, Altarum offers an outstanding benefits program that includes paid time off, tuition reimbursement, 401k (5% employer contribution), a flexible work environment, and much more. We invite you to explore exciting and rewarding career opportunities with us. 


Altarum is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a protected veteran, or disability.


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