Supply Chain Contract Specialist


Portsmouth, NH, US

Requisition ID: 171577 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Home District/Group: DHO Kiewit Supply Network 

Department: Supply Chain Management 

Market: Corporate Home Office 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

We are adding a Supply Chain Contracts Specialist to our team, to support a large complex Infrastructure project in Portsmouth New Hampshire.  In this role, you will be involved in the complete life cycle of the supply chain, with heavy focus on developing/reviewing and negotiating contracts with suppliers for this project and doing cradle to grave procurement coordination including contracts management, for material, subcontract and service agreements.  You will be involved in supply chain contract activities for materials, equipment and/or services for the project from the RFP stage, through final delivery and contract closeout.  You will be the key point of contact for suppliers with regard to product quality, for your projects, and will be the liaison with supplier fabrication sites, project teams, engineering, procurement teams.  


Kiewit is one of North America's largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations.  ENR recently ranked us as #1 in several markets out of 400 GC's in North America.  We work in a variety of markets including oil and gas/petrochemical, transportation, all power markets, building, water/wastewater, industrial and mining.  We hire the best people to work on some of the most important (and largest) projects in North America in our industries and believe in training and developing our employees, to become future leaders! Our clients come to us because of our safety, and quality focus and our ability to deliver.


Individuals with experience in an engineering and/or construction related role as well as contracts development/negotiation experience is preferred.  We’re looking for a team player with the ability to work independently to meet deadlines, goals and objectives that has some general experience in purchasing related functions and want to grow and expand their career, working on iconic projects.  We like people that run a problem, are highly motivated, work well as part of a time and know how to build relationships with suppliers and internal teams.  If you would like to own a process and make a significant impact as we continue to grow Kiewit Supply Network, this is the opportunity for you! 

District Overview

Kiewit Supply Network group specializes in providing comprehensive procurement services to clients across the construction and engineering industries in multiple markets, including transportation; water/wastewater; power; oil, gas and chemical; building; and mining.  Our key objectives are to offer clients a world-class service focused on ensuring equipment, materials and services are consistently estimated and procured at the right price. We strive to offer an appropriate level of quality and ensure materials and services are delivered on schedule and in compliance with the client’s specifications and expectations.


This position is based at a project site in Portsmouth New Hampshire.  This is not remote, nor is it hybrid but we will offer relocation to this location. 


  • Develop contracts, using our Ineight ERP system for RFP process, review/finalize and negotiate terms and conditions with suppliers.  Interface with legal and the project team to ensure our contracts with our suppliers meet our client and contractual standards and specifications.  Manage vendor contracts, change orders and facilitation of payments for the items/services you are handling for the project.  Responsible for all critical commercial supporting documentation for supply chain for your project.   
  • Confer with staff, users and vendors to discuss defective or unacceptable goods or services and determine corrective action and communicate with logistics team on scheduling for parts/equipment.
  • Leverage vendors/subcontractors across multiple procurements to create cost savings to projects.
  • Research and evaluate suppliers based on price, quality, selection, service, support, availability, reliability, production and distribution capabilities and the supplier’s reputation and history.
  • Monitor shipments to ensure goods come in on time and resolve problems related to undelivered goods.
  • Prepare/issue Request for Proposals (RFP’s) and evaluate vendor/subcontractor proposals to identify vendors/subcontractors who meet project constraints of budget and schedule at the estimating, execution and site purchasing levels.
  • Assist in the development of company-wide procurement templates. 
  • Assist in negotiating high-risk contracts for various projects.
  • Work to resolve escalated, complex, or disputed contract issues that may impact the schedule of the project.
  • Develop and maintain vendor relationships and manage supplier-specific vendor template negotiations.
  • Support procurement staff meetings and provide legal communication to the team as needed.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Construction Management or related field with at least 2 years contracts related experience with contract management/negotiation for vendors/subcontractors.   We encourage military and veterans to apply.  If no degree, a minimum of 4 years in supply chain/contracts functions are required.  
  • Ideal candidate would have experience in construction, Engineering, industrial, or manufacturing related environment.  (If you have construction experience in a Field Engineering role where you are doing supply chain related functions, we encourage you to apply).
  • Minimum of 1 years' negotiation experience with suppliers, and experience reviewing and managing contracts OR prior experience working on a complex infrastructure construction site with interest in learning Supply Chain functions.  
  • A general understanding of procurement (managing the RFP process, contract management, procurement execution, estimating, expediting, and site purchasing) through experience in SC roles or through Construction projects is required.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Power Point, Word, Excel) 
  • General knowledge of database utilization and SAP Experience a plus
  • Highly motivated, with a demonstrated passion for excellence and taking initiative 
  • Strong work ethic, willing to do what it takes to get the job done right the first time.  Strong individual contributor and team player with ability to build relationships
  • Demonstrated commitment to ethics and integrity. 
  • Passion for safety, with the ability to help us ensure that nobody gets hurt. 
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills

Other Requirements:

  • Regular, reliable attendance 
  • Work productively and meet deadlines timely
  • Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment.
  • Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
  • Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.
  • May work at various different locations and conditions may vary.


We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.

Nearest Major Market: Portsmouth
Nearest Secondary Market: Boston

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