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Progress Rail Services Corp. Manager, Government Contracts in La Grange, Illinois


Work Location:

LaGrange, IL PRS Corporate

Job Purpose:

The Government Contracts Manager supports sales through the identification, mitigation, and resolution of Government contracts and associated risks within Caterpillar's Rail Division in alignment with compliance objectives. The Government Contracts Manager will also provide guidance in connection with key compliance processes involved in the U.S. Government Contracts tendering process including, RFQ, Negotiation, and Contract Execution. The Government Contracts Manager will perform periodic assessments of the compliance program as well as the performance on Government contracts to ensure both the program and the contract requirements are being met. The role will not only support all levels of Rail Division personnel, but will also interact with external customers including the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. State & Local Government, and transit authorities and their contractors.

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Company Description:

Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, is an integrated rolling stock and infrastructure provider, delivering a full range of products and services to domestic and international railroad customers. Our customers enjoy one-stop shopping and comprehensive cradle-to-grave railway solutions - whether it rolls on the rail or is the rail itself. From locomotives, transit, freight cars and engines, to tracks, signals and advanced technology, we ensure customers can count on us to meet all their rail needs.

Forging the bridge between ideas and success, our talented and innovative team members work together to address the challenges of the rail industry today, ensuring success for the future. As part of a vibrant, global network of business operations, each and every member of our team is important to our success. With headquarters in Albertville, Ala., more than 7,000 dedicated employees serve customers through a network of close to 150 locations around the world. For more information, visit at and follow us @Progress_Rail on Twitter and YouTube.

Education / Training:

• Bachelor’s degree, preferable in business administration,

legal studies, accounting, or finance; required

• At least 5 years of progressively responsible job-related

experience in multiple areas, preferably with contracts,

procurement, legal, compliance, accounting, or finance;


• Master’s degree, preferably in government contracts,

legal studies, or business administration; desired

• At least 10 years of experience in a government

contracts or a compliance environment; desired

Posting Title:

Government Contracts Manager


La Grange

Key Job Elements:

• Review and provide risk analyses on solicitations,

proposals, contracts, delivery and purchase orders, and

other documentation.

• Partner closely with the commercial, legal and finance

teams, and the customer to ensure a clear

understanding of, and compliance with, the appropriate

regulations and government requirements before and

during execution of the contract.

• Support negotiations with customers, suppliers, and


• Perform periodic assessments of the compliance

programs and contract performance.

• Serve as a Rail Division-wide resource in highly

specialized government contracts arena.

• Provide guidance to Rail Division managers, supervisors,

account and program managers, and others.

• Implement the Rail Division’s controls and procedures in

support of the Rail Division’s compliance program.

• Demonstrate leadership and support to leaders in

fostering and enhancing a values-based culture.

• Participate in industry and trade association activities to

stay abreast of government contracts developments and

best practices.

• Provide leadership and coordination across business

segments in connection with the implementation of Rail

Division’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

Compliance Program.

• Be responsible for all regulatory filings and reporting

required for contract performance.

• Offer innovative approaches to problem solving and

develop solutions to contracting issues in leading all

phases of the U.S. Government Contract tendering cycle.

• Active diligence and review necessary certifications

required to maintain the SAM database for applicable

PRS business units with input from functional business


• Develop and deliver training, together with Legal

Services Division, to relevant stakeholders (Supply Chain,

Human Resources, Finance) as it relates to their

involvement in the tendering, procurement, and

execution phases of U.S. Government Contracts.

• Play an instrumental role in helping PRS further develop

a strategy to grow U.S. Government business


• Support business and functional stakeholders in the

improvement of processes related to government

contracting and maintain regular contact with legal


Qualifications and Experience:

Required Qualifications

• Solid domain expertise with Federal Acquisition

Regulations (FAR), experience with equivalent state, and

local government regulations.

• Experience in researching compliance issues, applicable

regulations and law, and formulating recommendations

to management.

• Experience in the development of policies, procedures,

and controls.

• Excellent interpersonal skills, high integrity, and good

judgment are required in order to deal with confidential

issues, developing and persuading others, and

representing the Rail Division before outside parties.

• Strong verbal and written communication skills including

the ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the


• High degree of personal professional ethics and


Desired Qualifications

• Extensive background in two or more of the following

areas: government contracts, procurement, or

compliance within the Caterpillar enterprise.

• Working knowledge of the Code of Federal Regulations,

Federal Acquisition Regulation, Department of

Transportation or Federal Railway Administration

Regulations, and other grant regulations.

• Broad company knowledge and an understanding of the

Rail Division’s products, systems, and compliance



Equal Opportunity Employer – Race/Color/Sex/Religion/National Origin/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Vets/Disabilities


Progress Rail Services Corporation and its subsidiary and affiliate companies offer an excellent total compensation package* including competitive salary, 401(k) plan with company match, available medical/dental/vision/life/disability insurance along with flexible spending and paid vacation and holidays. Relocation assistance may be available for some positions.

*Benefits eligibility differs by job position and employment status - governing plan documents control such benefits..

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Alternative Work Location:

Chicago, IL