Contract Specialist

Chicago, IL, USA
Job Type
Full Time


Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, Business, Computer Science, MIS, or related field from accredited program is preferred. Applicable years of experience may be substituted for degree requirement.
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA strongly preferred.
  • Prior internship and/or related consulting experience preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge in implementation technologies, principles and procedures for Primavera Cloud, Unifier, and NetSuite.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work methodically and analytically in a quantitative problem-solving environment and demonstrated critical thinking skills.
  • Proficient computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite)
  • Basic computer skills in implementation software and technologies.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills.

About the Role

Summary: This position works with the Chief Operations Officer as a direct liaison with the Chief Executive Officer. The Contract Specialist performs purchase order/task order/contract pre-award functions such as the preparation of procurement requests, requests for contracts, statements of work, and sole source justifications, and assisting with market research.

The organizational location of this position is: Chicago, IL as an in-person position. 


  • You will serve as a Contract Specialist performing simplified acquisitions and administering post award functions such as issuing orders, and completing contract modifications, evaluating performance, and completing contract terminations.
    • You will aid in the development and review of requirements (Statement of Work, specifications, technical evaluation criteria, source selection plans) and make recommendations to ensure documents are complete and well defined.
    • You will recommend an appropriate method of procurement (full and open competition, sole source) by reviewing previous history, market conditions and/or technical data packages.
    • You will prepare and issue solicitations for a variety of requirements (services and/or supplies) and select appropriate clauses including packaging and delivery requirements or other stipulations.
    • You will serve as the central point of contact for inquiries on assigned procurement actions.
    • You will perform a detailed price and cost analysis of proposals received to assess fair and reasonableness and make recommendations to higher graded contract specialists.
    • You will prepare business clearances, participate in negotiations with higher graded contract specialists, and provide recommendations for award.
    • You will coordinate with other Foreign Government agencies to obtain wage rate information, request audits and/or pre-award survey.
    • You will oversee and manage all administrative functions associated with large overseas contract(s).


Required Experience:

  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with others throughout the organization and externally.
  • Protects data from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration, or unauthorized deletion.
  • Provides the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures.
  • Handles conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately.
  • Monitors information and analytical systems to evaluate and enhance the quality of service provided to clients.
  • Evidence of specialized experience must be supported by detailed documentation of duties performed in positions held on your resume. You must provide work experience information such as hours per week, salary, and starting/ending dates of employment (month and year format) to establish you have one full year of specialized experience. OR education (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED): Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a masters or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree, LL.B., or J.D., if related. OR, combination (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED): Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an equivalent combination of a successfully completed graduate education and specialized experience related to the work of the Financial Management Specialist position.
  • You will be rated on the following competencies for this position:
  • Analysis and Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Performance Measurement
  • Technical Competence

About the Company

Laconic leads the global market in providing Environmental Intelligence services. We employ cutting-edge remote data sensing and geospatial technologies, human intelligence, AI and ML informatics, and predictive analytics to offer Environmental Monitoring, Risk Management, Decision Support, Domain Awareness, and Natural Capital Monetization applications. Our integrated technology platform and services enable governments, financial institutions, and corporations to make strategic business decisions in response to operational challenges arising from the intersection of ecology, economy, and security domains. As a member of the UN’s Global Marketplace, we design our services and applications to help clients achieve each of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our advanced SADAR™ Environmental Intelligence platform allows clients to assess various environmental scenarios promptly and make informed business decisions based on our proprietary analytics with the highest data pedigree. SADAR™ gathers environmental data through multi-modal ingestion from numerous global sources and organizes it using Laconic’s unique Universal Environmental Identifier (LUEI), which enables data fusion, contextual search, and custom ML models for our clients.

We collaborate with clients to develop tailored solutions that address diverse issues such as regional food security, decarbonization, financial compliance obligations, and habitat preservation. Our solutions maintain local social, cultural, and economic norms while actively promoting sustainable growth.

Our team comprises experienced professionals from a wide range of business, academic, and governmental sectors. We work with client nations and organizations to integrate newly available insights from the environment into strategies that reduce risk, boost profitability, and drive innovative initiatives.

At Laconic, we envision a world where humanity’s progress aligns with the protection, restoration, and ongoing sustainability of natural systems. We believe that responsible economic growth supports a thriving planet. Equipped with the necessary tools to deliver timely, relevant insights, our committed team upholds uncompromising excellence, high standards, and honest communication. Discretion and the power to choose our actions lie at the heart of Laconic’s core values.

Laconic, founded in 2019, holds Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) status and has its headquarters in Chicago, with additional offices in Bali, San Diego, and Toronto.