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Contract Specialist

Posted Mar 04
Full Time
On Site
Irving, Texas

Career Area:

Legal and Compliance

Job Description:

Your Work Shapes the World at Caterpillar Inc.

When you join Caterpillar, you're joining a global team who cares not just about the work we do – but also about each other.  We are the makers, problem solvers, and future world builders who are creating stronger, more sustainable communities. We don't just talk about progress and innovation here – we make it happen, with our customers, where we work and live. Together, we are building a better world, so we can all enjoy living in it.


What matters most to you? Is it being part of a strong team?  Supporting your family? Solving global problems? You can do these and more at Caterpillar; where your work enables progress around the globe, and you contribute to meaningful work. Together, we can build what matters!

About Caterpillar Defense  

Caterpillar Defense represents all industry segments within Caterpillar. Caterpillar’s company strategy includes sustainability as one of four focus areas, and Caterpillar Defense leverages industry team support to actively prepare and offer green energy solutions for the future. 

Caterpillar Defense is seeking a Contract Specialist located in Dallas, Texas.   In this role, you will, coordinate the preparation of new/more complex contract assignments and administers existing contracts to support the business.

Relocation assistance is NOT available for this position.

What You Will Do:

  • Reviewing and drafting contract terms and documents to ensure contract reflects agreed upon requirements.

  • Participating in customer negotiations.

  • Providing guidance to business teams during contract negotiations to meet contract requirements.

  • Conducting and communicating risk evaluation for assigned contract transactions to ensure company business objectives are met.

What You Will Have:
Risk Management: Level Basic Understanding: Knowledge of processes, tools and techniques for assessing and controlling an organization's exposure to risks of various kinds; ability to apply knowledge of risk management appropriately to diverse situations.

  • Identifies major categories of business risks.

  • •Describes key issues and benefits of risk management practices.

  • Describes potential consequences associated with specific examples of business risks.

  • Makes use of organizational resources for risk avoidance and management.

Accuracy and Attention to Detail Level Extensive Experience Understanding the necessity and value of accuracy; ability to complete tasks with high levels of precision.:

  • Evaluates and makes contributions to best practices.

  • Processes large quantities of detailed information with high levels of accuracy.

  • Productively balances speed and accuracy.

  • Employs techniques for motivating personnel to meet or exceed accuracy goals.

  • Implements a variety of cross-checking approaches and mechanisms.

  • Demonstrates expertise in quality assurance tools, techniques, and standards.

Decision Making and Critical Thinking Level Basic Understanding: Knowledge of the decision-making process and associated tools and techniques; ability to accurately analyze situations and reach productive decisions based on informed judgment.

  • Explains characteristics and steps in an effective decision-making process.

  • Identifies issues and communicates with others when a decision needs to be made.

  • Names decision makers in own environment and cites examples of past decisions.

  • Describes types of decisions incumbent may and may not make in own job or function.

Effective Communications: Level Working Knowledge: Understanding of effective communication concepts, tools and techniques; ability to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors.

  • Delivers helpful feedback that focuses on behaviors without offending the recipient.

  • Listens to feedback without defensiveness and uses it for own communication effectiveness.

  • Makes oral presentations and writes reports needed for own work.

  • Avoids technical jargon when inappropriate.

  • Looks for and considers non-verbal cues from individuals and groups.

Managing Multiple Priorities Level Working Knowledge: Knowledge of effective self-management practices; ability to manage multiple concurrent objectives, projects, groups, or activities, making effective judgments as to prioritizing and time allocation.

  • Recognizes changing demands and priorities; validates changes with management.

  • Obtains information about how current assignments contribute to organizational goals.

  • Completes current work according to assigned priorities.

  • Responds to day-to-day operational priorities while still making progress on project work.

  • Performs at least 2-3 concurrent activities without reducing productivity.

Problem Solving: Level Working Knowledge : Knowledge of approaches, tools, techniques for recognizing, anticipating, and resolving organizational, operational or process problems; ability to apply knowledge of problem solving appropriately to diverse situations.

  • Identifies and documents specific problems and resolution alternatives.

  • Examines a specific problem and understands the perspective of each involved stakeholder.

  • Develops alternative techniques for assessing accuracy and relevance of information.

  • Helps to analyze risks and benefits of alternative approaches and obtain decision on resolution.

  • Uses fact-finding techniques and diagnostic tools to identify problems.

Legal Analysis: Level Basic Understanding: Knowledge of methods and tools used in legal analysis; ability to read, interpret and draw accurate conclusions from both legal and factual information.

  • Lists analytical activities and responsibilities of lawyers, paralegals and legal analysts.

  • Documents key concepts surrounding legal analysis.

  • Applies specific legal analytical research tools and methods for problem solving.

  • Explains how legal concepts are organized and the type of information they provide.

Contracts Review :   Level Working Knowledge : Knowledge of the contractual and legal matters related to expenditures (consulting services, maintenance, agreements, acquisitions, outsourcing, etc.); ability to evaluate, interpret and improve the language used in contractual agreements.

  • Maintains files of relevant information for specific customers, vendors, or contracts.

  • Assesses key legal considerations associated with terms and conditions of a contract.

  • Interprets legal documents detailing service provisions by an outside party.

  • Assists in evaluating specific pricing and delivery alternatives while analyzing benefits and drawbacks of each.

  • Monitors compliance with contract specifications and regulations.

Basic Requirements:

  • Knowledge of FAR/DFAR and Salesforce

  • 2+ years of experience with government contracts (acquire and/or execution)

Degree Requirement
Degree or equivalent experience desired

What You Will Get:  

Our goal at Caterpillar is for you to have a rewarding career. Our teams are critical to the success of our customers who build a better world. Here you earn more than just a salary. Because we value your performance, we offer a total rewards package that provides day-one benefits, including but not limited to: 

  • Competitive salary and annual bonus program 

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage​ 

  • Paid time off plan (Vacation, Holiday, Volunteer, Etc.)​ 

  • Company-matched 401(k) plan 

  • Stock option opportunity over time 

  • Health savings account (HSA)​ 

  • Flexible spending accounts (FSAs)​ 

  • Short and long-term disability coverage​ 

  • Life Insurance​ 

  • Paid parental leave​ 

  • Healthy Lifestyle Programs​ 

  • Employee Assistance Programs​ 

  • Voluntary Benefits (Ex. Accident, Identity Theft Protection) 

  • Strong community involvement 

Relocation assistance is NOT available for this position.

This job is subject to Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information (NNPI) which prohibits the release of controlled technology and technical data to non-U.S. citizens.  By applying to this position, you acknowledge that you are a U.S. citizen; do not hold a dual citizenship with another county; and are willing to present evidence of your U.S. citizenship.

This employer is not currently hiring foreign national applicants that require or will require sponsorship tied to specific employer, such as H, L, TN, F, J, E, O.  As a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website at  #LI

Relocation is available for this position.Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position. This employer is not currently hiring foreign national applicants that require or will require sponsorship tied to a specific employer, such as, H, L, TN, F, J, E, O. As a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S which can be found through our employment website at

Posting Dates:

March 1, 2024 - March 12, 2024

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen.   

EEO/AA Employer.  All qualified individuals - Including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

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