Manager, Contracts

Job Locations US-KY-Owensboro
Supply Chain


Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline is a leading transporter of natural gas to America’s heartland, providing quality service since 1904. At Southern Star, our people are our greatest asset with growth and personal development at the forefront of our focus. We’re committed to building a culture for everyone to do meaningful work and be recognized for their efforts.


Southern Star is a family-friendly, forward-thinking, customer-oriented company striving for innovation and collaboration in all parts of our business. You can find your second family here in an atmosphere that values trust, learning, teamwork, and having fun while getting the job done.  We’re an established company known as an employer of choice in our industry and recognized for safety, credibility and integrity.  We need one more talented individual with goals to encourage excellence and create positive outcomes – you may be the perfect match.


In return for this level of talent and experience, Southern Star offers excellent medical benefits, competitive salary, 401k match, paid time off and reimbursements for tuition and fitness. 


The Manager, Contracts will ensure that appropriate contracts are negotiated, entered into, and managed to support Company objectives in procurement and risk management. The Manager, Contracts will also contribute to other objectives such as operations, safety, quality, cost control, contractor compliance, bidding & awarding, and vendor management. This position will oversee Master Services Agreements, Master Purchase Agreements, and other contracts to support a broad supply base of goods and services for major capital projects, minor capital projects, and operating assets. The Manager, Contracts will provide functional expertise and support in contract execution and administration to the Supply Chain Services Department; and serve as the interface between the Operations, Supply Chain Services, Finance & Accounting, and Legal groups to ensure business, technical and legal objectives are met with a high degree of interaction.


Primary responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Oversee organizational contract development and management activities and enforce organizational principles of integrity and compliance;
  • Oversee contractor compliance (contract terms, insurance, safety, regulation and company requirements), vendor qualification and management, and bidding & awarding of contracts
  • Ensure that contracts and proposals are properly entered into organizational databases and securely maintained;
  • Develop standards for contracts, including presentation of budget, payment terms, general language and provisions;
  • Perform appropriate administrative and operational research to support proposal and contract development;
  • Conduct contract strategy meetings to identify issues and end-user requirements, facilitate pricing discussions, and obtain senior management input on schedules and deliverables;
  • Draft/facilitate contractual provisions based on strategy discussions, senior management input, and organizational needs and expectations;
  • Assure accuracy and appropriateness of contract text and attachments;
  • Coordinates reviews with internal departments in the event counter-parties desire modifications to standard agreements; Serve as primary organizational contact during contract negotiations;
  • Engage relevant stakeholders in negotiation decisions involving legal or regulatory requirements, contract standards and cost targets;
  • Develop and execute negotiation strategies that minimize potential losses and benefit SSCGP’s financial performance;
  • Maintain deadlines on deliverables and communicate on an ongoing basis with business partners and internal clients about contractual issues;
  • Review contractual performance of the parties to ensure compliance with terms & conditions, and to identify conflicts or changes requiring resolution at contract renewal



  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study
  • Minimum 6-10 years’ contracts experience including drafting, negotiating, maintaining, and closing out large dollar and/or technically challenging and complex contracts. 



  • Experience in oil and gas and or similar industries
  • Contract negotiations experience preferred
  • Service-specific/Construction/Supply chain contract management preferred
  • Oracle experience preferred


Other Requirements:

  • Customer focused, punctual, and display a sense of urgency
  • High level of commercial awareness and analytical skills
  • Detail oriented to ensure accurate work product on a consistent and routine basis
  • Able to solve problems using both conceptual and analytical thought processes
  • Able to work with business units to assess needs, provide information, resolve problems
  • Able to adapt methods in response to new information, changing conditions or unexpected obstacles
  • Able to manage a team of 5-8 members toward a common goal


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