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Lead Contract Specialist

Job ID 32554 Location Waltham, Massachusetts Organization Procurement and Contract Management Department NE Gas NonComplex Contract Mgmt

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“This position will own the relationship with contractor firms working on large gas construction projects.  Lead the contract analysis and be the go-to person for internal and external stakeholders.” –S.N., hiring manager

National Grid is hiring a Lead Contract Specialist for our MA Gas Non-Complex Contract Management department in Waltham, MA. 

Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry.

To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

Job Purpose

National Grid outsources a significant portion of their construction and maintenance work plan. National Grid delivers over 3 billion dollars in electric and gas capital construction annually to ensure safe and reliable energy solutions for our customers and communities. 

Within SHE, Operations Support and Emergency Planning, the MA Gas Contracts Department provides safety-conscious, best-in-class contractor resources to perform the work while maximizing value and minimizing cost. The MA Gas Contracts team manages adherence of contract terms, issue resolution, and contractor and contract performance.

 The Lead Contract Specialist, as a member of the MA Gas Contracts team, supports the business in interpretation of the contract, understanding of business requirements, best outcomes in change order and claim resolution, solutions to emergent in-year resourcing, work order assignments, support for highest level of safety and performance by the contractors, while maximizing value throughout. 

Key Accountabilities

Position Responsibilities including but not limited to:

  • Ensure the highest level of safety, performance, and regulatory compliance by the contractors, while maximizing value throughout via overall management of contract 
  • Provide expert level consultative support on changes in scope, contract language issues, change order and dispute resolution
  • Lead initiatives to implement strategies of best practice, drive consistency, influence cultural change, provide contracting oversight and expertise 
  • Support all levels of contract management in execution including detailed recording of all communications with the contractor, maintenance of archived communications with contractors and business stakeholders, written notices to contractors, e.g., stand down, suspension, termination, contract amendments, changes in scope, and negotiation of disputes
  • Contribute to the identification and formulation of strategic objectives specific to each contractual relationship in order to drive change and innovation  
  • Act as the point person and handle calls/emails from contractors and internal stakeholders on a variety of issues


  • Bachelor’s degree required  
  • Masters level in engineering and/or a business or legal discipline preferred
  • 5+ years of construction contract management, preferably in gas, oil, or utility required
  • Proficiency with MS Office, Visio, Project required 
  • Valid driver’s license required

This position has a career path which provides for advancement opportunities within and across bands as you develop and evolve in the position; gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. Candidates will be assessed and provided offers against the minimum qualifications of this role and their individual experience.

National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise.  We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve.  National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.  

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