Jacob Bertram

Job Title: Director, Office of Contract Operations
Company: US Government, General Services Administration
Industry: Government, Acquisition
Mentor Since: Fall 2017
Will Mentor: Graduate Students, Undergrad Students

Job Description

Lead a team of over 100 acquisition professionals who award and administer government wide professional services contracts with annual business volume of $68 billion, with major programs such as: Professional Services Schedule with $32 billion annual business volume GSA SmartPay Card Services Program with $28 billion in annual spend One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) with $2 billion annual business volume Assisted Acquisition Services - growing business line with $50 million in annual volume Lead a team of over 100 professionals in major geographical centers of Seattle, WA, Atlanta, GA, Fort Worth, TX, and Washington, D.C. Work with industry, government, general council and key executives in formulation of Agency policy and stakeholder communication

Company Description

GSA provides centralized procurement for the federal government, offering billions of dollars worth of products, services, and facilities that federal agencies need to serve the public. GSA’s acquisition solutions supply federal purchasers with cost-effective high-quality products and services from commercial vendors. GSA helps federal agencies build and acquire office space, products and other workspace services, and oversees the preservation of historic federal properties. Its policies covering travel, property and management practices promote efficient government operations.

Employment History

Defense Contract Management Agency - Worked with Air Force, Navy, Army and Defense Agencies for the acquisition of military aircraft, to include: P8 Poseidon Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft - a modified Boeing 737-800 to perform missions over the ocean; KC 46 Pegasus - a modified Boeing 767 for aircraft aerial refueling tanker; Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) - modified Boeing 707; Boeing 757 (Japan) - aircraft in support of both United States and partner nations, such as Saudi Arabia, Japan, NATO and France CH-47 Chinook Helicopters V-22 Osprey Helicopters Executive Transport Aircraft, to include: VC-25 Boeing 747 (Air Force One); Boeing C-32 Boeing 757 (Air Force Two) Supported a number of senior military, civilian and international leaders in delivery and maintenance of aircraft. Worked with both government and contractor leaders in supply chain and logistics management. Focused on contract administration for major aircraft weapon systems with a portfolio valued over $10 billion; worked actively with one of the largest Defense contractors to reduce cost by over $1 billion; conducted post graduate level training in classroom like environments on accounting, cost, contracts, and business law; determined the allocation of resources to allocate to programs in accordance with Agency policy and sound business practices; served as a business advisor in litigation, to include participation in written interrogatories, oral depositions, and court proceedings; successfully worked to improve key agency metrics and improve stakeholder interaction. US Department of Energy: Served as a business advisor on large scale nuclear waste clean up projects, to include: Waste Treatment & Immobilization Plant - design and construction of a nuclear waste treatment plant with program cost of over $12 billion Tank Farms - Storage of nuclear waste on the Hanford Site with a contract cost of over $6 billion Worked with federal, state, and contractor management to ensure safety compliance; contract terms and conditions; negotiations; and efficient use of resources. Successfully negotiated over $50 million in American Recovery & Reinvestment Act shovel ready projects to create and save jobs on the Hanford site Defense Contract Audit Agency: Supported key senior leaders in contract audits, to include programs such as: General Atomics MQ-1 Predator - a remotely piloted aircraft Mission Support - Information Technology systems to support the Hanford Nuclear Site Leak Detection Services for nuclear powered submarines Worked with leaders across government in key business areas such as: Business System Adequacy - such as Accounting, IT, Labor, Purchasing and General Internal Controls Cost Accounting and Cost Allocation Contract Pricing Commercial Item Pricing


Fellow, Partnership for Public Service Excellence in Government Program (2017 graduation), selected to serve as a Senior Fellow and Co-Coach for 2017-2018
Master of Business Administration, Washington State University, 2014
Bachelor of Science, Accounting Major, Central Washington University, 2005
Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Major, Central Washington University, 2005

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

I have a strong interest in organizational development, executive leadership, and building a foundation of strong technical credibility. I would focus the mentoring on five executive tenants - business acumen, leading people, leading change, driving results, and building coalitions. I can relate my own experiences rising from an intern to an executive responsible for over 100 individuals and billions of dollars in spend in eleven years - which was done by goal setting, studying, and forming relationships. I would utilize interactive sessions, such as touring facilities, watching movies, and/or recent events to relate to students. I'd expect students to be energetic, open to new ideas, and a strong desire to not only work on their own skills, but to ensure the work they are doing benefits the greater good of the world.

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

Downtown Seattle

Additional Information

I love the outdoors; traveling; and meeting new people.