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Northrop Grumman Principal Contract Administrator in Middle River, Maryland

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world's biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems sector is seeking a motivated and energetic Principal Contracts Administrator to provide contracts oversight, administration and management at its ISR Special Mission Aircraft Operating Unit. This position will be located at Martin State Airport in Middle River, Maryland .

This position requires extensive leadership responsibilities in administering, extending, and negotiating complex contracts. The candidate will be responsible in supporting proposal preparation, contract negotiation under minimal supervision, and contract administration including but not limited to strong internal and external customer communication activities to provide for proper contract acquisition and fulfillment in accordance with company policies, including FAR/DFARS requirements, and customer specification.


  • Reviews and analyzes customer Requests for Proposal (RFPs) to understand Statements of Work (SOW)/contract requirements and advise the program team on contractual terms and conditions

  • Ensures company proposals are fully responsive to prospective customer requirements, prepares proposal submittal documents, and coordinates appropriate levels of internal review and approval

  • Manages fact-finding, evaluation notices, and negotiations between customer and program team

  • Builds knowledge of pricing principles and FAR/DFARS and associated Federal Contracting regulations

  • Applies sound judgment to proposal strategy, contract formation, and customer relationships

  • Manages and administers Contractual Data Requirements List (CDRLs) and other reports, advises management of contractual rights and obligations, compiles and analyzes data, and maintains historical information through the closeout process


Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have one of the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in business, finance, or related discipline with a minimum of 6 years of contracts experience

  • Master's degree in business, finance, or related discipline with a minimum of 4 years of contracts experience

  • Must have or be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secret security clearance

  • Must be able to work on-site in Middle River, Maryland

  • Must be able to travel as needed (up to 10% of the time)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active engagement and working relationships required during the life of the program specifically with Program Management and the Supply Chain Organization

  • Demonstrated working experience with FAR/DFARS

  • Maintaining the Contract baseline and Capturing Change through Change Management tools

  • Active participant in Program Management Reviews

  • Strong analytical skills for problem solving, risk assessment and strategy

  • Demonstrated ability to apply comprehensive judgment to proposal strategy, contract negotiations and customer relationships

  • Leadership values with the ability to communicate with colleagues and senior staff on a wide range of contractual and business related matters

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

Job Category : Business Management