Contracts Administrator - Clearance Required Rolling Meadows, IL

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you'll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman Space Sector's Payload & Ground Systems is seeking a Contracts Administrator - Level 3 or 4 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in either Linthicum, MD or Rolling Meadows, IL and will be onsite based on nature and scope of the role. This role offers a sign-on bonus up to $5,000; Northrop Grumman employees are not eligible.

This position will support our Space Security Programs Operating Unit along with our Emerging Technologies and Programs Operating Unit. We offer a 9/80 work schedule, which allows for every other Friday off.

The Contract Administrator is responsible for supporting proposal preparation, contract negotiation, contract administration and customer contact activities to provide and ensure proper contract acquisition and fulfillment in accordance with company policies, legal requirements, and customer requirements. You will be an embedded member of the program management team, supporting program success and new growth opportunities across the portfolio.

Job duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Act as primary interface with customer for contractual issues.

  • Monitor contract and associated program to ensure that contractual obligations are communicated and understood.

  • Participate in contract proposal preparation, contract negotiations, contract administration, and customer contract activities to manage assigned contracts in accordance with company policies, legal requirements, and customer specifications.

  • Work under general supervision to develop solutions to both routine and complex contractual matters to ensure company compliance with contract requirements on assigned programs.

  • Ensure fulfillment of contract requirements, manage contract changes and maintain historical information.

  • Review terms and conditions to address provisions and risks of financial terms, acceptance criteria, delivery requirements, warranty, intellectual property, termination provisions, indemnification and all other potential risk areas and recommend risk mitigation strategies.

  • Assist management in achieving financial goals related to cash management, EBIT and sales.

  • Prepare and manage written communications with internal and external customers for assigned contractual matters.

  • Enter and maintain contract data into Contract Management System and/or Enterprise Accounting System.

  • Ensure timely delivery of all contractual deliverables and submission of invoices.

This role will have significant visibility within high visibility programs, including corporate submittals and reviews and must manage tight deadlines in a complex environment. This individual must have the ability to meet high performance expectations in a very dynamic environment.

Excellent communication is a must as the selected candidate will be directly involved in negotiations with the customer as a strategic team member. Our team is looking for someone who wants to grow and get experience with different contract types.

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Level 3:

  • Bachelor's degree with 6+ years of experience in contracts related field - OR - Master's degree with 4+ years of experience in contracts related field.

Basic Qualifications for a Senior Principal Level 4:

  • Bachelor's degree with 10+ years of experience in contracts related field - OR - Master's degree with 8+ years of experience in contracts related field.

Basic Qualification for both levels:

  • An additional 4 years of experience accepted in lieu of degree.

  • Current, active DoD Top Secret Security Clearance.

  • Familiarity with FAR, DFARS and/or government regulations

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, (specifically Excel and PowerPoint) and Adobe.

Preferred Qualifications for both levels:

  • Contract administration or contract management experience in defense or aerospace industry.

  • Working knowledge of FAR/DFARS and/or government regulations.

  • Experience with Cost-Type and/or Firm Fixed Price contracting types.

  • Current, active DoD TS/SCI Security Clearance.

Salary Range: $82,400 - $123,600

Salary Range 2: $102,200 - $153,200

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

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.