Principal / Senior Principal Contract Administrator (Hybrid or Full Time Remote Schedule)Sunnyvale, CA

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.

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.

The Machinery Operating Unit is seeking an experienced Contracts Administrator to become a member of the Marine Systems Business Unit's largest program team. The position will report directly to the Manager of Contracts and will serve as the primary contact with our customer, managing a $200M per year contract that delivers precision, high-performance, machinery in full-rate production. The product line is extremely secure with significant backlog and follow-on production supporting the US Navy. This position is responsible for all formal communication with an important strategic customer, ensuring the team holds NG's favorable financial and programmatic baseline. In addition, this responsibility will also include advancing product capability with cost-type technology insertions from time to time.

We are looking for you to join our team as a Principal or Senior Principal Contracts Administrator based out of Sunnyvale, CA ; however, for the right candidate, full remote or hybrid arrangement can be considered.

What You'll Get to Do :

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Lead and coordinate the company response to customer Requests for Proposal (RFPs) to understand Statements of Work (SOW)/contract requirements and advise the program team on risk identification and mitigation strategies

  • Ensure company proposals are fully responsive to prospective customer requirements, prepare proposal submittal documents, and coordinate appropriate levels of internal review and approval. Coordinate and develop responses to fact-finding, evaluation notices, and requests for information (RFIs), to bolster priorities, strengthen support for the proposal, and also identify customer key items or concerns

  • Develop and execute negotiation strategy / plan to establish a framework to arrive at the most beneficial agreement possible between Northrop Grumman and the customer in the quickest timeframe possible

  • Maintain our excellent working relationship with customers to effectively communicate, administer, modify, negotiate and terminate standard and nonstandard contractual agreements

  • Oversee contract performance including schedules and deliverables and complete actions to ensure satisfactory program performance

  • Advise your program team of contractual rights and obligations on your assigned contracts, including interpretation of contract terms and conditions

  • Maintain and update contract documents and official program records, including contractual documents and correspondence

  • Provide direct contract support, review contractual documents to ensure protection of company's contractual/risk posture, satisfaction of contractual requirements and adherence to company policies

  • Research contract issues and prepare analysis with citations

  • Work cooperatively with the technical staff to address customer requests

  • Other contracts related tasks as needs arise

This requisition may be filled as a Principal Contracts Administrator or a Senior Principal Contracts Administrator.

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Contracts Administrator:

  • Bachelor's Degree with 6 years of experience in contracts, subcontracts, finance, or other business management related function - OR - a Master's degree with 4 years of experience as described above

  • Will consider 10 years of applied experience in lieu of degree requirement

  • Ability to review and analyze RFQ documents and terms & conditions, perform due diligence with cross functional partners, and negotiate directly with customers to advocate for Northrop Grumman positions

  • Understanding of contract change management process

  • Attention to detail and able to manage multiple contracts at the same time

  • Ability to problem solve independently

  • Strong verbal, written, presentation, and interpersonal skills

  • Proficient with MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

  • U.S. citizen

  • Ability to obtain/maintain security clearance

  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time

Preferred Qualifications for a Principal Contracts Administrator:

Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Recent experience as a Contracts Administrator in the defense industry, particularly with the US Navy, administering platform-level or major sub-system-level contracts

  • Excellent working knowledge of FAR and DFARS

  • Experience researching FAR/DFARS clauses via Acquisition.gov

  • Experience working with fixed price and cost reimbursable contract types

  • Understanding of weighted guidelines

  • Working knowledge of every stage of the contract lifecycle, from pre-award to closeout

  • Experience working with Changes clauses in contracts

  • Pricing and/or finance background with advanced skill in Microsoft Excel (i.e. pivot tables, data tables, sensitivity/what-if analysis)

  • Working knowledge of ITAR/Export Regulations

  • Prior experience using SAP

  • JD or MBA

  • NCMA certifications (CPCM, CFCM, CCCM, or CCMA)

Basic Qualifications for a Senior Principal Contracts Administrator:

  • Bachelor's Degree with 10 years of experience in contracts, subcontracts, finance, or other business management related function - OR - a Master's degree with 8 years of experience as described above

  • Will consider 14 years of applied experience in lieu of degree requirement

  • Experience researching FAR/DFARS clauses via Acquisition.gov or other resources

  • Experience with every stage of the contract lifecycle, from pre-award to closeout

  • Ability to independently review and analyze RFQ documents and terms & conditions, perform due diligence with cross functional partners, and negotiate directly with customers to advocate for Northrop Grumman positions with minimal supervision

  • High level of attention to detail and able to manage multiple complex contracts at the same time

  • Excellent contract change management skills

  • Able to work independently to solve complex problems and provide solutions/recommendations to Northrop Grumman leadership for consideration

  • Excellent verbal, written, presentation, and interpersonal skills with experience leading both internal and external meetings in front of executives and customers

  • Proficient with MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

  • Willing to mentor other contract administrators

  • U.S. citizen

  • Ability to obtain/maintain security clearance

  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time

Preferred Qualifications for a Senior Principal Contracts Administrator:

Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Recent experience as a Senior Principal Contracts Administrator in the defense industry, particularly with the US Navy administering platform-level or major sub-system-level contracts

  • Experience leading proposal efforts from pre-RFQ to contract award

  • Experience working with fixed price, cost reimbursable, and T&M contract types, especially CPIF contract type

  • Experience modeling and negotiating cost and schedule incentives for CPIF proposals

  • Advanced knowledge of FAR and DFARS

  • Experience performing weighted guidelines analsyis

  • Working understanding of risk & opportunity register, cost confidence modeling, and Schedule Risk Analysis (SRA) as they relate to proposal activities

  • Experience being subject to non-advocate reviews (NAR) or "pink team/red team" reviews of proposals

  • Recent experience negotiating and administering $200M+ cost type contracts

  • Experience with change proposals and requests for equitable adjustments (REAs)

  • Pricing and/or finance background with advanced skill in Microsoft Excel (i.e. pivot tables, data tables, sensitivity/what-if analysis)

  • Working knowledge of ITAR/Export Regulations

  • Prior experience using SAP

  • JD or MBA

  • NCMA certifications (CPCM, CFCM, CCCM, or CCMA)

What We Can Offer You:

Northrop Grumman provides a comprehensive benefits package and a work environment which encourages your growth and supports the mutual success of our people and our company. Northrop Grumman benefits give you the flexibility and control to choose the benefits that make the most sense for you and your family.

Your benefits will include the following: Health Plan, Savings Plan, Paid Time Off and Additional Benefits including Education Assistance, Training and Development, 9/80 Work Schedule (where available), and much more!

Salary Range: $80,600 - $133,100

Salary Range 2: $99,900 - $164,900

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

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.

The application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.