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Principal Contract Administrator/Sr. Principal Contract Administrator

Requisition ID: R10074672

  • Category IconCategory: Business Management
  • Location IconLocation: Mesa, AZ, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Not Applicable (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

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.

Put your skills to the test by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. From global defense to sustainment and modernization to mission readiness, your experience and ability will make it a reality. Our programs are built on equal parts of curiosity and collaboration. Our combined effort means our customers can connect and defend millions of people around the world. With Northrop Grumman, you’ll have the opportunity to be an essential part of projects that will define your career, now and in the future.

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems is seeking a Principal Contract Administrator/Senior Principal Contract Administrator to join its team of qualified and diverse individuals supporting its Defense Sector Contracts Operations. This is a unique opportunity to build experience, mentoring relationships and career growth by contributing to the Contracts role from the Sector level. This position is located in Mesa, AZ.   

The Principal Contract Administrator/Senior Principal Contracts Administrator will interface with all levels of senior management and customer counterparts, including program managers, business managers, capture managers, pricing, and proposal teams, to perform the following contract administration responsibilities:

  • Conduct proposal preparation, contract negotiations, contract administration, and customer contact activities to provide for proper contract acquisition and fulfillment in accordance with company policies, legal requirements, and customer specifications.

  • Examine project costs, performance requirements, and delivery schedules to ensure accuracy and completeness.

  • Take an active role in proposal support; managing contract proposal volumes, supporting fact finding and the negotiation process to ensure proposals are fully responsive to prospective customer requirements.

  • Perform risk assessment of proposals and contracts terms and conditions and assist program office in development of risk mitigation strategies

  • Develop and process contract and subcontract sign-off packages, managing the approval process for proposals, contracts and modifications

  • Ensure contract performance in accordance with company policies/procedures and legal requirements, including International Traffic and Arms (ITAR), Risk Work Authorizations (RWA's), ERP, Data Requests, Property Requests, Organizational Conflict of Interest (OCI), Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDA's)

  • Understand, assess, and evaluate contract provisions, clauses, regulations (including FARs and DFAR clauses), flow-downs and subcontract requirements

  • Maintain official program records, including contractual documents and correspondence with customer

  • Advise management of contractual rights and obligations and as needed, provide interpretation of terms and conditions.

A successful candidate must:

  • Be organized and detail oriented

  • Be able to deal effectively with competing priorities and deadlines, and able to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.

  • Be a team player, yet also be an independent & proactive contributor, with excellent problem solving and organizational skills

  • Have strong customer orientation and relationship building abilities.

  • Possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to use them in informing, presenting, negotiating, and problem solving

This position may be filled at a higher level depending on education and/or years of experience.

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Contract Administrator:

This position emphasizes skills and experience.  Must have a High School Diploma or equivalent (GED) with a minimum of 10 years of applied experience.

  • Will also consider:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 6 years applied experience in a related field

  • Master’s Degree with a minimum of 4 year applied experience in a related field

  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

  • Experience working proposals

  • Experience organizing and administering contracts

  • Experience reviewing, applying, and analyzing rules, policies, and regulations

  • Negotiation experience

  • Be able to occasionally travel to customer locations for negotiations or meetings

Basic Qualifications for a Senior Principal Contract Administrator:

This position emphasizes skills and experience.  Must have a High School Diploma or equivalent (GED) with a minimum of 14 years of applied experience.

  • Will also consider:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 10 years applied experience in a related field

  • Master’s Degree with a minimum of 8 year applied experience in a related field

  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

  • Experience working proposals

  • Experience organizing and administering contracts

  • Experience reviewing, applying, and analyzing rules, policies, and regulations

  • Negotiation experience

  • Be able to occasionally travel to customer locations for negotiations or meetings

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with contract negotiations

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel)

  • Experience with proposals, pricing, project management

  • MRP systems

  • Working knowledge of FAR/DFARS, and other U.S. Federal Government contracting regulations

  • Experience with various contract types, including Cost Reimbursable, Firm Fixed Price, and Fixed Price Incentive

  • Experience as a Contract Administrator in the defense industry


Salary Range: $72,400 USD - $108,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $89,800 USD - $134,600 USD

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 health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

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 most positions.



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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.