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Contract Administrator or Principal Contract Administrator – Linthicum, MD

Requisition ID: R10070606

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

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.

Job Description

*This position may be filled at either a level 2 or a level 3.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking a Contract Administrator 2 or 3 to support its Payload and Ground Space Systems team. This position will be located in Linthicum, MD.

The selected candidate must have the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret / SCI clearance.

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.

In this role, the selected candidate will be responsible for, but 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.

*This position may be filled at either a level 2 or a level 3.

The selected candidate must have the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret / SCI clearance.

Basic Qualifications for a Level 2:

  • Bachelor's degree - 2 years of experience in contracts related field - OR -1 year with a Master's - OR - 6 years of experience in lieu of a degree.

Basic Qualifications for a Level 3:

  • Bachelor's degree - 5 years of experience in contracts related field - OR - 3 years with a Master's - OR - 9 years of experience in lieu of a degree.

Basic Qualification for both levels:

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance/SCI
  • Familiarity with FAR, DFARS and/or government regulations
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, (specifically Excel and PowerPoint) and Adobe

Preferred Qualifications for both levels:

  • Working knowledge of FAR/DFARS and/or government regulations.
  • Experience with Cost-Type and/or Firm Fixed Price contracting types
  • Current TS/SCI.

Salary Range: $65,000 USD - $97,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $80,100 USD - $120,100 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.