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Sr. Principal Cost Estimating Analyst

Requisition ID: R10077756

  • Category IconCategory: Business Management
  • Location IconLocation: Plymouth, MN, 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
  • 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 is currently seeking a Sr. Principal Cost Estimating Analysist (Level 4) in our Business Management department. The position will be in our facility in Plymouth, MN. The selected candidate will become an integral part of the Armament Systems Pricing & Estimating team tasked with providing guidance and support to the business unit activities. The ideal candidate will be proactive and have the ability work in a fast-paced environment. This position will be located on-site in Plymouth, MN.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Estimating labor costs of manufacturing and engineering based on request for proposal (RFP) data submitted by prospective customers

  • Compiling cost, schedule, and technical elements in the development of proposals in accordance with Request for Proposal (RFP) specifications.

  • Analyzing specifications, including sketches, blueprints, bills of material, or sample layouts

  • Calculating production costs using labor and material pricing schedules and historical data

  • Collecting cost data from functional representatives and subcontractors

  • Preparing cost reports and presenting results to management, contract personnel, proposal coordinators and customer representatives

  • Supporting risk and opportunity assessment, quantification, and analysis during the proposal process.

  • Preparing and maintaining historical cost data

  • Supporting Cost Estimating team initiatives and continuous improvement.

  • Participating as a member of the contract negotiating team.

  • Understanding the requirements for Supplier price cost analysis

  • Interacting with other functional areas (Business Management, Contracts, Global Supply Chain, Program Management, Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, and Logistics) to develop strategies in support of proposal requirements and deadlines.

This position’s standard work schedule is a 9/80. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine‑hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off.

Basic Qualifications:

Basic Qualifications for a Level 4:

  • High School Diploma or GED with 14 years of related experience

  • Bachelor’s degree with 10+ years of related experience - OR - a Master's degree with 8+ years of related experience

  • Extensive experience in pricing, finance, contracts, business and/or business operations

  • Ability to prioritize effectively and complete work timely in a deadline driven environment

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of tools/applications, with a strong emphasis on Microsoft Excel

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Aerospace/defense industry and business management experience

  • Working knowledge of material pricing techniques

  • Strong presentation skills

  • Ability to create Microsoft Excel macros

  • Knowledge of the Business Acquisition Process (BAP)

  • Active Secret Security Clearance


Salary Range: $99,200 USD - $148,800 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.