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Principal Contract Administrator/Sr. Principal Contract Administrator

Requisition ID: R10080832

  • Category IconCategory: Business Management
  • Location Icon Location: Fairfax, VA, USA   |  Huntsville, AL, USA +1 more
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Full Time Teleworking 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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems, Combat Systems and Mission Readiness (CSMR) Division, Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) Operating Unit has an opening for a Level 3/4 Principal/Sr. Principal Contract Administrator to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will ideally be in Huntsville, AL, however, full time telework can be considered for the right candidate.

Essential Functions:

  • Conduct proposal preparation, contract negotiation, 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 estimates of material, equipment services, production costs, performance requirements, and delivery schedules to ensure accuracy and completeness

  • Prepare bids; process specifications, progress, and other reports; advise management of contractual rights and obligations; compile and analyze data; and maintain historical information

  • Perform contract execution tasks

  • Administer, extend, negotiate, and terminate standard and nonstandard contracts

  • Provide knowledge of the FAR and DFARs, general knowledge of pre and post-award federal government contracting industry practices, techniques, and standards

  • Demonstrate the skill and ability to perform moderately complex contracts administration tasks, to include proposal preparation, the development of change orders and processing of inter-company work orders

  • Develop solutions to a variety of problems of moderate scope and complexity

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Contract Administrator:

Will consider one of the following:

  • High School Diploma or GED with 10 years of contracts, proposals, and/or business-related experience

  • Bachelor’s degree with 6 years of contracts, proposals, and/or business-related experience, or a Master's degree with 4 years of relevant experience

  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

  • Knowledge of FAR, DFARS, and other U.S. Federal Government contracting regulations

Basic Qualifications for a Sr. Principal Contract Administrator:

Will consider one of the following:

  • High School Diploma or GED with 14 years of contracts, proposals, and/or business-related experience

  • Bachelor’s degree with 10 years of contracts, proposals, and/or business-related experience, or a Master's degree with 8 years of relevant experience

  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

  • Knowledge of FAR, DFARS, and other U.S. Federal Government contracting

  • Experience with various contract types including cost plus fixed fee, firm fixed price, time and materials among others

  • Strong working knowledge of FAR, DFARS, and other U.S. Federal Government contracting regulations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in a relevant field (JD, MBA, etc.)

  • Current active DoD Clearance

  • Recent experience as a Contracts Professional in the defense industry

  • Knowledge of Other Transactional Agreements (OTAs), Foreign Military Sales, and direct commercial sales.

  • Experience with various types of agreements, including Non-Disclosure Agreements and Teaming Agreements

We offer flexible work arrangements, excellent learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly team environment. We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to help us grow our services and become even better at what we do.

Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) provide benefits for the member, our leaders and the company. Our ERGs offer opportunities to be a friend, be active, be a volunteer, be a leader, to be recognized and to be yourself. Every ERG is inclusive of all employees!

At Northrop Grumman, we are on the cutting edge of innovation-- building the next generation of sophisticated aircraft to protect our country. Our diverse portfolio of programs means there are endless paths to cultivate your career. We are well-known for our expansive, family environment, as well as our excellent work/life balance. We also offer exceptional benefits/healthcare, a 9/80 schedule, and a great 401K matching program.

This position reports to Fairfax, VA, USA, however, this position can also be worked from Huntsville, AL, AL, USA.


Salary Range: $76,200 USD - $114,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $94,500 USD - $141,700 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.