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Principal Contract Administrator

Requisition ID: R10068061

  • Category IconCategory: Business Management
  • Location IconLocation: Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • 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.

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems sector (NGDS) is seeking a Principal Contract Administrator to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position is 100% remote. The Contract Administrator will produce high quality Contract Management related products for the F-5/T-38 Spares Program team.  This position requires a strong background in U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) or Commercial contracting, excellent communication skills, and strong interpersonal and organizational skills. The ideal candidate will be a team player but also a strong independent contributor, will be proactive, will present leadership skills, will possess good analytical skills, will demonstrate problem solving skills, and will be detail-oriented.


  • Interfaces with customers and business partners, conducting proposal preparation, contract negotiation, and contract administration

  • Examines proposal requirements and estimates, prepares bids, analyzes terms and conditions to evaluate risk, accuracy, and completeness to provide for proper contract acquisition and fulfillment in accordance with company policies, legal requirements, and customer specifications

  • Processes contractual documentation and reports, advises management of contractual rights and obligations, compiles and analyzes data, and maintains historical information

  • Facilitates proper shipment, billing, and payment collection for deliveries, interfacing with DCMA as required

  • Prepares weekly and monthly reports and maintains the contracts databases

  • Interacts daily with customer representatives

  • Duties may also include the preparation of proprietary information agreements, teaming agreements, export licenses/ agreements, and various types of memoranda

  • Balances competing priorities and deadlines

  • Works well with others in high-stress, high-volume situations

  • Interfaces with internal functional and program organizations, and deals with external customers, meeting the goals/objectives of the T-38 TRIM Spares and BDS teams


Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have a High school diploma or GED with a minimum of 10 years of contract administration experience

  • Will also consider:

    • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 6 years of contract administration experience

    • Master’s degree with a minimum of 4 years of contract administration experience

  • Experience in U.S. Government Department of Defense contract administration / management

  • Strong problem solving skills and the ability to be flexible and change directions when needed

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or higher in business, contracts, or finance

  • Demonstrated experience in leading people or project teams

  • Demonstrated understanding of both FAR Part 12 and FAR Part 15 Contracting with experience in administration of various contract types (e.g. Time and material, Cost type, Firm Fixed price, etc.)

  • Strong proposal development skills, solid negotiation skills, and the ability to maintain strong working rapport with internal
    and external customers

Salary Range: $83,800 USD - $125,800 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

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 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.