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Sr. Principle Supply Chain Subcontract Specialist

Requisition ID: R10056927

  • Category IconCategory: Global Supply Chain
  • Location IconLocation: Melbourne, Florida, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% 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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Sr. Principal Supply Chain Specialist to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals.  This position will be located in Melbourne, FL.


The Sr. Principal Supply Chain Specialist will be responsible for the following:

Sources and procures specialized goods and services. Owns contractual management for the supplier. Responsible for source selection from contract proposal to execution phases. Coordinates and collaborates with key stakeholders such as contracts, engineering, quality, supplier development, planning, operations, program, and end-users. Develops subcontract specifications, work statements, and terms and conditions for the procurement of specialized materials, equipment, and/or services. Prepares bid packages, conducts bidders conferences, analyzes, and evaluates proposals, negotiates subcontract provisions, selects or recommends subcontractors, writes awards, and administers resulting subcontracts. In conjunction with quality organization, evaluates and monitors supplier quality and reliability, as well as supplier ability to support required delivery schedules. Identifies strategies and opportunities to reduce cost, improve efficiency and manage risk through strategic and targeted negotiations. Manages performance of subcontracts, ensures compliance with all public law requirements as well as company (and business) policies and procedures including import/export regulations. Employs sound business practices and assesses supplier performance as part of follow-up activities. Ensures that appropriate documentation is provided to logistics/transportation & warehouse organization so that proper receipt is recorded. Manages and develops strategic/key suppliers. Reviews and approves supplier payment as needed. Utilizes process tools such as Lean Six Sigma with suppliers to drive quality, efficiency, and continuous improvement.

Position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret level clearance and Program Access within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the company to meet its business needs.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for subcontract sourcing, proposal evaluation, negotiation, award, execution, administration, and closeout phases
  • Assesses supplier performance and regularly communicates feedback to Supplier Leadership
  • Manages supplier performance throughout the subcontracting lifecycle
  • Ensures compliance with all FAR, DFARS and public law requirements, as well as company policies and procedures
  • Identifies strategies and opportunities to reduce cost, improve efficiency and manage risk through strategic and targeted negotiations
  • Cultivates and maintains strong working relationships with suppliers, customers, and internal stakeholders
  • Contributes to Program Risk and Opportunity management
  • Utilizes process tools such as Lean Six Sigma with suppliers to drive quality, efficiency, and continuous improvement

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university with at least 10 years of experience or a master’s degree with at least 8 years of experience or a High School diploma/equivalent with at least 14 years' experience in supply chain, procurement, purchasing, supplier management, and/or related professional experience
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Applications, SAP, and SharePoint
  • Must have proficiency and experience supporting sole source and competitive acquisitions
  • Previous experience with FAR, DFARS, and other U.S. Federal Government contracting regulations
  • Need to have a current DoD Secret security clearance approved within the past 5 years and be able to maintain the DoD Secret level clearance and pass a Program Enhanced Screening within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the company to meet its business needs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Must have the ability to understand and analyze complex proposal data
  • Must have the ability to communicate strategically across associated subject areas and cross functional teams
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field (JD, MBA, GSC, Finance, etc.)
  • Current Active, DOD Secret Security Clearance
  • Certificate in Contracts Management and/or NCMA certification
  • Recent experience as a Contracts Professional in the defense industry
  • Familiarity with Northrop Grumman businesses, policies and practices
  • Strong negotiation experience in an Aerospace environment
  • Experience with multiple contract types
  • Demonstrated high sense of urgency
  • Ability to effectively present to all levels of leadership

Salary range: $89,800 - $134,600


Salary Range: $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.