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Senior Principal Supply Chain Subcontract Specialist

Requisition ID: R10060990

  • Category IconCategory: Global Supply Chain
  • Location IconLocation: Melbourne, Florida, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SAP
  • 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: 2

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 Senior Principal Subcontract Specialist to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals.

  • Location: Melbourne, FL
  • Schedule: 9/80 work schedule – with every other Friday OFF!
  • Team: Global Supply Chain
  • Extras: Opportunities for occasional travel and excellent career growth potential

** Sign-on Bonus may be available for the selected candidate (eligibility restrictions apply) Candidate must hold at minimum an active DoD Secret level clearance (granted or renewed within the last 5-years.) Current Northrop Grumman employees are not eligible to receive a sign-on bonus. **

Our Team:

This is an opportunity to join a team on the cutting edge of tomorrow’s defense technologies.  Work onsite in a collaborative and dynamic environment where new challenges are the norm!

On-site in Melbourne you will have the opportunity to support our nation’s classified, top-priority programs, developing and building our next-generation airborne defense solutions for our country.

About the Role:

Sources and procures complex, specialized goods and services. Owns contractual management for the supplier. Responsible for subcontract sourcing, proposal evaluation, negotiation, award, execution, administration, and closeout phases. Coordinates and collaborates with key stakeholders such as legal, contracts, finance, planning, operations, program management, engineering, and quality. As part of a cross-functional team, candidate will monitor and manage schedule, cost, technical and quality performance of suppliers in support of US Government programs. Subcontract Specialists will interface with supplier leadership teams to motivate and drive excellence in performance of contractual requirements.

Responsible for providing subcontracting process and compliance requirements guidance to junior Subcontract Specialists, Supplier Management Teams and Integrated Product Team Leads. Provides subject matter expertise in all aspects of supplier and subcontract management. Works under general direction toward long-range goals and objectives. Assignments are often self-initiated. Performs independently with minimal management oversight.

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, and collaborative team settings across all levels.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 10 years combined experience or a minimum of 8 years combined experience with a Master’s Degree or at least 14 years of business experience in lieu of a degree.
  • Minimum of 5 years of Subcontracts, Procurement or Contracts experience
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience with SAP or related business application software
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience with FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations) and DFARS
  • Must have an Active, In-Scope DOD Secret Security Clearance or higher that has been granted / renewed within the past 6 years


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Business, Global Supply Chain or Project Management
  • Experience working on high dollar development Subcontracts (i.e., $100M Cost Reimbursable Preferred)
  • Negotiating skills with contracts in excess of $100 million
  • Experience conducting oral presentations to senior leadership
  • Previous Team Lead or Management experience
  • Knowledge of Earned Value Management System (EVMS)
  • Previous Control Account Manager (CAM) experience or training
  • Working Level Knowledge of Business Law
  • Risk mitigation experience
  • Change Management experience
  • In-Scope DOD Top Secret Security Clearance or higher that has been granted or renewed within the past 6 years
  • Special Program Access

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.