Principal Contract Administrator

Requisition ID: 21003159

  • Category IconCategory: Business Management
  • Location IconLocation: Palmdale, California
  • Citizenship IconUS Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No –Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10 % of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

Discover careers that change the world and further advancements in defense, technology, and engineering today at Northrop Grumman. Use your experience to grow your career and support our global customers with the technology, systems, and solutions they need to enable their missions on the front lines and secure our world every day. With Northrop Grumman, you will discover a culture built on diversity, respect, and above all teamwork. Together with our group of experts across the technical spectrum, you will discover opportunities to make a difference in our world and start solving some of the world’s most critical problems in the most innovative ways.  The Northrop Grumman Global Sustainment & Modernization Division of Northrop Grumman Defense Systems is looking for a Principal Contract Administrator to join our Special Programs Logistics & Operations Operating Unit in Palmdale, CA.  This position will require excellent oral and written communication skills and will represent the organization as a focal point on contracts or projects. This position will require interaction with senior internal and external personnel on significant matters often requiring coordination between organizations and may develop and deliver presentations. Candidate will be considered an expert in the field within the organization and must demonstrate the skill and ability to perform complex tasks.  As most assignments are complex, the position will require the candidate to work independently without appreciable direction.   Responsibilities:
  • Administer, extend, negotiate and terminate standard and nonstandard contracts
  • Provide advice to management of contractual rights and obligations, compile and analyze data, and maintain historical information as well as be self-motivated
  • Have the ability to handle urgent situations from Northrop Grumman leadership and U.S. Government officials
  • Participate in proposal preparation (review, analysis, interpretation & contractual advice on terms & conditions), contract negotiations, contract administration, review and approval of contractual documentation to protect the company and provide for proper contract acquisition in accordance with the terms and conditions of the contract
  • Provide contractual advice in accordance with company policies and procedures, and interface with both internal and external customers to ensure proper contract execution
  • Serve as consultant to management and special external spokesperson for the organization on major matters pertaining to its policies, plans, and objectives Acts as an advisor to senior management and customers
  • Ensures timely and compliant deliverables for all contracts assigned

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree plus 6 years relevant experience in U.S. Government contract administration and management or Masters Degree with 4 years relevant experience
  • Must be able to effectively work with the management of other organizations (program management, subcontracts, business management, and supply chain management) as well as representatives of Government agencies
  • Must have a demonstrated understanding of and experience with FAR and DFARS, especially with FAR Part 12 and FAR Part 15
  • Experience with various contract types such as Time & Material, Cost types, Firm Fixed Price, etc.
  • Must have capable & effective proposal development skills, excellent negotiation skills, and excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must possess excellent decision making skills that support resolution of complex problems while minimizing risk to the Corporation
  • Must have an active U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secret security clearance adjudicated within the past 5 years with the ability to obtain a Top Secret w/Special Program Access clearance
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
Relocation may be offered.   Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in U.S. Government Department of Defense contract administration & management
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with and influence others.
  • Ability to work independently and make independent decisions, ensuring high levels of collaboration with stakeholders and subject matter experts
  • Ability to brief internal and external customers
  • Able to handle multiple tasks effectively in a fast paced environment
  • Able to work as a team player, be proactive in identifying and resolving problems, have excellent organizational skills, and effective time management skills
  • National Contract Management Association - Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) desired
  • Strong problem solving skills and the ability to be flexible and change directions when needed
  • Current Top Secret security clearance
  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 www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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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.


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