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Principal Supply Chain Subcontract Specialist

Requisition ID: R10024415

  • Category IconCategory: Global Supply Chain
  • Location IconLocation: San Diego - CA, 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, 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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems sector is seeking a Principal Supply Chain Subcontract Specialist to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals.

Located in San Diego, CA (telecommute/remote is not an option) This position’s standard work schedule is a 9/80, to allow employees every other Friday off.

Essential responsibilities:

  • 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, conducts competitions for new and best value sources, 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.

  • Ability to work autonomously.

  • Ability to interface directly with senior leadership and internal product team leads effectively.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree with at least 5 years of experience, or a Master’s Degree with at least 3 years of experience in Subcontracts, Procurement, and/or Supply Chain (9 years of experience in lieu of a degree). 

  • Experience with SAP or another similar purchasing program.

  • Although not required to start this position requires the ability to obtain and maintain an active U.S. Government DoD security clearance at the Secret level within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the Company to meet its business needs 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree or Master’s Degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, or Procurement.

  • Strong working knowledge of FAR and DFARS regulations.

  • Experience with management of high dollar subcontract or complex subcontracts.

  • Experience issuing and managing purchase orders/subcontracts from beginning to end of life cycle.

  • Active Secret or Top Secret DoD Clearance.

  • If candidate has a Top Secret clearance, candidate must have and be able to maintain an active U.S. Government security clearance at the Top Secret level with a background investigation date within 5 years.


Salary Range: 83800 - 125800

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. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 (https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/) we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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.


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We offer an array of benefits to give you the support you need, including matching 401K, tuition assistance, health insurance and wellness options, coaching, mentoring and more.