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Sr Principal Contract Administrator 4 (Sentinel) – Huntsville, AL

Requisition ID: R10101160

  • CategoryCategory: Business Management
  • LocationLocation: Huntsville, AL, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions 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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to support the Sentinel (GBSD) program. As the Sentinel (GBSD) prime contractor, Northrop Grumman is producing a modern, integrated system designed to be adaptable to meet future threats and keep pace with emerging technologies. Put your skills to the test by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. Our program is built on equal parts curiosity and collaboration. Our combined effort supports global stability by designing a weapon system to serve as a safe, secure, and credible deterrent that will protect our nation and assure allies for decades to come.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking a Sr. Principal Contract Administrator to join its team of qualified and diverse individuals supporting the Sentinel (GBSD) Contracts team. This is a unique opportunity to build experience, mentoring relationships and career growth by contributing to the Contracts role. This position is located in our Huntsville, AL facility.

The Contract Administrator will produce high quality Contract Management related products supporting the Sentinel (GBSD) program. This position requires an understanding of DOD contracting, excellent communication skills, strong technology acumen in M365, as well as interpersonal and organizational skills. The ideal candidate is a team player; but also, a strong independent contributor with strong leadership skills, demonstrated problem-solving skills, and a proactive, detail-oriented approach. 

The Sr. Principal Contract Administrator will be required to deal effectively with competing priorities and deadlines and handle multiple tasks. The Contract Administrator must possess the ability to work well with others in high-stress high-volume situations, effectively interface with internal functional and program organizations, and meet the goals/objectives of the Sentinel (GBSD) Program. 

In this role, the selected candidate will be responsible for, but not limited to the following:

  • Act as primary interface with customer for contractual issues; Monitor contract and associated program to ensure that contractual obligations are communicated and understood.

  • Participate in contract proposal preparation, contract negotiations, contract administration, and customer contract activities to manage assigned contracts in accordance with company policies, legal requirements, and customer specifications.

  • Work under general supervision to develop solutions to both routine and complex contractual matters to ensure company compliance with contract requirements on assigned programs.

  • Ensure fulfillment of contract requirements, manage contract changes, and maintain historical information.

  • Review terms and conditions to address provisions and risks of financial terms, acceptance criteria, delivery requirements, warranty, intellectual property, termination provisions, indemnification and all other potential risk areas and recommend risk mitigation strategies.

  • Prepare and manage written communications with internal and external customers for assigned contractual matters.

  • Enter and maintain contract data into Contract Management System and/or Enterprise Accounting System.

  • Ensure timely delivery of all contractual deliverables and submission of invoices.

Basic Qualifications for Principal Contract Administrator (Level 4): 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with 10 years in Contracts, Subcontracts, or Procurement Administration, or related professional experience - OR - a Master's degree with 8 years in Contracts, Subcontracts, or Procurement Administration, or related professional experience. An additional four years’ experience accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.

  • Knowledge and understanding of pricing principles and FAR/DFARS as well as associated Federal Contracting regulations.

  • Strong technical acumen in M365 

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills; ability to make recommendations and effectively bring projects to completion. 

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret level security clearance.  US Citizenship is a prerequisite.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Active US Top Secret Clearance.

  • Working knowledge of FAR/DFARS and/or government regulations as well as experience with different contract types 

  • Experience supporting ECPs and REAs 

  • Extensive Proposal Support is a plus 

  • NCMA Certification (CPCM, CFCM and/or CCCM) 


Salary Range: $97,300 USD - $145,900 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.