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Cost Estimating Analyst 1/2

Requisition ID: R10110768

  • CategoryCategory: Business Management
  • LocationLocation: Elkton, MD, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (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.

Northrop Grumman Weapons Systems is currently seeking a Cost Estimating Analyst Level 1 or Level 2 for our Elkton, Maryland location. 

The Northrop Grumman Propulsion Systems and Controls (PS&C) facility in Elkton, Maryland began solid-propellant rocket operations in 1948. Today, the Elkton PS&C facility designs, develops, and produces solid-propellant propulsion and ordnance systems in programs professionally managed for a wide variety of Government and commercial customers.  The facility also serves as the hub for offsite engineering and test facilities in Ronkonkoma, NY, and Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Elkton, Maryland is located on the Upper Chesapeake Bay, midway between Philadelphia and Baltimore. Discover charming small towns, parks with miles of trails, specialty and antique shops, award winning restaurants, and inns.  You can hike, bike, camp, bird watch, ride horseback, or drop a fishing line.  Five rivers, Chesapeake Bay and the C&D Canal can be explored by boat or by land. Experience panoramic views from Turkey Point Lighthouse on a bluff overlooking the Bay, or from the banks of the C&D Canal where ships from around the globe cruise.

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for partnering with the proposal manager and the rest of the proposal team to respond to customers request for pricing (RFP). The role is responsible for generating proposal input in conjunction with other proposal team members to generate cost estimates.  This may include developing labor and material estimates, creating program structure and time phasing, and developing and applying standards.  The Associate Cost Estimating Analyst will prepare and assist the proposal manager with delivering presentations in management pricing reviews.

The Candidate must be proficient in managing and prioritizing multiple project-oriented tasks effectively while working both independently and in a team-oriented environment. Candidate must be able to review request for proposals and derive requirements as well as identify risks and opportunities to the cost estimate. The selected candidate must work well in cross functional teams and be able to make timely decisions possibly without 100% of the data available. The analyst must develop business cases, participate in pricing reviews, and be comfortable presenting to senior leadership. The analyst will be required to participate in the customer negotiation process, support potential audit activities, and prepare cost volume reports.


Put your skills to the test by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. From global defense to sustainment and modernization to deterring and defeating any adversary, your experience and ability will make it a reality. Our programs are built on equal parts of curiosity and collaboration. Our combined effort means our customers can connect and defend millions of people around the world. With Northrop Grumman, you’ll have the opportunity to be an essential part of projects that will define your career, now and in the future.

This requisition may be filled at either as an Associate Cost Estimating Analyst Level 1 or a Cost Estimating Analyst Level 2

Basic Qualifications for Associated Cost Estimating Analyst Level 1:

  • This position emphasized skills and experience. Must have 4 or more years of finance experience. Will also consider a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or related field from an accredited four-year college or university (will be verified).
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel with past experience building complex spreadsheets including macro development
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Must be able to work onsite in Elkton, MD

Basic Qualifications for Cost Estimating Analyst Level 2:

  • This position emphasized skills and experience. Must have 7 or more years of finance experience. Will also consider a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or related field from an accredited four-year college or university (will be verified) and 3 years of experience or a Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance or related field and 1 year of experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in Cost Estimating/cost proposal preparation.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel with past experience building complex spreadsheets including macro development.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Must be able to work onsite in Elkton, MD.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office. 
  • Experience with ProPricer and CostPoint
  • Working knowledge/capability of using VBA to create and edit macros
  • Knowledge of FAR/DFAR/CAS
  • Aerospace and/or DoD intern/working experience  
  • Ability to read drawings and convert drawing information into Bills of Material and program structure
  • Negotiation experience a plus


Salary Range: $55,400 USD - $83,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $67,000 USD - $100,400 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

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 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.