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Contract / Principal Contract Administrator

Requisition ID: R10090414

  • CategoryCategory: Business Management
  • LocationLocation: Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions 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.


At the heart of Defining Possible is our commitment to missions. In rapidly changing global security environments, Northrop Grumman brings informed insights and software-secure technology to enable strategic planning. We’re looking for innovators who can help us build upon our wide portfolio of secure, affordable, integrated, and multi-domain systems and technologies that fuel those missions. By joining Northrop Grumman, you can become a part of our shared mission in supporting teams to further develop these capabilities while expanding your skills and horizons. At Northrop Grumman, you’ll have the opportunity to support our experts in developing complex systems and solutions which protect our nation. Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking either a Band 2 Contracts Administrator or a Band 3 Principal Contracts Administrator to join our Contracts teams in supporting the SABR and Global Tactical Programs Operating Units based in Linthicum, MD. Successful candidates are expected to work both in-office and remotely in accordance with emerging business needs. Occasional travel to customer sites is required and estimated at 10%.

Roles and Responsibilities include:

  • Administers, extends, negotiates, and terminates standard and nonstandard contracts.

  • Reviews and analyzes customer Requests for Proposal (RFPs) to understand Statements of Work (SOW)/contract requirements and advise the program team on contractual terms and conditions.

  • Ensures company proposals are fully responsive to prospective customer requirements, prepares proposal submittal documents, and coordinates appropriate levels of internal review and approval.

  • Manages fact-finding, evaluation notices, and negotiations between customer and program team.

  • Builds knowledge of pricing principles and FAR/DFARS and associated Federal Contracting regulations.

  • Applies sound judgment to proposal strategy, contract formation, and customer relationships.

  • Manages and administers Contractual Data Requirements List (CDRLs) and other reports, advises management of contractual rights and obligations, compiles and analyzes data, and maintains historical information through the closeout process.

Basic Qualifications for Contract Administrator Level 2:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum 3 years previous experience in contracts, subcontracts, finance, or other business management related function; or a Master's degree or JD with a minimum of 1 year previous experience in contracts, subcontracts, finance, or other business management related function.

Basic Qualifications for Principal Contract Administrator Level 3:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum 6 years previous experience in contracts, subcontracts, finance, or other business management related function; or a Master's degree or JD with a minimum of 4 years previous experience in contracts, subcontracts, finance, or other business management related function.

  • Complete understanding and application of principles, concepts, practices, and standards. Independently demonstrates the skill and ability to perform fairly complex professional tasks.

  • Must possess ability to provide advice on a wide range of contractual and business related matters including proposal strategy, estimating & pricing, audits, contract formation and customer relationships.

  • Interacts with senior internal and external personnel on significant matters often requiring coordination between organizations.

  • Demonstrated ability to protect the contract baseline with diligent attention to managing contract change activities.

  • Working knowledge of commercial contracting.

Basic Qualifications – Both Levels: 

  • Experience with problem solving, risk assessment and strategy.

  • Ability to gather, organize and relay information and collaborate in a team environment.

  • Readily integrates different viewpoints while prioritizing tasks to accomplish and achieve goals.

  • Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities and accomplish them simultaneously.

  • Connects with diverse people in varied situations and excels in face-to-face or remote team environments.

  • Strong time management skills to handle time-sensitive projects and meet deadlines and commitments.

  • Skilled at preparation and analysis of data and figures with aptitude to compute, analyze, and interpret numerical data for reporting purposes.

  • Capable of adapting to unique and new situations and strong ability to learn quickly on the go.

  • Proficient in daily use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.) and other PC programs and software.

  • Must be able to obtain a Secret Clearance and Special Program Access. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Recent experience as a Contracts Professional in the defense industry.

  • Proficiency and experience supporting sole source and competitive acquisitions.

  • Strong working knowledge of the FAR, DFAR and other U.S. Federal Government contracting regulations.

  • Experience with various contract types including Firm Fixed Price (FFP), Cost Reimbursable, and Time and Material contracts.

  • Familiarity with Northrop Grumman businesses, policies and practices.

  • Strong written, verbal, interpersonal communication and presentation skills.

Salary Range: $67,000 USD - $100,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $82,400 USD - $123,600 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

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.