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Sr. Principal Contract Administrator

Requisition ID: R10088037

  • CategoryCategory: Business Management
  • Location Location: Sykesville, MD, USA   |  Fairfax, VA, USA +1 more
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Full Time Teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • 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 Mission Systems Sector is seeking a Senior Prinipal Contract Administrator to support the Land and Maritime Sensors Business Unit with its Power and Control Systems (PC/S) pursuits.

The preferred location for this position is on-site in Sykesville, MD with hybrid work schedule available at the discretion of the hiring manager. This position may also be offered as a remote schedule at the discretion of the hiring manager.

The Contract Administrator is responsible for supporting proposal preparation, contract negotiation, contract administration and customer contact activities to provide and ensure proper contract acquisition and fulfillment in accordance with company policies, legal requirements, and customer requirements. You will be an embedded member of the program management team, supporting program success and new growth opportunities across the portfolio. This position will require a thorough understanding of contracting and proposal experience negotiating complex terms and conditions. The position will be primarily focused on continued execution of various direct commercial sale procurement contracts , post production support and warranty. USG contracts are included within the portfolio as well as the requirement for extensive review and administration associated with select new business pursuits across the Business Unit.

Roles and responsibilities include, but are 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.
  • Assist management in achieving financial goals related to cash management, EBIT and sales.
  • 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, proposals, and data calls.

This role will have significant visibility within key strategic programs, including Division and Sector submittals and reviews. Candidate must manage tight deadlines in a complex environment and have the ability to meet high performance expectations in a dynamic environment.  Excellent communication is a must as the selected candidate will be directly involved in negotiations with the customer as a strategic team member. Our team is looking for someone who wants to grow and experience different contract types and resolve complex issues.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree - 10 years of experience in a contracts related field - OR - Master's Degree with 8 years' experience as described.
  • Working knowledge of commercial and Government contracting.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, (specifically Excel and PowerPoint), Adobe
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically up to 10%
  • Current, active US Secret level security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of FAR/DFARS and/or government regulations
  • Law, business, or relevant advanced degre
  • 1ERP, SAP, and Teams 365
  • Experience/familiarity with large federal and/or commercial international programs

This position reports to Sykesville, MD, USA, however, this position can also be worked from Fairfax, VA, VA, USA.


Salary Range: $97,300 USD - $153,200 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.