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Sr. Principal Supply Chain Planning Specialist

Requisition ID: R10097888

  • CategoryCategory: Global Supply Chain
  • LocationLocation: Plymouth, MN, 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
  • 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 is seeking a Sr. Principal Supply Chain Planning Specialist for our Material Program team located in Plymouth, MN.

Put your skills to the test by pushing the boundaries of what's possible. From global defense to sustainment and modernization to mission readiness, 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.

Position Summary:

Supports and manages all subcontracted and purchased material for the Armament Systems Business Unit. Coordinate activities of various Supply Chain disciplines by creating and participating in program level Supply Chain strategies and plans. Ensure the placement and receipt of all material requirements to meet those strategies and plans in support of program requirements including complete material management / ownership (schedule, cost and Material EAC). This individual is the liaison between the program office and the Supply Chain organization and is responsible for the development, coordination and execution of all program specific material strategies, supply chain objectives, and enterprise objectives. Will represent Supply Chain to the Customer, Program Management and Weapons Systems management. This individual may be responsible for multiple programs, which will have numerous variations in responsibilities from simple to complex. This individual will manage all program proposal Supply Chain activities in support of strategic pursuits to enable success of each program. International experience in desired.

The Staff Principal Supply Chain Planning Specialist functions include, but are not limited to, functioning as the “owner” of the materials i.e. Deputy Program Manager for all material related items. This includes: developing material strategies on complex programs; facilitate Make/Buy decisions; prepare and execute Material Program Plans (MPPs) which includes both cost and schedule; identifying and mitigating complex program risks as they pertain to material requirements; achieve program material budget objectives by developing a set of strategies that will achieve those directives; gather estimate at complete (EAC) data and managing program purchase requirements to meet production build schedules; work closely with Subcontracts and Purchasing with resolving Supply Chain issues for the program and work closely with the program office in resolving program material cost problems. This individual will also be required to contribute to enterprise initiatives, with the program and within Supply Chain. Manage a material cost account under a program with EVMS requirements and cost accounting responsibility (material and labor) for an assigned program. May serve on an approval board such as CCB, MRB, etc.

Major Responsibilities:
• Achieve EAC (estimate at complete) and ETC (estimate to complete) goals within programs of responsibility.
• Achieve budget price variance (B.P.V.) goals for programs of responsibility
• Achieve material sales goals (Inventory Receipts)
• Support on-time delivery performance of suppliers within programs of responsibility (Supplier OTD >98%).
• Ensure high quality products from suppliers within programs of responsibility (Supplier Quality >98%).
• Develop and execute strategic commodity plans and procurement process improvements to ensure future / long term program success.
• Lead a group of purchasing professionals in the development of sourcing strategies, bid package preparation, supplier evaluation and selection.

Basic Requirements:
• 14 years of Subcontract or Purchasing experience required.  Would consider a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Finance, Supply Chain, Engineering or other related fields and 10 years of experience or a MS and 8 years of experience.
• This individual must be able to convert customer terms, conditions and requirements into estimating requirements for suppliers, and be able to review Supplier proposals for completeness and conformance to program requirements.
• Superior communication skills (written and verbal), leadership abilities, negotiation skills and the ability to team in a cross-functional environment are required to perform in this position.
• This individual must have experience providing complex material program strategies for programs with numerous end item and variations.
• This individual must be a self-starter, capable of achieving organizational and program objectives, and able to interface with all levels of internal management, supplier management and the external customer.
• Since the communication of information is a key component of this position, excellent presentation skills will be required in order to keep internal customers, suppliers and the external customer informed.
• Must be a US Citizen

Preferred Requirements:
• The ideal candidate brings 10+ years of relevant experience from a large DoD organization coupled with a deep understanding of supply chain management and program management.
• Thorough knowledge of purchasing and planning, material procurement, MRP/ERP planning and transactions, BOM structures, and material estimating and Basis of Estimate creation. Experience with Deltek Costpoint system(s) is a plus.
• Understanding of FAR/DFAR Regulations.
• Prefer someone with excellent time management skills and the ability to set the appropriate priorities to the many tasks that they will be required to perform.
• Experience leading teams is desired as this individual may also be required to lead specialized groups for the purpose of achieving specific organization goals.


Salary Range: $102,200 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

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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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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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.