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Compensation Analyst (Principal/Sr. Principal Level)

Requisition ID: R10092140

  • CategoryCategory: Human Resources
  • LocationLocation: McLean, VA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • 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 is seeking a Principal, or Sr. Principal Compensation Analyst. We will consider the level based on the incumbent's education and experience.

Reporting to the Director of Compensation, the successful candidate will have responsibility for providing consultation, analysis, and support to Human Resources and business leaders for the assigned sector as well as support the design, implementation and administration of the company’s compensation programs, policies and procedures.

This position can support a virtual telecommuting candidate, however, the preference is McLean, VA.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Engaging with HR Business Partners (HRBPs) to identify current and future compensation needs, researching market trends and analyzing data to develop and ensure the execution of HR/Compensation priorities that align with business objectives.

  • Leading the Annual Compensation Review (ACR) integrated process and training for the business unit in partnership with human resources.

  • Collaborating with HRBPs to provide guidance on total compensation solutions.

  • Completing complex analyses to identify issues, provide alternatives, and recommend solutions to business needs.

  • Periodically reviewing and assessing pay competitiveness across business functions, identifying and recommending appropriate adjustments.

  • Reviewing job classifications, position descriptions and market data to make recommendations with respect to job qualifications and levels in support of company policy and organization budgets.

  • Developing and shaping strong change management plans in support of compensation-related programs and priorities.

  • Supporting the development and delivery of enterprise-wide compensation training and communications to foster a greater understanding of total compensation.

  • Conducting ad hoc research upon request from HR and other business/department leaders.


  • Ability to translate Compensation philosophy and strategy into appropriate recommendations for compensation solutions.

  • Demonstrated effective presentation skills and techniques.

  • Demonstrated experience participating in large, complex initiatives and associated change management activities.

  • Ability to clearly and concisely communicate complex data and information.

  • Ability to work independently but also collaborate within a team environment.

  • Ability to influence, collaborate, and problem solve.

  • Strong focus on quality of work and attention to detail.

  • Strong consultative and communication skills.

  • Ability to prioritize based on business needs, and work well within a fast-paced, project-focused environment.

  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills with advanced knowledge and experience with Microsoft Excel, including writing formulas and creating data visualizations

Basic Qualifications for Principal Level:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Human Resources or related discipline.

  • Minimum of 6 years compensation, HR, or related discipline experience.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of HR practices, including compensation analysis.

Basic Qualifications for Sr. Principal Level:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Human Resources or related discipline.

  • Minimum of 9 years compensation, HR, or related discipline experience.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of HR practices, including compensation analysis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Business, Human Resources or other applicable field of study and minimum 4 years of experience.

  • Certified Compensation Professional or progress towards certification.

  • Working knowledge of Workday business processes and functionality.

  • Previous experience in a large government contracting environment.

Salary Range: $78,500 USD - $160,600 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.