Global Supplier Diversity Program (GSDP)

Global Supplier Diversity Program (GSDP)

Overview

On behalf of the Northrop Grumman Global Supplier Diversity Program (GSDP), welcome to our website. The GSDP office is designed to expand subcontracting opportunities for all small business concerns, including small disadvantaged, minority, women-owned, historically underutilized business zones, veteran, service-disabled veteran-owned, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning, disability owned, historically black colleges and universities, minority institutions, Alaska Native Corporations and Indian Tribes.

Northrop Grumman utilizes Small Business Liaison Officers (SBLOs) as advocates for small businesses. These individuals are the first point of contact for anyone interested in doing business with Northrop Grumman. The SBLOs provide direction to potential small business suppliers, work to ensure that these firms have access to the requesting organizations, and are aware of current subcontracting opportunities. In addition, SBLOs participate in outreach events focused on identifying new suppliers who have the potential to become Northrop Grumman Corporation’s team members. Our ultimate objective is to achieve the maximum practical participation of small businesses in our subcontracting processes. Please enjoy your visit.

Mission and Objective

The Global Supplier Diversity Program plays a key role in connecting small businesses interested in working with Northrop Grumman with the company’s procurement and technical organizations.

Objectives

Northrop Grumman considers all small business concerns, including small disadvantaged, minority, women-owned, historically underutilized business zones, veteran, service-disabled veteran-owned, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning, disability owned, historically black colleges and universities, minority institutions, Alaska Native Corporations and Indian Tribes to be an integral part of our industry and important contributors to our future as a global company. Northrop Grumman actively seeks full engagement of these businesses because they have been, and continue to be important team members.

Mission Statement

Our Corporate mission is to provide policy guidelines and strategic direction for the implementation and interpretation of the Federal government initiatives and public law mandates. In addition, we ensure consistent application of the prescribed Northrop Grumman initiatives, policies, and procedures across the enterprise.

Leadership

GSDP/Government Relations

Thomasine Sturdivant
Administrative Assistant

GSDP/Government Relations

Gwen Tillman
Corporate Director

Mentor-Protégé SBIR/STTR/HBCU/MI Program

Terrell Reid
Program Manager

Corporate Representative

Alicia Sandello
GSDP/Government Relations

Aeronautics Systems

Vicky Harper-Hall
GSDP/Government Relations

Defense Systems

Carla Undurraga
GSDP/Government Relations

Mission Systems

Kelly Jones
GSDP/Government Relations

Space Systems

Kristen Collins
GSDP/Government Relations

Awards & Recognition

Northrop Grumman has been recognized nationally and regionally for its commitment to supplier diversity.

2021

  • Northrop Grumman selected as one of the 2021 NBIC Top 50 Best-of-the-Best Corporations for Inclusion by National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC). November 2021
  • Northrop Grumman ranked #3 on 2021 HBCU Top Supporters List by Career Communications Group, Inc.
  • Northrop Grumman receives the Champion of Veterans Enterprise Award from the National Veterans Small Business Coalition
  • Northrop Grumman included on 2021 Best of the Best Top Supplier Diversity Programs, Top Employers and Top LGBTQ+ Friendly Companies lists, by Black Employment & Entrepreneur Journal, Summer 2021
  • Northrop Grumman included on 2021 Best of the Best Top Supplier Diversity Programs and Top Veteran-Friendly Employers lists, by U.S. Veterans magazine
  • Northrop Grumman receives 2021 Best of the Best Top Employers and Top LGBTQ+ Friendly Companies, Professional Woman’s Magazine FALL 2021
  • Northrop Grumman receives 2021 Best of the Best Top Employers and Top LGBTQ+ Friendly Companies, Hispanic network Magazine FALL 2021
  • Northrop Grumman receives 2021 Best of the Best Top Disability Friendly Companies, DIVERSEability Magazine FALL 2021

2020

  • Northrop Grumman receives the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award of Excellence – Services category from the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Northrop Grumman selected as the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) FY 2020 Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year
  • Northrop Grumman selected as America’s #2 Top 50 Corporation for Multicultural Business Opportunities (Omni50), by Omnikal (formerly DiversityBusiness.com)
  • Northrop Grumman selected as one of the 2020 NBIC Top 50  Best-of-the-Best Corporations for Inclusion by National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC). November 2020
  • Northrop Grumman ranked #3 on 2020 HBCU Top Supporters List by Career Communications Group, Inc.
  • Northrop Grumman receives the Champion of Veterans Enterprise Award from the National Veterans Small Business Coalition
  • Northrop Grumman included on 2020 Best of the Best Top Employers and Top LGBTQ+ Friendly Companies lists, by Black Employment & Entrepreneur Journal, Summer 2020
  • Northrop Grumman included on 2020 Best of the Best Top Supplier Diversity Programs and Top Veteran-Friendly Employers lists, by U.S. Veterans magazine
  • Northrop Grumman receives 2020 Best of the Best Top Employers and Top LGBTQ+ Friendly Companies, Professional Woman’s Magazine Fall 2020

2019

  • Northrop Grumman selected as one of the 2019 Top 50 Workplaces in STEM for Native American Professionals, Spring Issue of Winds of Change Magazine
  • Northrop Grumman selected as America’s #1 Top 50 Corporation for Multicultural Business Opportunities (Omni50), by Omnikal (formerly DiversityBusiness.com) 2/19/19
  • Northrop Grumman honored by the American Foundation for the Blindas a recipient of the Helen Keller award for diversity hiring (2/27/19)
  • Northrop Grumman recognized and receives the 2019 Military Friendly Employer – Silver – Top 50 G.I. Jobs Award by VIQTORY
  • Northrop Grumman recognized and receives 2019 Military Friendly Spouse Employer Award by VIQTORY
  • Northrop Grumman listed inBest of the Decade, WE USA Magazine Volume 1 2019
  • Northrop Grumman presented Cyber Warrior Diversity Inclusion Award
  • Northrop Grumman receives 2019 Best-of-the-Best Corporation for Inclusion Award, National Business Inclusion Coalition (NBIC) April 2019
  • Bowie State university College of Business selects Northrop Grumman for the Best Employer Award – presented at Pillars of Success Awards Ceremony May 2, 2019
  • Northrop Grumman receives 2019 Top 50 Corporations for Inclusion award, Omnikal
  • Northrop Grumman receives Champion of Veterans Enterprise Award, Veteran’s Entrepreneur Training Symposium (May 2019)
  • Northrop Grumman receives 2019 Best of the Best in Top Employers and Top LGBTQ Friendly Companies, Professional Woman’s Magazine FALL 2019

2018

  • Northrop Grumman selected as one of the 2018 Top 50 Workplaces in STEM for Native American Professionals, Spring Issue of Winds of Change Magazine
  • Northrop Grumman ranked #3 in 2018 Top Corporate HBCU Supporters, Career Communications Group, Inc.
  • Northrop Grumman has been selected as a 2018 Top Supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Engineering Programs by the deans of the 15 ABET-accredited HBCU engineering programs and corporate-academic alliance Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE)
  • Northrop Grumman ranked #45 in Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens of 2018
  • Northrop Grumman listed as one of the Top Leaders in Corporate Supplier Diversity , WEUSA Women’s Enterprise Magazine
  • Northrop Grumman recipient of 2018 LGBTQ Business Equality Excellence Award, BEQ Pride Magazine
  • Northrop Grumman recipient of the Sponsor Award for continuous support of the Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum, May 1, 2018
  • Northrop Grumman (MS & TS) Sectors recipients of NVSBC ‘s Champion Award for Exceptional Support of Service-Disabled Veteran Small Business in CY2017 (June 2018)
  • Northrop Grumman listed in 2018 Top 50 Corporations for Inclusive Majority, Omnikal (May 2018)
  • Northrop Grumman listed among Top Employers; Supplier Diversity Programs, LGBT-Friendly Companies; Colleges & Universities and MBA Programs, Professional Woman’s Magazine Best of the Best Early Results Lists, (Fall 2018)
  • Northrop Grumman listed among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies and Top Supplier Diversity Programs, U.S. Veteran’s Magazine Best of the Best Early Results Lists, (Summer 2018)
  • Northrop Grumman listed among Top Employers; LGBT-Friendly Companies; The Employment & Entrepreneur- Black EOE Journal Magazine (Summer 2018)
  • Northrop Grumman listed among Best of the Best 2018 Top Employers; Top LGBTQ+Friendly Companies; Hispanic Network, A Latino Business & Employment Magazine (Summer 2018)
  • Northrop Grumman listed among 2018 Best of the Best 2018 Corporations for Inclusion Named by NGLCC and Partners in the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC) Affinity Inc. Magazine , Volume 2, 2018
  • Northrop Grumman listed in 2018 Top 100 Corporations of the Year by Women’s Enterprise USA magazine, recognition of development of women-owned business organizations
  • Northrop Grumman listed as Best of the Best 2018 among Top Employers and LGBTQ friendly, Professional Woman’s Magazine Fall 2018
  • (Northrop Grumman/Tizoc) presented “Working with Purpose, Making the Difference Award” MVLE (October 23, 2018- Annual Dinner & Awards Celebration)
  • Northrop Grumman ranked #23 overall on the Top 50 List. Diversity Inc. (May2018).
    • Specialty lists:
    • Top Companies for Veterans – #1
    • Top Companies for People with Disabilities – #2
    • Top Companies for Diversity Councils – #2

2017

  • Northrop Grumman ranked #2 on America’s Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities, by Omnikal (formerly DiversityBusiness.com)
  • Northrop Grumman listed on LGBTQ Business Equality Excellence Award, Business Quality Pride Magazine
  • Northrop Grumman listed as 2017 Top 50 Workplace for Native STEM Professionals, Spring Issue of Winds of Change
  • Northrop Grumman recipient of 2017 Inaugural BEQ Pride LGBTQ Business Equality Excellence Award, Business Equality Magazine
  • Northrop Grumman listed on the AIM100 as a result of outstanding contribution and support for the national LGBT Business Community

2016

  • Northrop Grumman ranked #3 on America’s Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities, by DiversityBusiness.com (1/2016)
  • Northrop Grumman receives award for exemplary achievements as a firm, in affording access and opportunity to Cal State LA students and faculty, CSULA College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology (3/2/2016)
  • Northrop Grumman ranked #3 on Career Communications Group’s list of Top Supporters of HBCU Engineering Schools (3/2016)
  • Northrop Grumman presented a Certificate of Sponsorship, Black Business Association (BBA) (3/19/2016)
  • Northrop Grumman receives Supplier Diversity Champion of the Year Award, National Society of Black Engineers, (NSBE) (3/25/2016)
  • Northrop Grumman/Gloria Pualani receive Sustainability Maven Award, National Society of Black Engineers, (NSBE) (3/25/2016)
  • Northrop Grumman listed #31 in Diversity Inc.’s Top 50 companies for Diversity (4/19/16)
  • Northrop Grumman included on U.S. Veteran Magazine’s 2016 Best Top Supplier Diversity Programs list (May 2016)
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded Best of the Best Corporation for Inclusion Award, NBIC (June 2016)
  • Northrop Grumman Mission Systems receives the Champion of Veteran Enterprise Award For Exceptional Support of Veteran and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business in FY 2015 (June 2016)
  • Northrop Grumman named to the 2016 Military Friendly Supplier Diversity Programs List by the National Veteran Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) (July 2016)
  • Northrop Grumman receives Contractor of the Year Award, Federal Allies Institute (September 2016)
  • Northrop Grumman included on Best of the Best Hispanic Top Diversity Employer, Hispanic Network Magazine (September 2016)
  • Northrop Grumman listed #13 Reader’s Choice Top 50 Employees 2016, STEM Workforce Diversity Magazine (September 2016)
  • Northrop Grumman GSDP receives “Together We Can” Award, Mount Vernon Lee Enterprises (MVLE) Annual Dinner (October 18, 2016)
  • Northrop Grumman/Gloria Pualani receives Women of Color’s “Certificate of Recognition for Leadership and Excellence in Diversity: Sustaining the Diversity Momentum in Changing Times” (October 15, 2016)
  • Gloria Pualani receives 2016 Global Supply Chain (GSC) Key to Success Award (December 2016)

2015

  • Northrop Grumman ranked #3 on America’s Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities, by DiversityBusiness.com (2/16/2015)
  • Northrop Grumman ranked #3 on Career Communications Group’s List of Top 20 Supporters of HBCU’s for 2015 (4/8/15)
  • Northrop Grumman ranked 35th on DiversityInc’s 2015 Top 50 Companies for Diversity List (4/28/15)
  • Northrop Grumman ranked #1 on DiversityInc’s 2015 Specialty Lists, Top 10 Companies for Veterans (4/28/15)
  • Northrop Grumman receives the Small Business Administration’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence (5/14/2015)
  • Northrop Grumman Information Systems receives the Champion of Veteran Enterprise Award For Exceptional Support of Veteran and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business in FY 2014 (6/9/2015)
  • Northrop Grumman listed among 2015 WE 100 Corporations of the Year, WE USA Magazine 2015 Conference Edition (7/2015)
  • Northrop Grumman included on Professional Women’s Magazine’s Best of Best List of Top Supplier Diversity Programs for Women 2015
  • CSULA College of Engineering Computer Science and Technology Award presented to Northrop Grumman in recognition of continued support and contributions for Center of Excellence in Mentor Protege and STIR programs (9/24/15)
  • Northrop Grumman receives 22nd Annual National Asian Entrepreneur of the Year (AEY) & Fortune 500s Best Companies’ Award (9/25/15)
  • Northrop Grumman included on Black EOE Journal’s Best of Best List of Top Supplier Diversity Programs and Top LGBT Friendly Companies for 2015
  • Northrop Grumman included on U.S. Veterans Magazine’s Best of Best List of Top Supplier Diversity Programs for 2015

2014

  • Northrop Grumman ranked #3 on DiversityBusiness.com’s List of Top 50 Organizations For Multicultural Business Opportunities for 2014 (2/12/14)
  • Northrop Grumman recipient of 2013 “Emerging New Partner Initiative Award” from the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering at Prairie View A&M University (2/17/14)
  • Northrop Grumman/Gloria Pualani honored at “A Salute to Women Always Giving to Others (W.A.G.O.)” Jazz Tea (3/9/14)
  • Northrop Grumman/Gloria Pualani presented the “BBA 2014 Special Thanks Award Celebrating Women of Character Courage and Commitment” (May)
  • Northrop Grumman listed onProfessional Women’s Magazine’s Best of the Best list of Top Supplier Diversity Programs for Women 2014
  • Northrop Grumman recipient of Asian Entrepreneur of the Year & Fortune 500’s Best Award presented by Asian Enterprise Magazine (9/26/14)
  • Northrop Grumman recipient of “Partnership of Excellence” Award, National Industries for the Blind (10/8/14)
  • Northrop Grumman receives the “2014 Corporate Innovator” award, Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council (September 2014)
  • Northrop Grumman included on U.S. Veteran’s Magazine’s Best of the Best lists of Top Veteran Friendly Companies and Top Supplier Diversity Programs for Veterans 2014 (August 15, 2014)

2013

  • Northrop Grumman ranked #4 on DiversityBusiness.com’s List of Top 50 Organizations For Multicultural Business Opportunities for 2013
  • Aerospace Corporation of the Year Award for 2013 from the Black Business Association (2/28/13)
  • Top 50 Leaders Award from Women’s Enterprise USA magazine 2013
  • 2013 Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Companies from U.S. Veterans Magazine
  • Northrop Grumman recognized as an Active Supporter of Workforce & Supplier Diversity by Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology magazine
  • Advocate of the Year Award from the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC)
  • HBCU Business Plan Venture Challenge Sponsor Award from Opportunity Funding Corporation
  • 2013 Best of the Best Top Supplier Diversity Programs List for strides made in Diversity efforts, from Black EOE Journal
  • 2013 Best Diversity/Supplier Diversity Company by Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology magazine
  • Tibbetts Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration in recognition of unique contributions as a “Model of Excellence” for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program (May 2013)
  • Source America Commercial Business Partnership Award from NUSH (Creating Employment Opportunities For People Who Are Blind or Severely Handicapped), (June 2013)

2012

  • Northrop Grumman ranked #5 on DiversityBusiness.com’s List of Top 50 Organizations For Multicultural Business Opportunities for 2012
  • Asian Business Association Sponsor Award
  • Northrop Grumman presented the Chairman’s Historical Corporation of the Year Award by the Latin Business Association
  • Opportunity Funding Corporation HBCU Business Plan Venture Challenge Sponsor Award
  • Outstanding Corporate Supplier Diversity Award – NMBC
  • National Small Business Week Recognition – SBA
  • Supplier Diversity Corporation of the Year 2012 – USBLN
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation ‘Making a Difference’ Award – MVLE
  • Gloria Pualani/NGC ‘Ambassador of Supplier Diversity’ – MBNUSA
  • 2012 Top 30 Champions of Diversity – Diversity Plus Magazine
  • Partners Recognition Award, December 2012 – TransTech Academy
Wes Bush and Gloria Pualani accept the Supplier Diversity Corporation of the Year Award 2012

Wes Bush and Gloria Pualani accept the Supplier Diversity Corporation of the Year Award 2012 from the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN).

FAQs

Below we have addressed some frequently asked questions to help you find what you are looking for:

Question: What is Northrop Grumman’s small business strategy?

Northrop Grumman’s procurement strategy is designed to ensure that capable small businesses receive the maximum practicable subcontracting opportunities on our programs

Question: How do I certify my company as a Small Business Concern? 

Small business concerns may self-certify their business size in order to compete for government contracts. In addition, the SBA administers two business assistance programs for small disadvantaged businesses. These programs are the 8(a) Business Development Program, and the HUBZone Business Program. Small Businesses participating in the 8(a) Business Development program and HUBZone small business concerns are eligible to receive certain preferences in federal procurement actions. Information on certification and procurement preference programs is available from SBA programs

Question: What is BusinessUSA?

To strengthen America’s competitiveness in the global economy, businesses will need to be equipped with the best tools and information available to support innovation and job growth in the 21st century. BusinessUSA is your front door to all the government has to offer. BusinessUSA is a centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier than ever for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire.

Question: What resources are available to assist Women Business Owners?

Women’s Business Ownership: SBA’s Office of Women Business Ownership (OWBO) helps women start or expand their businesses. OWBO’s programs provide business training and counseling, access to credit and capital, and marketing opportunities, including federal contracts.

Question: What procurement preferences are available to Small Businesses?

The federal government utilizes several procurement preference programs for small businesses, including:  

Small Business Set-asides, which restrict procurements to small businesses; the Small Disadvantaged Business Program, which includes the 8(a) Business Development Program, by which procurements may be limited to 8(a) enrolled firms or directed to a specific 8(a) firm; the HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) Program, through which procurements may be limited to HUBZone enrolled firms or directed to a specific HUBZone firm; the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program, authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts for eligible women-owned small businesses; and the Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program (SDVOSB), which encourages the use of SDVOSB businesses in prime and subcontracting activities.  

Information on qualifying for and utilizing these programs is available from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Question: What is the Small Business Administration’s role in U.S. business development and expansion?

The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides financial, technical, and management assistance to help Americans start, run, and grow their businesses. Information on federal socioeconomic procurement programs, such as the HUBZone Program and the Small Disadvantaged Business Program, are also available at SBA’s Web site.

Question: What is the System for Award Management?

The System for Award Management (SAM) is the Official U.S. Government system that consolidated the capabilities of CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS. Future phases of SAM will add the capabilities of other systems used in Federal procurement and awards processes.

Question: What are Size Standards, and how does SBA determine a size standard?

Size Standards are numerical measures that a registrant must meet in order to qualify as a small business. SBA usually establishes size standards by the number of employees or receipts for most industries based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

Question: What is the mission of the Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency?

The Department of Commerce promotes job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved living standards for all Americans. The Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) encourages the creation, growth, and expansion of minority-owned businesses in the U.S.

Question: How do I get a DUNS Number?

The Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number is a unique nine-digit identification number provided by the commercial company D&B. Call D&B at 866-705-5711 if you do not have a DUNS number. The process to request a DUNS number takes about ten minutes and is free of charge. Please view these instructions to obtain your DUNS Number.

f you already have a DUNS number, the D&B representative will advise you over the phone. You must have a different nine-digit DUNS for each physical location or different address in your organization as well as each legal division that may be co-located. When entering your DUNS number, enter only the numbers; do not include dashes. As a result of obtaining a DUNS number, you might be included on D&B’s marketing list that is sold to other companies. If you do not want your name/company included on this marketing list D&B has asked that you contact them anytime at the same numbers noted above to request removal.

Question: Where can I get more information about the new Cybersecurity requirements?

For more information on the new Cybersecurity requirements, please access the following links:

Agency Websites

Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs
Department of the Air Force Office of Small Business Programs
Department of the Army Office of Small Business Programs
Marshall Space Flight Center Small Business Office
Other Defense Agencies Small Business Offices
NASA Office of Small Business Programs
Naval Air Systems Command Office of Small Business Programs
U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

National Websites

National Industries for the Blind
SourceAmerica
Disability:IN

Industry Associations

Aerospace Industries Association
DoD Regional Councils for Small Business Education and Advocacy
National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)
National Contract Management Association (NCMA)

Trade Associations

Asian Business Association (ABA)
American Indian Chamber of Commerce of CA
Black Business Association (BBA)
Equality Chamber of Commerce DC Metro Area
Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council
Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council
Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council
Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC)
Latin Business Association
National Association of Women Business Owners – Los Angeles (NAWBO)
National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)
National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council
Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council (SCMSDC)
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)