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Northrop Grumman Principal Supply Chain Procurement Specialist (Buyer 3) in Baltimore, Maryland

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 Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our products include launch vehicles, propulsion systems, missile products, subsystems and defense electronics, precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition, satellites and space components and services, and advanced aerospace structures.

The Principal Supply Chain Procurement Specialist (Buyer) position will be based at our Missile Products Business Unit headquarters location in Baltimore, MD and will report directly to the Procurement Manager.

Job Summary:

As a member of our Integrated Supply Chain Management team, this position plays a critical role in establishing, maintaining, and monitoring supplier agreements of medium to high-dollar risk and complexity. You will support the selection, development, and management of strategic and preferred suppliers to meet commodity cost and performance goals. The position will also support the implementation of programs for supplier selection, supplier performance management, and supply base optimization. This is a diverse position with responsibilities in supplier management, contract structure, financial performance and compliance.

Specific responsibilities include the following:

Supplier Management

Strategic sourcing

Establish supplier long term agreements

Contract change management

Ensure on-time delivery of quality product

Continuous improvement

Risk management

Supplier performance management

Sole source/critical supplier management

Takes ownership and achieves results

Contract Structure & Business Terms

Negotiate pricing using cost/price and best value analysis

Negotiate to ensure terms and conditions address provisions and risks of financial terms, acceptance criteria, delivery requirements, warranty, intellectual property, termination provisions, indemnification, and all other potential risk areas

Ensure that terms and conditions have been properly flowed down from customer contracts to supplier contracts

Establish and maintain formal agreements (Purchase Orders) with suppliers

Incorporate customer or internal changes into the contract or Purchase Orders

Manages customer requirements and schedules

Financial Performance

Track cost savings and cost avoidance

Establish billing and payment terms including milestones; facilitate timely payment of invoices

Ensure PO is within program budget and support EAC reductions


Apply Import/Export regulations such as ITAR, EAR, DDTC registration etc.

Apply security regulations concerning vendor visits or sharing information.

Apply government contract requirements such as FAR, DFAR, ISO, DCAA, SOX, etc. to appropriate agreements

Supports auditing processes such as DCMA, CPSR etc.

BA in Business, Finance, Supply Chain Management or a related field

Six (6) or more years of supply chain procurement experience in a manufacturing environment

Additional Qualifications:

Previous U.S. government sub-contracting experience (FAR/DFAR)

Previous experience with ERP systems such as Deltek and Costpoint

Strong negotiator to achieve best value

Proactive and self-directed; able to instruction and act quickly and responsibly

Demonstrated success in developing tactical plans and carrying through to successful execution

What to Expect:

We offer highly competitive salaries, an array of benefits to give you the support you need, and the opportunity to connect with coworkers in an environment that is professional, creative and ?exible. If you are a dynamic and motivated professional, Northrop Grumman is the company that will help further your experience and career growth. Join our team and Work On What Matters

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.

Job Category : Global Supply Chain