Contract Administrator / Principal Contract Administrator (Secret Clearance REQUIRED) Linthicum, MD

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.

Job Description

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world's biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems (NGMS) Sector, Networked Information Solutions (NIS) Division is seeking either a Contract Administrator (A02) or a Principal Contract Administrator (A03) to join our team in Linthicum, MD. This position will support the rapidly growing businesses within the Advanced Processing Solutions (APS) Business Unit. This position reports directly to the Manager of Contracts and will serve as the primary contact for production and development programs across multiple customers. The successful candidate will have experience supporting work conducted in classified environments, focused on programs for both prime contracts and subcontract purchase orders. Occasional travel to customer sites for activities such as Program Management Reviews and negotiations may be required, estimated at less than 10% of time. Come join us!

In this role, the selected candidate will be responsible for, but not limited to the following activities:

  • Lead solicitation and RFP review/analysis, proposal preparation, and signoff. Examine estimates of material, equipment services, production costs, performance requirements, and delivery schedules to ensure accuracy and completeness.

  • Negotiate, administer, extend, and close standard and nonstandard contracts. Provide for proper contract acquisition and fulfillment in accordance with company policies, legal requirements, and customer specifications.

  • Establish successful working relationships with customers via email, telephone, and in-person, when appropriate.

  • Collaborate effectively with the program team (finance, supply chain, quality & mission assurance, legal, pricing, and compliance) to recommend and complete actions to ensure satisfactory program performance. Work with program business management team to closely monitor contract funding and payments.

  • Advise program team of contractual rights and obligations.

  • Compile and analyze data. Maintain and update contract documents and official program records, including contractual documents and correspondence. Enter and maintain contract data into Contract Management System and/or Enterprise Resource Planning system. Ensure timely delivery of all contractual deliverables and submission of invoices.

  • Analyze and negotiate non-disclosure agreements, teaming agreements, software licensing agreements, and other memoranda.

Job Qualifications:

Basic Qualifications for Both Levels:

  • Active Secret clearance with ability to be briefed to additional accesses.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Adobe.

  • Familiarity with contract terms and conditions (FAR and DFARS) in proposal development, negotiation, and contract administration.

  • Understanding of commercial/U.S. Federal Government contractual instruments including contract type, terms and conditions, and contract financing vehicles.

  • Attentive to detail.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities; ability to start, oversee, and follow-through with major assignments and responsibilities.

  • Ability to provide advice on a wide range of contractual and business-related matters including proposal strategy, estimating and pricing, audits, contract formation, and customer relationships.

  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast paced environment.

  • Strong time management and prioritization skills to handle time-sensitive projects and meet deadlines and commitments.

Additional Basic Qualifications for Contract Administrator (A02):

  • Bachelor's degree with 3+ years of experience in contracts, subcontracts, finance, or other business management related function; or Master's degree with 1+ years of experience in contracts, subcontracts, finance, or other business management related function.

Additional Basic Qualifications for Principal Contract Administrator (A03):

  • Bachelor's degree with 6+ years of experience in contracts, subcontracts, finance, or other business management related function; or Master's degree with 4+ years of experience in contracts, subcontracts, finance, or other business management related function.

  • Independently demonstrates the skill and ability to perform fairly complex professional tasks.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Recent experience as a Contracts professional in the defense industry.

  • Strong working knowledge of the FAR, DFARS, and other U.S. Federal Government contracting regulations.

  • Experience with various contract types including Firm Fixed Price, Cost Reimbursable, and Time and Material.

  • Familiarity with Northrop Grumman policies, procedures, and practices.

  • Top Secret clearance with ability to be briefed to additional accesses.

Salary Range: $67,000 - $104,000

Salary Range 2: $82,400 - $123,600

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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