Principal Contract AdministratorLinthicum, 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.

At the heart of Defining Possible is our commitment to missions. In rapidly changing global security environments, Northrop Grumman brings informed insights and software-secure technology to enable strategic planning. We're looking for innovators who can help us keep building on our wide portfolio of secure, affordable, integrated, and multi-domain systems and technologies that fuel those missions. By joining in our shared mission, we'll support yours of expanding your personal network and developing skills, whether you are new to the field or an industry thought-leader. At Northrop Grumman, you'll have the resources, support, and team to do some of the best work of your career.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, Maritime/Land Systems & Sensors Division is seeking an experienced Principal Contract Administrator to join our Marine Systems Launcher Operating Unit located in Sunnyvale, CA, to support the Marine Logistics Support (MLS) program . The position will report to the MLS Contracts Manager and will be the primary focal point for a high volume, fast paced portfolio of aftermarket parts and repair contracts.

We are looking for you to join onsite at Linthicum, MD; Annapolis, MD; Sykesville, MD; or Charlottesville, VA. This position may be staffed as a Hybrid role. This position offers the 9/80 schedule.

Come join our team! You will be challenged and be a key leader for your program!

What You'll Get to Do:

Proposal Preparation and Negotiation (Pre-Contract)

  • Review, analyze, and understand customer Requests for Proposal/Quotes (RFPs/RFQs), Statements of Work (SOW) and contract requirements and advise the program team on contractual terms and conditions and risk identification/mitigation strategies.

  • Examine estimates of material, equipment services, production costs, performance requirements, and delivery schedules to ensure accuracy and completeness.

  • Ensure company proposals are fully responsive to prospective customer requirements, prepare proposal submittal documents, and coordinate/complete appropriate levels of internal review and approval.

  • Develop negotiation strategy through collaboration with internal stakeholders. Negotiate terms and conditions, cost/price/fee, and other requirements.

  • Manage proposal fact-finding and negotiations between customer and program team.

Contract Administration and Closeout

  • Oversee contract requirements including schedules and deliverables and complete contract actions to ensure satisfactory contract performance.

  • Work with program and business management team to closely monitor contract funding and payments, and change management

  • Maintain and update contract files and records.

  • Draft and submit correspondence, requests, and notifications to customers.

  • Research contract issues to prepare analyze and recommend solutions.

  • Work cooperatively with the technical staff to address customer questions and requests.

  • Initiate and complete actions related to contract closeout.


  • Administer, negotiate, terminate, and close-out standard contracts (e.g., FFP, T&M, CPFF) and nonstandard contracts (e.g., UCAs).

  • Advise your program team of contractual rights and obligations on your assigned contracts, including interpretation of contract terms and conditions.

  • Utilize and apply knowledge of FAR/DFARS and US Export Regulations .

  • Effectively interface with internal stakeholders and customer counterparts via email, telephone, and in-person to complete and close proposal and/or contract actions.

Basic Qualifications:

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

  • Understand and apply principles, concepts, practices, and standards. Independently performs complex professional tasks.

  • Ability to gather, organize and relay information and collaborate in a team environment.

  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities and accomplish them simultaneously.

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

  • Must have strong attention to detail and ability to organize and prioritize workload/actions independently.

  • Advanced skills in MS Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

  • Knowledge and understanding of FAR/DFARS

  • Excellent verbal, written, presentation, communication, and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to obtain/maintain security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using SAP and/or Northrop Grumman Contracts systems and resources.

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

  • Experience reading and interpreting legal, contractual, and technical requirements.

  • Familiarity with Northrop Grumman businesses, policies and practices.

  • Demonstrated leadership, critical thinking, and ownership in past projects, roles, or experiences.

Salary Range: $76,600 - $127,000

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

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 application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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.