Secret Clearance Contract/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.

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.

This is a dual level position and can be filled at a level 2 or 3

This position is a hybrid position with an in-office requirement of 2 to 3 days a week, located in Linthicum, MD.

What You'll get to Do:

The Contract Administrator will work with program business management teams to closely monitor contract funding and payments, while partnering with technical staff to address customer questions and requests.

The selected candidate will r eview and analyze customer Requests for Proposal/Quotes (RFPs/RFQs) to understand Statements of Work (SOW) and contract requirements and advise the program team on contractual terms and conditions and risk identification/mitigation strategies. In addition, this role will examine estimates of material, equipment services, production costs, performance requirements, and delivery schedules to ensure accuracy and completeness.

This role will oversee contract performance, including schedules and deliverables and complete actions to ensure satisfactory program performance while maintaining and updating contract/program files and records. As part of this role, the Contract Administrator will ensure company proposals are fully responsive to prospective customer requirements; prepare proposal submittal documents, and coordinate/complete appropriate levels of internal review and approval.

This role will interface with internal stakeholders and customer counterparts via email, telephone, and in-person and will developing negotiation strategies, negotiate terms and conditions, cost/price, and fee. Exercising attention to detail and organization skills, this role will administer, negotiate, terminate, and close-out standard contracts (e.g., FFP, T&M, CPFF) and nonstandard contracts (e.g., UCAs) while researching contact issues and preparing analysis and/or recommendations. Daily, this role will apply knowledge of FAR/DFARS and US Export Regulations.

Basic Qualifications for a Level 2 Contracts Administrator:

  • Bachelor's degree (Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Management, Marketing, etc.) or Contracts adjacencies (Criminal Justice, English, International Business, Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Policy, Supply Chain Management) from an accredited institution with 3+ years of professional experience in contracts, subcontracts, business management, finance, accounting, or related field or Master's degree with 1 year of relevant experience. Will take 5 years of relevant experience in lieu of degree

  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

  • Familiarity with FAR/DFARS

  • US citizenship is required.

  • Current/Active DoD Secret security clearance is Required.

Preferred Qualifications for a Level 2 Contracts Administrator:

  • Advanced MS Excel skills

  • Experience in contacts administration within the defense industry

  • Experience reading and interpreting legal and contractual requirements.

  • Professional experience in a regulated industry such as Aerospace & Defense, Insurance, Financial Services, or Telecommunications.

  • SAP software tool experience

What You'll Get to Do as a Level 3 Contracts Administrator:

  • Act as a primary interface with customer for contractual issues; Monitor contract and associated program to ensure that contractual obligations are communicated and understood.

  • Participate in contract proposal preparation, contract negotiations, contract administration, and customer contract activities to manage assigned contracts in accordance with company policies, legal requirements, and customer specifications.

  • Work under general supervision to develop solutions to both routine and complex contractual matters to ensure company compliance with contract requirements on assigned programs.

  • Ensure fulfillment of contract requirements, manage contract changes and maintain historical information.

  • Review terms and conditions to address provisions and risks of financial terms, acceptance criteria, delivery requirements, warranty, intellectual property, termination provisions, indemnification and all other potential risk areas and recommend risk mitigation strategies.

  • Assist management in achieving financial goals related to cash management and sales.

  • Prepare and manage written communications with internal and external customers for assigned contractual matters.

  • Enter and maintain contract data into Contract Management System and/or Enterprise Accounting System

  • Ensure timely delivery of all contractual deliverables (CDRLs/SDRLs) and submission of invoices.

Basic Qualifications for Principal Contract Administrator Level 3:

  • Bachelor's Degree with a minimum 6 years of experience in Contracts, Subcontracts, Business Management, or related field; or a Master's Degree or JD with a minimum of 4 years of experience in Contracts, Subcontracts, Business Management, or related field. I n lieu of a degree 10 years of relevant work experience will be considered.

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

  • Interacts with senior internal and external personnel on significant matters often requiring coordination between organizations.

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

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

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

  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically up to 10%.

  • US citizenship is required.

  • Current/Active DoD Secret security clearance is Required.

Preferred Qualifications for a level 3 Contracts Administrator:

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

  • Strong time management skills.

  • Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities and accomplish them simultaneously.

  • Proficient in daily use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.) and other PC programs and software.

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

What We Can Offer You

Northrop Grumman provides a comprehensive benefits package and a work environment which encourages your growth and supports the mutual success of our people and our company. Northrop Grumman benefits give you the flexibility and control to choose the benefits that make the most sense for you and your family.

Your benefits will include the following: Health Plan, Savings Plan, Paid Time Off and Additional Benefits including Education Assistance, Training and Development, 9/80 Work Schedule (where available), and much more!

Salary Range: $68,000 - $103,200

Salary Range 2: $84,600 - $124,700

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 all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.