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Northrop Grumman Sr. Principal Supply Chain Subcontract Specialist in McLean, Virginia

Discover careers that change the world and further advancements in defense, technology, and engineering today at Northrop Grumman. Use your experience to grow your career and support our global customers with the technology, systems, and solutions they need to enable their missions on the front lines and secure our world every day. With Northrop Grumman, you will discover a culture built on diversity, respect, and above all teamwork. Together with our group of experts across the technical spectrum, you will discover opportunities to make a difference in our world and start solving some of the world's most critical problems in the most innovative ways.

Join a diverse workforce engaged in supporting large and challenging national defense programs that secure our nation and its allies. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to act as Senior Principal Subcontracts Specialist for subcontracting actions on a wide range of fairly complex contractual and business issues, to include all subcontract types. The successful candidate will possess a solid understanding of government contracting regulations and be prepared to perform as part of a subcontracts team on multiple domestic and international program execution and proposal efforts. The position will be based in McLean, Virginia or Fairfax, VA , and will support a portfolio of Defense and Intelligence Agency programs with varying size and complexity.


  • Participates in strategic sourcing decisions, non-disclosure agreements, teaming agreements, and subcontract execution

  • Prepares requests for proposals consistent with customer solicitations, federal statutes and regulations, and enterprise policies and procedures

  • Evaluates proposal submissions, identifies risk and mitigation strategies, develops negotiation plans and negotiating, and prepares subcontract files in compliance with Northrop Grumman values, policies, procedures, and practices

  • Collaborates with program management and other multi-functional teams

  • Multi-tasks, making decisions in a timely manner, and displays strong interpersonal skills

  • Has a general knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) / Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) and associated Federal Contracting regulations and works in a fast-paced environment

  • Delivers status reports, reacts to urgent requirements, applies supply chain knowledge and experience to successfully navigate high pace and high level expectations

  • Educates Program team and suppliers on processes, capabilities, policy, FAR/DFARS, and basic subcontracting principles

Must be able to present to various audiences and higher-level leadership without reservation


Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have one of the following:

  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 10 years of progressive subcontracts/procurement experience

  • Master's degree with a minimum of 8 years of progressive subcontracts/procurement experience

  • Direct DoD procurement and subcontracting experience; proficiency with services, labor, travel, and Other Direct Cost (ODC) solicitations, justifications and awards

  • Must be familiar, comfortable and confident with high-paced task order/project requirements and quick-turn actions

  • Strong organizational skills, as well as excellent oral and written communications

  • Ability to work with little supervision and apply sound judgment to problem solving required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active DoD Secret security clearance or higher

  • MBA and/or CPCM, CFCM

  • Experience supporting proposals with multiple supplier/partners

  • High proficiency in MS Office; including Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Experience with SAP Procurement & Accounting System

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