Principal Subcontract Specialist

    • McLean, VA

Are you interested in expanding your career through experience and exposure, all while supporting a mission that seeks to ensure the security of our nation and its allies? If so, then Northrop Grumman is the place for you. As a leading global security company, we provide innovative systems, products and solutions to our customers worldwide. We are comprised of diverse professionals that bring different perspectives and ideas, understanding that the more experiences we bring to our work the more innovative we can be. As we continue to build our workforce, we look for people that exemplify our core values, leadership characteristics, and approach to innovation.

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 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, and will support a portfolio of Department of Defense (DoD) and/or U.S. Federal 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


Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have one of the following:
    • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 6 years of progressive subcontracts/procurement experience
    • Master's degree with a minimum of 4 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
  • Must be able to work on-site in McLean, Virginia

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active DoD Secret security clearance or higher
  • 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.

A leading global security company, Northrop Grumman provides innovative products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber security, and complex logistics to government and commercial clients.

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