Manager Quality Engineering 1 Charlottesville, VA

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.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) is looking for a Manager, Program Mission Assurance 1 to join the Quality and Mission Excellence (QME) functional team providing support to the Maritime Systems and Integration (MS&I) Operating Unit (OU) in Charlottesville, VA .

The MS&I Operating Unit delivers industry leading navigation and C4ISR solutions to our Naval and Maritime customers.

At the Charlottesville, VA campus, this role leads a team of quality engineering professionals responsible for ensuring quality outcomes at all phases of program execution. This may include defining and monitoring quality management plans and processes to ensure mission success of programs. Performing or assuring quality, compliance, risk management, safety, reliability and maintainability of program deliverables, subcontractors, and suppliers in accordance with contractual requirements. Assessing program performance and risks and determining resources to ensure mission success.

This role represents Quality and Mission Excellence to program leadership and internal and external customers. Interfaces with the program office to ensure adequate staffing and support. Establishes and implements strategies and tactics to drive affordability and long-term improvement.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Supporting the OU Directors and their portfolio of Programs to ensure program effectiveness.

  • Participation and monitoring of the Business Development process (proposals and writing of basis of estimates (BoE).

  • Interfacing with customers to build trusted relationships and work through challenges.

  • Directing and coordinating mission assurance functional disciplines,

  • Functionally managing a team of 8-12 across multiple Programs, including training, professional development, staffing, and performance evaluation.

  • Establishing and maintaining a budget for your MA staff to include budget for various certifications and training required including but not limited to IPC workmanship standards, NASA workmanship standards, Welding NDT, CMMi and internal auditing.

  • Overseeing the proper implementation and execution of Continuous Improvement programs.

  • Creating effective partnership across all the client leadership teams: Engineering, Manufacturing, Supply Chain as well as the Profit and Loss Organizations.

  • Setting the strategy to meet customer's expectations, regularly communicating program status. Assuring compliance in quality, risk management, safety, process improvement, subcontractors and supplier quality in accordance with contractual requirements.

  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with various Site Leadership personnel to identify and mitigate quality concerns.

This position requires a dedication to ethics and integrity, and the capability to innovate while challenging traditional ways of doing business. Excellent verbal and written interpersonal skills are required.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree within a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics discipline from an accredited college with a minimum 7 years of relevant experience; (5 years with a Masters)

  • Experience generating basis of estimates

  • Demonstrable knowledge of software development methods and Systems Engineering practices

  • Extensive technical expertise to solve complex problems without appreciable direction

  • Broad experience in root cause and corrective action investigations

  • Strong communication and conflict resolution skills

  • Ability to obtain a Secret clearance

  • US citizenship required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Possess an ACTIVE Secret clearance

  • Five (5)+ years in a leadership position

  • Demonstrable knowledge of Earned Value Management principles

  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate software work products (CMMI certification and/or Agile SAFe certification)

  • Experience in hardware prototyping and transitioning to a production environment

  • ISO9001/AS9100 auditing experience and/or auditor training

  • Familiarity with ISO 9001 / AS9100 Quality Management System certification process

  • Experience supporting proposals

This position may provide relocation assistance. Up to 10% travel may be required.


Salary Range: $87,900 - $131,900

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.

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.