Manufacturing Operations Manager 2 - Special ProgramsEast Hartford, CT

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AOA Xinetics (AOX), a wholly owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division Strategic Business Unit, designs, develops, and manufactures precision, advanced optical products and systems for the U.S. Government, and defense Intelligence, ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance), and Directed Energy. We are seeking a seeking a Manufacturing Operations Manager 2, as the Special Programs Value Stream Leader in East Hartford, CT.

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Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Manufacturing Operations Manager 2 for the Special Programs Value Stream is accountable for complete operational execution, from contract award through delivery to internal and external customers, for all Special Programs manufacturing activity.

Successful candidates will clearly demonstrate strong leadership skills to achieve a sustainable top performance. They will have a track record as an effective communicator and problem solver who is able to develop and maintain good working relationships with internal and external stakeholders and customers. This candidate will demonstrate a commitment to ethics, integrity, and the capability to innovate while challenging traditional ways of doing business.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the complete special programs manufacturing and manufacturing engineering effort, including production plans for all assembly and functional testing activities along with manufacturing engineering activities, tools, fixturing, and assembly process documentation.

  • Accountable to meet or exceed the operations safety, quality, delivery, employee, and cost (SQDEC) expectations of internal and external customers across all AOX special programs supported by manufacturing operations. Ownership and accountability for effective hand-offs through all functional and process center areas. Own, execute and continuously improve daily management processes and communicate/escalate key issues to leadership and throughout the organization.

  • Maintain and assist in continued development of operations model and value stream organizational design. Evaluate and implement AOX and business unit operations and product best practices. Implement and maintain operations daily management standards, standard business systems and tools, and align improvement focus with engineering and programs teams.

  • Collaborate and coordinate with master scheduling, other product value streams, process centers, functional leaders (manufacturing engineering, quality, production planning and material control) and business support functions (program managers, finance, contracts, and human resources) to achieve product and site goals via sharing of resources, tools, equipment, and processes.

  • Accountable to meet AOX manufacturing rates and manage overhead and direct labor yield (DLY) rates.

  • Develop value stream hiring plans, onboarding, retention, and training plans in support of business needs.

  • Identify and develop business cases for capital project plans to support of value stream execution and growth, in collaboration with programs and engineering functions, and ensure continuous monitoring of projects and achieve performance/quality, delivery, and budget commitments.

  • Own manufacturing operations resource management, escalation, prioritization, and conflict resolution decisions.

  • Strengthen the operations team through "develop and deploy" operations strategies, providing coaching and personnel development with an intense focus on ownership of leadership and employee development, ensuring disciplined approaches are defined and executed.

  • Continuously review processes and procedures to ensure compliance and identify opportunities for improvement across all areas of the value stream.

  • Support customer proposals through generation of estimates, identification of operational risks, and identification of resource conflicts to ensure defendable basis of estimates for labor and schedule durations.

  • Support all review boards, tiger teams, RCCA investigations, deep dives, and pre-milestone reviews.

  • Serve on and participate in program MRR, PDR, CDR and TRR as required.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Associates degree with at least ten years operations, engineering, and/or program leadership experience.

  • Requires a proven track record and passion and relentless drive for achieving manufacturing and operational results, financial results, and effective and timely decision making.

  • Root cause problem solving and continuous improvement skills.

  • Technical experience in optical, mechanical, and electrical final assembly, system integration and test.

  • Knowledge and experience with executing process standards and risk management identification and mitigation.

  • Requires experience creating a culture of engagement and inclusion, continuous improvement, and teamwork.

  • US Citizenship required

  • Active Top Secret clearance, SCI eligible

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or Associate's degree in a STEM discipline and/or Business Administration

  • Experience transitioning products through the product lifecycle from development to full rate production.

  • Bachelor's degree with at least 10 years of experience in operations with a focus in laser electro-optics.

Salary Range: $125,500 - $188,300

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.