Stakeholder Strategic Communications LeadFalls Church, 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.

The Stakeholder Strategic Communications Lead is responsible for working across our company teams to develop, plan, execute, and measure integrated, strategic customer communication efforts in support of business priorities. Your communications expertise and knowledge of the national security and Congressional environments will be vital as you help to position the company as an innovation and technology leader in aerospace and defense.Working within our matrixed organization, the Stakeholder Strategic Communications Lead must be able to advise and guide a wide range of partners across our company.

This position will be located in Falls Church, VA with some flexibility for a hybrid remote schedule. Teleworking arrangements are subject to change based on the needs of the business.

  • Support the customer communications manager in the strategic and tactical execution of developing strategic approaches to customer communications and advocacy, customer networking and relationship building, messaging development and alignment with government stakeholders, proactive crisis strategy and strategic opportunity identification

  • Lead the customer communications team's support to business priorities across the enterprise, delivering strategic counsel, serving as a customer liaison and networking support

  • Work in partnership with communicators across the portfolio to direct, prepare and position company-wide subject matter experts for strategic communications opportunities across channels

  • Plan integrated advocacy engagements to address enterprise and business priorities. Lead cross-functional and cross-business teams to execute engagements in partnership with program communicators.

  • Incorporate key customer and stakeholder priority messages into enterprise messaging guidance. Develop actionable communication tactics to bring messages to life at major milestone events, to include major tradeshows, both domestic and international. Partner with program communicators to execute tactics.

  • Support development, execution and measurement strategy for customer communications plans, collaborating with program teams across the enterprise and driving messaging alignment

  • Prepare and share regular results and metrics on integrated communications efforts at a variety of levels within the company and use those results to evolve strategies and approaches to achieve communications and business goals

  • Maintain comprehensive database of customers, stakeholders and influencers across key programs. Identify strategic engagement opportunities and partner with program communicators to build tailored advocacy plans with communication tactics that resonate with customers.

  • Monitor congressional defense authorization and appropriation cycle to inform effective engagement timelines for program communications.

  • Stay informed on customer news, industry news and flag issues and trends for appropriate internal stakeholders

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree and minimum of 10 years of media relations, communications, public relations or public affairs for a medium- to large-sized organization OR Master's degree and minimum of 8 years of media relations, communications, public relations or public affairs for a medium- to large-sized organization

  • Demonstrated knowledge in the development, deployment and activation of strategic media & communication campaigns with measurable business impact

  • Experience in technology, aerospace, defense or other science-related business or government field

  • Communications expertise and knowledge of the National Security, Congressional environments and Capitol Hill are very important

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a large, matrixed and/or geographically dispersed organization; U.S. Government experience strongly preferred.

  • Experience developing productive relationships with senior government offices and staff

  • Sound judgment in decision making and leadership actions with proven abilities to drive change through creative methods, ideas and approaches


Salary Range: $109,900 - $164,900

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.