Manager Tool Die Making 1Iuka, MS

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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for Tooling Manager 1 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within the Tool organization. Positions will be on site in Iuka, Mississippi .

Our tooling team designs Aerospace composite part fabrication tooling to support commercial and defense aerospace industries.

The tooling manager will be responsible for leading a team of machinists, Dimensional Control technicians, and mechanical technicians to maintain all program production tooling. The manager will direct a team of analysts and technicians that will interact with our operations departments to review and document the ongoing status of the tooling. The tooling maintenance team will work to proactively maintain the tooling to prevent out of tolerance conditions. The team will also be responsible for correcting any discrepant tooling that is found. The team will coordinate and perform annual tool maintenance and re-certifications on all tools that require annual certification. In addition to maintaining the production tooling, the team will be active in tool design reviews and provide input to tool designers to ensure that tools are maintainable once put into service.

The tooling maintenance team will inspect and implement high value composite fabrication and assembly tooling. The manager will also be responsible to support tooling proposal efforts, manage staffing and represent the department internally and with customers.

Our team enjoys a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, diverse assignments, and collaboration with internal and external customers.

We work closely with manufacturing engineers, operations, CAD designers, safety, quality and procurement. We pride ourselves in influencing new methods to improve tooling safety, cost, schedule and operational efficiency.

Travel is intermittent, not expected to exceed 10%, and typically involves visits to vendors, customer facilities and Northrop Grumman sites.

Tooling Manager Job Duties:

  • Lead, provide oversight and guidance to ensure program objectives relative to tooling maintenance technical, quality, cost, schedule, and customer satisfaction requirements are met.

  • Manage tooling repairs in a timely manner.

  • Interface with internal and external customers; provide status and forecast of tooling maintenance cost and delivery.

  • Identify and develop staffing/skill requirements, forecasts, and training plans.

  • Develop, maintain, and update departmental procedures relative to the tooling life cycle, from proposal to implementation.

  • Develop and maintain, tooling annual certification processes for mastering to tools and properly documenting all maintenance activities.

  • Develop long-range plans and strategies to provide operationally efficient and affordable tooling products and services to fruition - continuous improvement.

  • Coordinate with tooling maintenance for any damaged tooling that is identified during tool movement.

  • Coordinate incoming tool shipments with tool engineering, procurement, and the shipping department.

  • Perform program required tooling location data compliance audits.

  • Identify and develop staffing/skill requirements, forecasts, and training plans.

  • Develop, maintain, and update departmental procedures relative to the tooling life cycle, from proposal to implementation.

  • Collaborate with other Aeronautics Systems Sector Tooling Management to develop consistent process and procedures to help drive affordability and ensure the deployment of best practices across the sector.

We offer flexible work arrangements, 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off, phenomenal learning opportunities, educational assistance, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly team environment. We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to help us grow our services and become even better at what we do.

As a leader, you always act with integrity, and the highest ethical standards characterize everything you do. You enable your team to achieve predictable and balanced results, while satisfying the needs of internal and external partners. You treat all people with respect, and you model personal growth and continuous development. You know how to build an inclusive environment that attracts, retains, and inspires a diverse and engaged team. You develop trusted and valued customer relationships and communicate effectively, so that people throughout the organization feel engaged and connected to their work. You deliver excellence, strive for continuous improvement and respond vigorously to change.

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED and 4 years of relevant professional experience in tooling fabrication, manufacturing, asset control, production planning, or tooling maintenance.

  • 1 year of experience leading teams or projects.

  • Ability to prioritize and adjust tasks to accomplish the project result and collaborate in a team environment.

  • Experience in Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret Security Clearance and Special Program access within a reasonable timeframe as determined by the company to meet its business needs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active DoD Secret Security Clearance

  • Current Special Program Access

  • Previous Supervisory and Management experience in managing maintenance groups, large projects, with an emphasis on tooling, manufacturing, assembly.

  • Aerospace or Aviation Industry experience managing tool fabrication organizations, tooling fabrication shops, and tooling procurement.

  • Project management, communication, and presentation skills

What We Offer:

At Northrop Grumman, we are on the cutting edge of innovation -- building the next generation of sophisticated aircraft to protect our country. Our diverse portfolio of programs means there are endless paths to cultivate your career. We are well-known for our inclusive, family environment, phenomenal learning opportunities, and exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers. We also offer exceptional benefits/healthcare, a great 401K matching program, and 14 Employee Resource Groups inclusive of all employees!

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.

Salary Range: $85,500 - $128,300

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.