Manufacturing Operations Manager 3 - ATS Lanham, MD

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 Enabling Products Business Unit is seeking a Manufacturing Operations Manager 3 as a Value Stream Owner, VSO for our (ATS) Advanced Technology Solutions Value Stream in Lanham, MD.

Advanced Technology Solutions (ATS), located in Lanham Maryland, specializes in high performance, high reliability avionics and Space Flight subsystems for Aerospace, Defense, Space, Nuclear Defense and Instrumentation applications. ATS' space products have supported more than 28 space missions over a period of 25 years. These missions stretch back to Apollo and the beginning of the US Space Program and include a large diversity of civil and military programs, including notable programs like SBIRS, X-37B, Hubble, Orbital Express, Space Station, Shuttle, Mars Lander, Astronaut EMU Suits and 20 other NASA missions including four of their early small satellites. ATS was one of the first organizations in Northrop Grumman to foresee the potential of evolving Small Satellite technologies for application within the military, civil and commercial space markets.

Job Summary:

The position of Manufacturing Operations Manager, VSO, reports directly to the Director of Operations. This position helps to develop, communicate, and implement the Business Unit and Operating Unit vision, strategy, goals and metrics to meet objectives for Safety, Quality, Delivery, Customer Satisfaction, Cost and Continuous Improvement.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Accountable to meet or exceed the safety, quality, delivery, employee and cost (SQDEC) expectations of external and internal customers.

  • Own, execute and continuously improve Daily Management processes and communicate/escalate key issues to leadership and throughout the organization.

  • Establish and perform to program budgets and schedules for all product delivery systems as well as overhead budgets for the operation, maintenance, and sustainment of the production facilities and assets.

  • Provide leadership to the Operations Leadership Team, which includes: Manufacturing Engineering, Material Control, Material Planning, and Manufacturing.

  • Develop, prioritize and execute Capital Expenditure projects/plans. Ensure projects are continuously monitored and achieve performance/quality, delivery, and budget commitments.

  • Own ATS Operations resource management, escalation, and prioritization.

  • Ensure cross-training and development programs are developed.

  • Create an environment of trust and transparency.

  • Continuously improve products, processes, systems and services through the application of lean concepts, best practices and ideas.

  • Support customer proposals through delegation participation and approval; ensure management team provides basis of estimates for labor and schedule durations.

  • Ensure all production and operational aspects of the department are conducted in accordance with the Company's Quality Management System and maintain AS9100 Certification.

  • Maintain facility compliance to federal, state and local mandates with respect to environmental regulations and employee safety.

  • Build strong and open relationships with customers, OU and BU leaders, employees, and functional support groups.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Business and a minimum of 10 years related experience in manufacturing, engineering, and/or program management

  • Minimum of 5 years of production plant management or cross-functional leadership team experience

  • Proven skills/experience building high performing cross-functional teams and culture to achieve operational excellence and meet the expectations of internal and external customers

  • Ability to strengthen workforce skills in LEAN/Continuous Improvement experience and root cause problem solving

  • Ability to formulate, communicate and execute complex project plans and initiatives - Strong business and financial acumen, including: capital and talent budgeting and estimate-at-completion (EAC) and Operations Review process understanding

  • Excellent interpersonal and critical thinking skills. Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of leadership, shop floor employees, and support function employees

  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel & PowerPoint)

  • Commitment to positive employee relations, ethics and compliance.

  • Understanding of AS9100/ISO 9001, Six Sigma and Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Product-area technical experience is preferred.

Salary Range: $132,200 - $198,400

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 health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority . The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 .

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.

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