Vehicle Engineering Program Director 1 (Strike)Palmdale, CA

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 is seeking a Vehicle Engineering Program Director 1. This leadership position is located in Palmdale, CA and will report to the Director of Vehicle Engineering for the Aeronautics Sector . This position will provide program leadership to a restricted Strike multi-discipline Production Engineering team located in Palmdale, CA and supporting remote locations.

The Director's responsibilities include providing strategic and operational leadership for the Strike Production Engineering team. The position duties and responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide Production Engineering team strategy and execution (cost, schedule, technical, quality, risk and opportunity management, forecasting)

  • Effective communication and collaboration between the Production Engineering team and all other teams within the Build IPT to ensure overall program success

  • Act as customer interface for technical and execution matters related to the Production Engineering team

  • Bid and proposal support of supplemental work related to the Build IPT

  • Lead Production Engineering MRB process improvement and operational efficiency efforts

  • Collaboration and partnership with the Vehicle Engineering Functional Homeroom Director to ensure successful execution of the Production Engineering team's staffing requirements, processes, tools, and training needs

  • Work well with a team and possess exceptional written and oral communication skills, including executive reviews and presentations

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:

  • Bachelor's degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline and 14 years of Aerospace experience; OR Master's degree in a STEM discipline and 12 years of Aerospace experience, OR Ph.D. in a STEM discipline and 9 years of Aerospace experience

  • Demonstrated ability to plan, estimate, organize, integrate, and manage technical activities and organizations in a fast-paced, high-performing contractor/government environment with quantifiable results and accomplishments

  • Experience leading an engineering team within a fast-paced, manufacturing environment

  • Cost Account Management (CAM) training/certification completion

  • Demonstrated discipline in meeting cost and schedule targets for technically complex work

  • Must be familiar with Cost-Plus and Fixed Price development and integration

  • Active DoD Secret (or higher) clearance (with a background investigation within the past 6 years or enrolled into Continuous Evaluation)

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain special access program (SAP) clearance prior to start of employment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in creating presentations and briefing executive leadership

  • Experience interfacing with a DoD customer

  • Ability to collaborate within a team and across team environments

  • Ability to prioritize and adjust tasks to accomplish desired results

  • Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities and/or accomplishing them simultaneously

  • Ability to comprehend and analyze complex problems and develop solutions

Salary Range: $209,600 - $314,400

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.