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Northrop Grumman Director Programs 1 in Plymouth, Minnesota

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems and technology that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of 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 are making history.


Northrop Grumman Defense Systems Sector, Weapons Systems Division, Missile Products Business Unit is seeking a Director Program Management to lead Program Managers who identify, capture, develop, and execute new and follow-on business. The position is physically located in Plymouth, Minnesota in partnership with the Rocket Center, West Virginia (ABL) team.

This leader of this exciting and challenging role will be responsible for the leadership of all Air Launched Weapons programs which includes:

  • Functional leadership of PMs, assignment of resources to programs, and oversight and execution of all Program Management processes across Air Launched Weapons whose key customers are Navy, Air Force, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin

  • Development of long term growth strategies for Air Launched Weapons throughout the program lifecycle

  • Development of product and technology road maps

  • Focus on developing increased customer intimacy for the customer base

  • Management of discretionary resources related to the Air Launched portfolio

  • Program execution of existing programs including P&L management

  • Serve as liaison between the Fuze and Warhead team in Rocket Center, WV

  • Ensure all programs are executed in a manner that meets or exceeds Northrop Grumman yearly financial goals and customer requirements

  • Proactively create, cultivate, and enhance relationships with current and potential customers, including prime contractors, and government laboratories to identify new business opportunities

  • Oversee the preparation of new and follow-on proposals and aid program/proposal managers (both at ABL and Plymouth) in understanding the risks and consequences of the bid/proposal process

  • Manage discretionary budget as assigned

  • Grow the Fuze and Warhead portfolio to drive profitable revenue growth

  • Support the expansion of the Fuze and Warhead Operating Unit area into international markets

  • Hire, train, develop, and supervise a motivated team of Program Managers

  • Support the development of program management and project control processes and procedures


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • 10+ years of relevant experience

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to travel approximately 25% to forge customer relationships and grow the business

  • Ability to obtain a Secret Clearance which requires US Citizenship as a pre-requisite

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in STEM

  • Direct work experience with the Department of Defense Government and Major Prime Contractors (Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin)

  • The candidate should have a history of versatile and dynamic leadership and possess the ability to forge strong customer and teammate relationships and to build, maintain, and motivate a high performance execution team

  • Candidate should be a strong collaborator with the ability to work across multiple areas within Northrop Grumman and be comfortable navigating a matrixed environment

  • Ability to advocate and influence government developmental acquisition plans and create new business capture strategies

  • Ability to proactively identify and mitigate risks while operating in a demanding, high-paced environment with minimal supervision

  • Understanding of export/import control rules and regulations such as ITAR, EAR FAR, DFAR, etc.

Northrop Grumman is on the move. We have the people, strategy, agility, and products to thrive in a highly dynamic national security and space environment. If you are a dynamic, successful, driven professional, Northrop Grumman is the company that will further your experience and career growth.

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems Business Unit is an industry leader in ammunition, precision and strike weapons, missile-warning solutions, and tactical rocket motors across air, sea and land-based systems. We are the largest U.S. producer of small-caliber ammunition, as well as a leading producer of medium- and large-caliber ammunition and medium-caliber gun systems. Northrop Grumman Defense Systems also develops advanced capabilities for missile-defense interceptors, fuzing and warheads, weaponized special-mission aircraft, and propulsion/controls.

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. 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. Learn about Northrop Grumman Total Rewards and Benefits.

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.

Job Category : Program Management