Northrop Grumman Manager Mechanical Engineering 3 (Department Manager) in Redondo Beach, California

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space 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're making history.

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems has an opening for a Manager Mechanical Engineering 3 (Department Manager) to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, California.

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. You ensure that your team has the information and tools needed to perform at their best. You demonstrate our committed pursuit of applying innovation to meet the requirements of our customer. You craft and execute strategies that result in sustainable value creation that delivers measurable results.

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The Infrastructure and Mechanical Integration Labs (I&MIL) department is seeking a Department Manager (Manager of Mechanical Engineering 3) to lead a team of 100-150 employees. This department is part of the Systems Integration Test and Evaluation (SIT&E) Space Park Center of Excellence within Research Technology and Engineering (RT&E).

You will be able to communicate a clear department vision and strategy in synch with parent organizations, emphasizing accountability. Department responsibilities and oversight include, but are not limited to:

  • Support to the Factory Modernization effort from conception to implementation. This includes design optimization and deployment of new technologies used during pre-production planning, production, asset tracking and scheduling, costing and financial management.

  • Management consolidation, disposition and relocation of tooling in the current warehouses. Actively participate in the effort to close C5 located in Carson by the end of 2020.

  • Area Management of SIT&E facilities using efficient and consistent practices

  • Hardware Management in support of program execution

  • MLI blanket design fabrication and installation supporting existing and new programs

  • Understanding program ordinance requirements, recommendations and research for innovative new technologies, pre-delivery validation and on-sight pre-launch finalization

  • Critical alignments and measurement of space vehicles, sub-systems and components

  • Seeking out other opportunities such as new business through active participation with Aerospace Services

Under the department manager's direction, the team is responsible for executing test plans, following process, procedures and training protocols. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Staffing to meet programs schedules

  • Training, development, goal setting, employee engagement, cross-training, succession planning and team building

  • Driving process improvements and affordability

  • Evaluating utilization costs and effective process execution

  • Coordinating with both functional and program leadership to determine equipment needs and management of capital requests

  • Maintaining and upgrading of capital assets

  • Developing and updating Documentation, procedures and written requirements

  • Participating in the Process Working Group (PWG)

  • Implementing Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), computer security and InfoSec compliance and upgrades

  • Leading direct and indirect budgets including OPM and NCTA

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  • Bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) from an accredited institution

  • Minimum of 7 years related experience

  • Current DOD secret & SSBI/SCI clearance


  • 5 years of experience in functional management of exempt and non-exempt employees

  • Master's degree in a STEM field or MBA

  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to travel as required (minimal)

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.