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Northrop Grumman Public Relations Manager 2 (Secret Clearance Required) in Redondo Beach, California

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you'll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

The Communications function at Northrop Grumman's historic Space Park campus in Redondo Beach, CA is looking for an experienced communications professional who geeks out about all things space, and would welcome the opportunity to build a world-class external communications team that does, too.

As the External Communications Manager, you'll lead a team of eight communicators tasked with planning and executing public relations, public affairs, executive communications, thought leadership, editorial & content marketing, and business communications for NG's Strategic Space Solutions Division (SSSD.) The role reports to the Director of Communications and is a member of the Communications leadership team.


  • Work with the Director of Communications and the Employee Communications & Marketing Communications managers to develop and implement a programmatic, integrated approach to all internal and external communications activities

  • Develop and manage all aspects of SSSD's external communications strategy in support of business, sector and corporate objectives

  • Manage a team tasked with delivering omni-channel communications plans that include all aspects of modern communications strategies, including: audience segmentation & targeting; public relations & media engagement; editorial & content marketing; customer & influencer engagement; advertising; organic & paid digital and social media promotion; tradeshow & event engagement

  • Manage the Executive Communications/Thought Leadership lead and Public Affairs leads, and ensure all related activities align with overall external communications campaigns and business goals

  • Lead the creation and implementation of a strategy to create close connections with members of the media, influencers, and industry think tanks, with the goal of increasing earned media coverage and placing our executives in high-profile media & thought leadership engagements

  • Lead performance measurement and metrics reporting for external communications activities, and ensure all activities are designed to be measured

  • Ensure all external communications work products are quality controlled and meet business, sector and corporate standards

  • Enable your team to achieve predictable and balanced results, while satisfying the needs of internal and external partners

  • Ensure your team has the information, tools and resources needed to do their best work

  • Treat all people with respect, and model personal growth and continuous development

  • Build and maintain an inclusive environment that attracts, retains, and inspires a diverse and engaged team

  • Budget management for all external communications activities

  • Day-to-day management of External Communications team members, including timekeeping, coaching and mentorship, mid-year and annual performance reviews, training, and staff development

  • Interact with and manage workflow to/from all external agency and service partners

  • Maintain brand voice and emphasize Northrop Grumman's culture and values in all external communications efforts

  • Work calmly and maintain good judgment in a fast-paced and dynamic environment

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Basic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree and at least 10 years of experience as a corporate communications professional; or a Master's degree and at least 8 years of experience as a corporate communications professional

  • 3 or more years of experience in the aerospace & defense industry

  • 2 or more years of experience in a formal lead role or management

  • 2 or more years of experience in a government or military setting, or in a private sector role working with government or military customers

  • An active Secret clearance, and the ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance

  • Demonstrated ability to create and implement communications strategies for highly technical classified and unclassified products and programs

  • Ability to build, lead and develop high-performance teams

  • Drive, determination, creativity and ambition

  • Outstanding speaking, writing and presentation skills

  • Excellent time management skills

  • Highly organized and detail-oriented

  • Ability to work independently while managing multiple deliverables

  • Highly skilled at delivering and receiving constructive feedback

  • A portfolio of material that demonstrates a mastery of writing and communication planning

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, SharePoint and OneDrive

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

  • Domestic and international travel may be required

About Us:

Our team is responsible for all internal and external communications activities supporting the Strategic Space Systems division of Northrop Grumman's Space Systems business, including:

  • Employee & Site Communications

  • Public Relations & Media Engagement

  • Marketing, Advertising & Branding

  • Public Affairs

  • Executive Communications

  • Thought Leadership

  • Editorial & Content Production

  • Proposal Design & Content

  • Animation, Videography, Photography & Graphic Design

  • Events, Trade Shows & Presentation Facilities

  • The "Space in Motion" On-Site Museum

We're more concerned with the quality and timeliness of your work than where you do it, so we're fine with remote work on a regular basis. But you'll also need to be on site when necessary, so all candidates must reside in the area.

If you read all of the above and think this would be an awesome opportunity, apply and consider joining our team!

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 : Communications