Northrop Grumman Mgr Mission Assurance 3 in Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Sector is seeking a Manager, Mission Assurance 3 to lead our team of qualified, diverse individuals located in Rolling Meadows, IL. The Mission Assurance Manager provides the required independent quality oversight for the respective system designs, product builds, testing, integration and support required for the Air Warfare Systems Business Unit it serves for the Land and Avionics CRISR Division within the Mission Systems Sector. The Mission Assurance Manager reports to the Division Mission Assurance Director. As a key leader, partner and essential member of the Land and Avionics C4ISR leadership team, the Mission Assurance Manager will lead a high performing Quality team and will be responsible for executing, monitoring and reporting on the health and quality of products and services. The qualified candidate will have demonstrated success leading broad organizations within cost and schedule while achieving a high level of employee engagement. The position requires a solution-based orientation, unwavering ethics and values, and the demonstrated ability to be a trusted partner. Candidates must demonstrate a proven track record of solving complex problems through systematic and objective evaluation of information resulting in effective communication, championing, and implementation of change with a diverse set of internal and external customers and suppliers. Drives and implements industry practices and strategies to predict where Mission Assurance and Quality functions and work products will evolve.

This position has significant senior leadership influence, acts as thought leader and requires a candidate with strong executive presence and decision-making skills with the ability to lead in an environment of ambiguity and continuous

change. This position has significant executive level reporting as well as required administrative reporting.

The ideal candidate will have a strong knowledge of developing and implementing Quality Management Systems across the Program Life-Cycle along with a broad knowledge of end-to-end program lifecycles in a DOD environment and hands-on experience managing the quality processes in every phase of a technical program from proposal activities through delivery and site installations of systems. The candidate shall have the ability to integrate, engage and lead a quality team to perform at a top level of performance while driving improvement in the team dynamics. The candidate will be expected to drive quality processes throughout the entire organization along with leveraging their experience/background to bring alternative ideas/solutions to drive continuous improvement of business processes. The candidate will be required to have strong collaboration skills, demonstrated capability to partner cross-IPTs/cross-discipline/cross-function. Ability to develop and present tactical and strategic executive material outside the immediate work function are desired.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Leads operations for the Mission Assurance function inclusive to administration of budgets, schedules, and performance standards as well as leading proposal efforts for the Mission Assurance team.

  • Assures compliance in quality, risk management, safety, process improvement, and subcontractor and supplier quality in accordance with contractual requirements and drives forward early predictive indicators of risk.

  • Leverages comprehensive metrics, customer and employee feedback to assess program performance and risks, and determines resources to ensure mission success.

  • Sets the strategy to meet customer's expectations, regularly communicates program status. Provides situational awareness and executive level communication both internally and externally.

  • Promotes the professional development of the Mission Assurance workforce and fosters a collaborative culture that sustains the momentum around employee engagement and inclusion, affordability, innovation, value growth and continuous improvement.

  • Provides clear assignments, helps employees connect their efforts to the bigger picture, creates an inclusive work environment characterized by mutual respect and the valuing of differences, and builds a culture that motivates employees to their highest levels of performance. Influences Leadership development with the focus on strong succession planning and strategic leadership movement and partners with Business leaders to build the leadership depth that supports our Quality Succession Planning process. Supports the Business Acquisition Process by participating in proposal reviews, assessing program start-up readiness, and providing status of proposal activities.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in an engineering, technical, or other related discipline

  • 5+ years of experience in managing individual contributors and Managers

  • 10 years of experience in disciplines such as quality, program management, engineering and manufacturing

  • Demonstrated understanding of the program / product lifecycle in the areas of new business pursuit, design, supply chain management, receiving operations, inventory control, production control, product test & evaluation, reliability, root cause analysis, product sell off, shipping and product support as they apply to quality.

  • U.S. citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with ISO 9001 / AS9100 Quality Management System certification process.

  • BS Degree in an engineering discipline with Master's degree in an engineering or management field.

  • Systems Engineering experience

  • Defense Industry experience as a Program or Project Manager, Quality Manager, Engineering Manager or Manufacturing Management

  • Lean / Six Sigma Green or Black Belt certification to drive continuous improvement.

  • Well versed in the principles of Earned Value Management.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply strong analytical skills.

  • Current, active Secret Clearance, or higher or ability to acquire a Department of Defense Top Secret clearance.

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.