Modernization Lead (active DoD Secret clearance )Roy, UT

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Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking a Modernization Lead to join our diverse team of professionals based out of our Roy, UT location working on the Sentinel program.

Northrop Grumman was awarded a contract for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Sentinel program in September 2020. A program of mega-project scale, competitive flexibility and digital transformation are key to delivering a weapon system that will continue to evolve to outpace the threat and achieve and be affordably maintained and sustained over the expected 75+ year life. The Sentinel program modernizes nearly every facet of the land leg of the nuclear triad, including:

  • Developing a new intercontinental ballistic missile, including guidance, three stages of propulsion, payload reentry system and building 600+ missiles (400 deployed + spares for testing).

  • Completely refurbishing 450 buried launch facilities (silos) spread across ~39,000 square miles in five different states.

  • Developing, building, and populating launch centers, similar to heritage missile alert facilities, at the three missile wings.

  • Fielding new communications infrastructure and building/consolidating hundreds of support facilities, including for security, training, maintenance, and testing.

The role of the Modernization Lead is to ensure that Sentinel continually delivers new technologies and capabilities to the USG Customer and warfighters. This challenging position is critical to the viability of the Sentinel weapon system and helps drive long-term weapon system capability, affordability and availability. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and maintain the Sentinel Modernization Plan.

  • Perform long-range planning and technology insertion analysis in collaboration with Segment Advanced Planning Leads.

  • Partner with multiple functions including but not limited to Segment Advanced Planning Leads, Division Advanced Programs, other NG Sectors, Industry Partners, and USG Customer.

  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with USG Customer and Industry partners.

  • Communicate and update plans, progress, and projections regularly throughout modernization and sustainment lifecycle to Program Leadership.

  • Lead investment and capital allocation planning for Sentinel portfolio investments - drive processes to identify and prioritize investments and capital requests that are aligned with program strategy and gaps.

  • Develop and manage multi-year investment portfolio to achieve modernization plan including developing candidates for technology gap funding within the program and advocate for those resources.

  • Lead what-if scenario analysis in collaboration with Segment Advanced Planning Leads including modeling, simulation and analysis (MS&A) to feed technology roadmap and support investment portfolio.

  • Support new business initiatives including competitive and sole-source proposals.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Science in STEM discipline and 9 years of experience or Master's degree and 7 years of experience.

  • Experience supporting U.S. Government contracts and customers and/or project management in other highly regulated industries.

  • Minimum five (5) years of program leadership, systems engineering, strategy and/or capture role.

  • Experience in major proposals and/or captures and/or technology development efforts.

  • Experience leading across product teams.

  • The ability to deliver, manage, and present communications (written/oral)with stakeholders through organized processes to ensure program information is defined, collected, shared, understood, stored and retrieved in a manner that effectively meets program and stakeholder needs.

  • Experience independently assessing complex problems and decomposing into a plan of action while coordinating across a large and diverse team of technical and schedule/business SMEs.

  • Proven and effective executive-level briefing, writing and organizational skills.

  • Must have an active and current DoD Secret clearance and be SAP clearable.

  • US Citizenship is a prerequisite.

  • Ability to travel domestically, up to 25% of the time.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven experience leading the development and execution of an Modernization Plan for a $100M+ enterprise.

  • Experience related to ICBM technologies and products.

  • Direct experience interfacing with a diverse group of stakeholders and customers.

  • Strategic thinker, skilled communicator, with negotiation capabilities.

  • Able to analyze and synthesize business, programmatic and technical challenges into a cohesive picture.

  • Action-oriented, self-starter, with an ability to lead through influence.

  • DoD Top Secret clearance.

Salary Range: $141,900 - $212,900

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.

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