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Northrop Grumman Senior Manufacturing Manager in Devens, Massachusetts

Senior Manufacturing Manager - Devens MA

Adaptive Optics Associates - Xinetics (AOA Xinetics), a wholly-owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division Business Venture, is currently seeking a Senior Manufacturing Manager to oversee Massachusetts Manufacturing Operations in Devens MA.

AOA Xinetics (AOX) is a leader in developing 'smart' electro-optical and opto-mechanical products. Across its three Business Areas: Xinetics, Image Metrology and Special Programs, AOX designs, manufactures and services optical & photonic solutions world-wide for a wide range of customers that include U.S. Government and Defense, Industrial, Astronomy, Directed Energy and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (i.e. ISR) and Logistics.

AOX excels in a range of applications from adaptive optical systems, deformable mirrors, wavefront sensors, and sub-nanometer precision actuators to photonic systems that acquire and process data in real time for a variety of high-availability applications. AOX market offerings include lightweight passive and active CERAFORMTM and CERAPRINTTM silicon carbide (SiC) optics and precision structures as well as large and small precision opto-mechanical systems supporting electronics and sophisticated controls software.


The Senior Manufacturing Manager is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and is primarily responsible for the systematic direction of all the individual processes throughout the complete chain of activities to manufacture and deliver high-value market-leading precision devices to customers with an appropriate depth and understanding of how these processes impact the costs associated with operating a business. This position plays a key role in providing the bridge between strategic thinking and planning for the organization and the execution of activities operationally that deliver the required results for both the customer and the company. You will lead operations to maintain and develop a culture of continuous improvement by inspiring and motivating employees to perform at a high level of excellence through positive encouragement and incentive.


  • Provide leadership in all manufacturing activities including but not limited to planning, scheduling, execution and delivery of the highest quality products at the lowest possible cost

  • Participate as an active contributor to the company's Senior Leadership Team

  • Support Human Resource and Talent Acquisition company initiatives

  • Develop and mentor direct reports to ensure high performance, competence and behavior consistent with the company's values and culture

  • Lead and participate in continuous improvement initiatives within manufacturing as well as other areas of the company

  • Serves as a bridge between the Production Team and Senior Leadership Team while upholding the Strategic Objectives of the organization

  • Coordinate and direct activities throughout the entire manufacturing process

  • Coordinate and manage resources including people, material, and capital to meet future and current customer requirements

  • Must analyze and evaluate risks throughout organizational processes with appropriate contingency planning to mitigate risks

  • Ability to manage multiple product lines-requires perfect synchronization between the various production units, real-time capacity planning and ability to change schedules as required to meet the production plan

  • Manage continuous improvement with tools and techniques of Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma

  • Possess knowledge of MRP or like system particularly planning & scheduling and cost analyses

  • Practice strategic alignment, is action-driven and results-based

  • Ensure accountability of results by leading and managing a multi-cultural workforce respectfully

  • Ability to delegate responsibilities while maintaining organizational control of operations

  • Ability to build consensus and relationships among functional managers and employees while fostering exchange of ideas

  • Responsible for organizational development by building, developing, leading and managing a dedicated and competent staff

  • Represent the company locally, statewide and nationally with the highest level of professionalism

  • Is knowledgeable and competent in managing budgetary, financial and inventory matters

  • Provide customer-focused leadership across all functions

  • Practice exceptional communication skills with the ability to interact internally and



Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Manufacturing, business or related field

  • 10+ years' Manufacturing Management with Strategic Planning and Performance Management

  • 5+ years' in Manufacturing Management with start-up and small-midsize manufacturing companies

  • Working knowledge of Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma and Quality Management Systems

  • Lean Six Sigma Certification

  • Advanced Microsoft Office Skills

  • Ability to travel 10-20% of the time

  • U.S. Citizenship is a requirement for employment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Manufacturing, business or related field

  • 6+ years of demonstrated leadership experience in start-up, small to midsize high-tech production environments

  • Experience working in Defense/DoD, Aerospace, Semiconductor Fab and/or COTs product development and manufacturing

  • Experience working with optical products and adaptive optical systems

Physical Requirements:

  • May provide occasional support to East Hartford facility

  • Occasional domestic/international travel required up to 10-20% of the time

  • Ability to walk, stand and sit for extended periods of time and light physical effort required

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 : Manufacturing and Production