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Northrop Grumman Program Manager 2 - Science & Robotic Exploration Operating Unit in Dulles, Virginia

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.

Northrop Grumman's Space Systems sector is looking for a Program Manager 2 to support the Science & Robotic Exploration Operating Unit within the Civil Commercial Satellite Business Unit based in our Dulles, Va. facility. This position will support the Sector's NASA and NOAA customers. A successful candidate works well in a fast paced environment and enjoys the opportunity to define possible.

The primary objective will be the delivery of all contractual requirements on cost and on schedule, while achieving all technical requirements and creating customer intimacy to support value creation strategies and actions. The individual will lead a cross-functional organization aligned to common program performance goals.

Program Managers are responsible for leading all phases of the program life cycle from inception (studies, trades & proposal development) through startup, execution, and completion (contract closeout). Primary responsibilities are the management of cost, schedule, and technical performance of company programs or subsystems and include, but are not limited to:

  • Cultivating customer relationships and intimacy to develop further opportunities within the customer community

  • Developing new business opportunities through long term strategic planning, capture planning, and development of proposals and business plans

  • Establishing a program organization that effectively addresses customer requirements and incorporates the necessary internal and external sub-organizations

  • Leading and directing cross-functional Integrated Program Teams (IPT) to meet program cost, schedule and technical performance objectives

  • Measuring and reporting program performance

  • Delivering presentations to customers, executive management and other program stakeholders

  • Participating in the negotiation of contracts, contract changes, specifications, operating budgets, schedule milestones, and key terms and conditions

  • Establishing design concepts, criteria, and engineering efforts for product research, development, integration and test

  • Creation, review and finalization of the program Statement of Work

  • Identification, distribution, tracking, and completion of program requirements

  • Establishment and management of the program and subordinate baselines

  • Development and adherence to budget baselines utilizing Earned Value Management (EVM) or similar cost & schedule control methodologies and tools

  • Identifying, allocating and managing program resources, including workforce planning

  • Managing Government/customer supplied property or information (GFE, CFE, etc.)

  • Managing suppliers to meet program objectives

  • Adherence to all internal processes, policies, and applicable industry standards

  • Ensuring program team understands and adheres to contract scope, and manages change through control board activities

  • Development and adherence to master plans and schedules

  • Conducting thorough risk & opportunity management practices including identification, mitigation and realization


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) or higher in Systems or Aerospace Engineering or related field + 10 years of relevant experience - to include relevant experience as an individual contributor, and team leadership experience

  • Excellent communication skills, presentation experience and the ability to work with a diverse community of engineers and managers to achieve the programmatic and technical goals

  • History of direct customer interaction at the Program Management level

  • Technical experience in systems engineering, integration of space systems, with a broad understanding of complex and deep space observatories

  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, MS Project, and PowerPoint

  • Domestic travel is regularly required (25-50%), and periodically international travel (note: dependent on COVID phasing)

  • Ability to obtain a Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in technical or business management

  • Self-Starter with excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills

  • Extensive program/product/subsystem management experience with strong technical and operations background

  • Prior experience on the NASA/NOAA civil programs

  • Space and/or satellite systems experience

  • Active Secret clearance.

  • Experience managing an R&D portfolio

  • PMP Certification

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 : Program Management