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Northrop Grumman Vehicle Structures and Materials & Properties (VSMP) Department Manager - 3 in El Segundo, California

At Northrop Grumman we develop cutting-edge technology that preserves freedom and advances human discovery. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We continue to innovate with developments from launching the first commercial flight to space, to discovering the early beginnings of the universe. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems (NGAS) is seeking a Vehicle Structures and Materials & Processes (VSMP) Department Manager to join our Aeronautics Engineering Organization. This position reports to the Director of Engineering for Aeronautics in Redondo Beach, CA.

In this role, you are responsible for providing the people, processes and tools to meet the current and future VSMP needs of the Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) within Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems (NGAS). VSMP covers the following disciplines and subordinate skills: vehicle structural layout, design and analysis for air vehicles, materials and materials processes characterization, analysis and test for air vehicles.

The successful candidate will build a culture that empowers and motivates team performance, and will establish functional shared accountability with the programs and new business pursuits we support.

The Manager of VSMP shall execute the following charter:

  • Provide the technical and people leadership needed to establish and maintain a World Class VSMP organization across multiple programs.

  • Work closely with the programs, senior engineers, and section managers to define and implement the department strategies, ensure successful planning and execution of program activities, solicit and fulfill program staffing needs, set Talent+ goals and provide performance feedback, support the annual Salary Review Planning process, plan for future program skill mix requirements, mentor and develop the next generation of leadership, serve as focal point for training needs.

  • Manage the capital assets and indirect budgets required for the AC disciplines to perform their IPT statements of work.

  • Provide functional oversight for VSMP across NGAS including independent technical reviews of major IPTs. Establish and maintain the VSMP - specific processes and design manuals for NGAS programs.

  • Facilitate and promote Affordability, Knowledge Management, and other process improvement initiatives including the instantiation of metrics covering engineering efficiency and quality, as well as sharing of lessons learned and best practices throughout the organization.

  • Support the Community of Practice (CoP) for VSMP disciplines and promote consistency across the Centers of Excellence (CoE) and IPTs in using common tools and processes.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Professional, positive, and pro-active attitude

  • Strong team-building/collaboration skills

  • Demonstrated ability to build diverse/inclusive teams with engaged team members

  • Demonstrated skill in improving team engagement

  • Demonstrated mentoring and coaching skills

  • Excellent 2-way verbal and written communication skills (upward and downward)

  • Strong technical trouble-shooting skills with demonstrated performance in bringing broader cross-discipline systems engineering thinking to problem solving

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) from an accredited institution

  • 7 years of experience in one or more of the following: structural design and analysis, parts, materials and process selection, manufacturing support, failure analysis, processing of materials for air hardware, supporting ongoing production or integration and test (I&T) activities

  • Experience leading large diverse technical teams

  • Experience with Staffing, Metrics and Training

  • Technical management experience in either program IPT, Advanced Systems, technology, and/or functional environments

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret Clearance with SSBI

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering from an accredited institution

  • ActiveDoD Top Secret Clearance with SSBI

  • Possess technical discipline credibility to provide backstop support to programs as required on behalf of team members

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 : Engineering