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Northrop Grumman Japan GH CLS Aircraft Maintenance Manager (Misawa, Japan) in International Posting,

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems and technology that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they are making history.

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems is seeking a self-motivated and hard-working Aircraft Maintenance Manager for the Japan Global Hawk (GH) Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) Program in Misawa, Japan. This role will be initially based in the U.S. during the preparation phase of the CLS program and will relocate to Misawa, Japan at the end of this year (schedule pending). The Maintenance manager will be responsible for working with the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) squadron to manage daily maintenance activities in support of Japan's mission requirements.

Responsible for the daily maintenance operations for a fleet of on-station Global Hawk Aircraft. Applies maintenance management knowledge, skills and techniques to effectively manage this high profile program. Oversees maintenance servicing and repair to ensure that aircraft are in good mechanical condition and safe for flight. Ensures trained professionals are on-site for launch, recovery and designated maintenance tasks. Attend daily meetings, releases aircraft for flight, authorized CANN/MICAP actions, prioritize maintenance efforts, assist with scheduling and make mission essential determinations. Recommend procedure changes to improve maintainability of aircraft and timely inspections. Reviews status of projects and budgets; manages schedules and prepares status reports.

The Maintenance Manager is responsible for planning, managing, executing standup of GH maintenance activities in Japan. This includes, but is not limited to the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Plan, direct, and coordinate all maintenance activities on-site in Misawa, Japan

  • Hire and manage diverse maintenance team of 20-30 maintenance personnel

  • Assume management duties of overall team in the Site Manager's absence

  • Able to establish plans and schedules to support the requirements, milestones, and organizational infrastructure to sustain and deliver on the contractual obligations.

  • Monitors adherence to the SOW and schedule, export/import requirements, security requirements, and quality processes and procedures

  • Support negotiation of contract and contract changes as needed

  • Develop customer relationships and ensure customer satisfaction and positive outcomes

  • Ability to ensure program meets customer/contractual requirements for quality, cost, and schedule, maintaining compliance with regulatory, policy, and host country laws and regulations

  • Identifying risks, developing mitigation plans and monitoring progress of actions, utilizing metrics and taking corrective actions as needed

  • Achieving high customer satisfaction and employee engagement ratings

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

  • Managing Government/customer supplied property or information

  • Managing on-site supplier representatives to meet program objectives

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


Basic Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of military aircraft maintenance experience

  • Ability to Obtain US DOD Secret Clearance

  • Proven leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work between various departments, sectors, and suppliers

  • Able to work independently or with minimal supervision

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous Global Hawk Maintenance supervisor or manager

  • 5+ years of supervisory experience

  • Understanding of Global Hawk Aircraft Maintenance Processes and Procedures

  • Experience working with Japanese Ministry of Defense or in Japanese Defense Market

  • Familiarity with Japan culture, traditions, laws, etc

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 : Flight Operations