Senior Director Talent (Defense Sector)Mclean, VA

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. 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 look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have 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're making history.

Reporting to the Vice President of Human Resources for the Defense Systems Sector, the Senior Director Talent will serve in a key leadership role on the sector HR leadership team, as well as the corporate Talent Center of Excellence. This individual will provide oversight for a broad set of organization development and talent management functions including succession planning and leadership pipeline development, organization effectiveness and change management, performance management, leadership and functional development, and culture/engagement strategy. The role will oversee sector talent identification and assessment, succession management and the identification of development needs to inform talent development strategies. The role will partner with the sector VP Engineering, sector Chief Strategy and Technology Office, the Enterprise Talent COE and Enterprise Global Operations in support of the sector functional and technical talent strategies. This executive will partner with HR leadership to provide organization effectiveness and development consulting, including support for organization design and operational performance, leadership and team effectiveness and program development/facilitation.

Additionally, this person will be part of the extended enterprise Talent leadership team and will partner and collaborate with the Talent organization providing insights into business needs and helping to shape and inform enterprise Talent strategies. This person will also play a key role on the enterprise Talent extended leadership team, interacting with corporate Talent Management and Development (TM&D) and peers in other sectors to ensure sector strategic application of and alignment to enterprise talent management and development philosophies, programs and resources.

The ideal candidate will manage a function capable of meeting the needs of a large and complex aerospace and defense company and an ever-changing talent landscape and be able to lead others in a matrix environment. The successful candidate will effectively communicate and partner with internal and external stakeholders and will be responsible for creating strategic concepts and translating them to execution to produce business outcomes.


  • Advising and collaborating with sector HR Business Leaders to develop and implement talent strategies to address business priorities. This includes assessing critical business and leadership issues to design and implement organization effectiveness solutions that enhance performance, including organization design and operating models

  • Applying broad based knowledge of HR to provide OD/OE consulting and change agility expertise, and design/develop organization change efforts necessary to achieve business long range strategic plan (LRSP) and annual operating plans (AOP)

  • Facilitate organization assessment and development initiatives aimed at increasing team effectiveness, operational efficiency and systemic culture change by designing and executing on appropriate interventions

  • Provide thought leadership on various development and talent programs aimed at specific talent segments and sector business outcomes (e.g., early career programs, critical skills pipeline development, senior technical and leadership gateway roles)

  • Partner with the corporate Diversity and Inclusion and People Analytics teams to align sector efforts and identify metrics to measure impact and ROI

  • Provide thought leadership and subject matter expertise in the OE domain including line of sight to internal and external best practices to inform OE frameworks/approaches and adopt for the enterprise as appropriate

  • Identify Talent intersection points across functional partners (inside and outside of HR) to deliver an integrated approach and employee experience across our talent processes

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in business, management, organizational development, human resources, or closely related field is required

  • Minimum of 12+ years of experience in organizational development or a role demonstrating expertise and thought leadership in implementing organizational and/or talent management solutions to include change management, organization design, talent management and development, rotational programs, leadership / functional development

  • Experience operating within a $5B+ revenue manufacturing, technology or aerospace and defense organization with a track record of advising and implementing Talent Management/OD/OE solutions that translate to the business

  • Demonstrated aptitude for learning with the flexibility to adapt to shifting priorities and navigate ambiguous situations

  • Demonstrated experience leading medium-large teams, including both direct and indirect oversight to drive successful business and functional outcomes

  • Experience collaborating with and influencing senior leaders (VPs) to ensure client-satisfaction regarding project and/or process goals and objectives and strategic initiatives

  • Must be willing to travel (25%) of the time

  • Outstanding organization and project management skills with the ability to manage the delivery of high-quality, on-time programs in a dynamic environment.

  • Exceptional interpersonal, collaboration, communication and relationship-building skills with an ability to manage multiple clients with diverse needs in an efficient and effective manner.

  • Systems and strategic thinking

  • Executive level presentation experience and proven proficiency

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in consulting / coaching senior (C-suite) leadership and expertise in change management and strategic communication strongly preferred

  • Demonstrated capability in process improvement implementation

  • Prior experience leading one or more Center of Excellence functions for a large organization

  • Master's degree or advanced certification in OE/OD preferred

Salary Range: $198,400 - $311,800

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.

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 all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.