Flight Test Bed (FTB) Manager, Programs 3 - Clearance Required Melbourne, FL

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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Flight Test Bed (FTB) - Manager Programs 3 to join our team located in Melbourne, FL. He/she will lead a team of Test Managers, Engineers, Project Planners and Technicians. This leadership role will be responsible for all aspects of program execution for the FTB effort reporting to the Director of the Test & Evaluation (T&E) for a restricted access program. The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, and collaborative/team settings across all levels.

This position will be based in our Melbourne, FL offices.

He/she will manage resources and develop processes and procedures applicable to performing test on a complex weapons system; manage cost and schedule performance to the program budget and schedule; identify personnel and Security requirements to support the IPT. The ideal candidate must be able to collaborate closely with system architects/engineers, test pilots, systems test engineers, flight test engineers, instrumentation/data management engineers, integration/test engineers, program planners and technicians.

We offer flexible work arrangements, 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off, phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly team environment. We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to help us grow our services and become even better at what we do.

As a leader, you always act with integrity, and the highest ethical standards characterize everything you do. You enable your team to achieve predictable and balanced results, while satisfying the needs of internal and external partners. You treat all people with respect, and you model personal growth and continuous development. You know how to build an inclusive environment that attracts, retains, and inspires a diverse and engaged team. You develop trusted and valued customer relationships and communicate effectively, so that people throughout the organization feel engaged and connected to their work. You deliver excellence, strive for continuous improvement and respond vigorously to change.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for the cost, schedule and technical performance of the Flight Test Bed program, including monthly Estimate at Completion (EAC) forecast

  • Responsible for the negotiation of contracts and contract change management with suppliers/vendors, specifications, operating budgets, schedule milestones, and key terms and conditions

  • Acts as the primary contact for FTB program activities, leading gate review sessions for the T&E Director

  • Establish program milestones and monitors adherence to FTB and program master plans and schedules

  • Effectively measure and communicate progress to internal and external stakeholders, and senior leadership

  • Establish and manage program risks and opportunities; determine solutions, including the creation and execution of return-to-green (RTG) plans

  • Manage multiple suppliers to meet program objectives and schedules

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

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

  • Identify, allocate and manage program resources to include workforce planning and facility requirements for the program

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

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree and 10 years (or Bachelor of Science in STEM and 9 years) of related experience as defined below, OR a Master's degree and 8 years (or Master of Science in STEM and 7 years) of related experience as defined below.

  • Related experience includes professional and/or military experience to include a background in project management, program management, engineering, capture efforts, and/or business management related functions.

  • Aviation experience with roles in aircraft acquisition, modifications, maintenance and operations

  • Experience leading the performance of tasks on schedule, at cost and achieving all requirements as either project lead, integrated program team or cost account manager

  • Must have an active DoD Secret clearance or higher that is in-scope with a background investigation completed within the last 6 years or currently enrolled into Continuous Evaluation.

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Special Program Access (SAP/PAR) within a reasonable amount of time as determined by business needs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current/Active Special Program Access (PAR)

  • Aviation and Flight Test experience with direct roles in commercial aircraft acquisition, modifications, maintenance and operations

  • Three+ years of personnel management and development experience with demonstrated success leading and growing teams/and or organizations to achieve a common goal

  • Demonstrated experience meeting customer needs, building strong relationships with strategic partners and guiding program teams and support functions to take action to satisfy customer expectations

  • Experience managing program/projects of > $20 Million / year with P&L responsibilities

  • Experience with Program Operations, Data Analytics, infrastructure management

  • Experience as a Cost Account Manager

  • Experience with EVMS

  • Certified by Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP)

Salary Range: $152,100 - $228,100

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.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.