Director Mission Assurance 1: StrikePalmdale, CA

Requisition ID: R10156178

  • Category: Mission and Quality Assurance

  • Location: Palmdale, California, United States of America

  • Clearance Type: Secret

  • Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position

  • Shift: 1st Shift (United States of America)

  • Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time

  • Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

  • Positions Available: 1

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’s Aeronautics System sector is hiring a Mission Assurance Program Director 1 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals supporting the Strike Division. The Mission Assurance Program Director has responsibility for quality requirements across the Strike program portfolio by providing leadership and management to assigned personnel. This leadership opportunity will be located in Palmdale, CA.

In this role, you will be serving as Mission Assurance Program Director responsible for all Quality related activities across a majority of the product life cycle. You will be responsible for the oversight of Mission Assurance employees and program operations at multiple CONUS sites.

This position requires managing and leading key program meetings including the Preventive Corrective Action Board (PCAB), management reviews, and customer reviews. The MA Program Director will regularly interface with internal and external customers regarding requirements and will manage stakeholder expectations. The candidate will develop controls that build confidence for process execution.

The selected candidate will have excellent communication skills and the ability to prepare and present to the customer and the Strike leadership team. This role also requires a candidate that can be strategic, think outside of the box, and be successful in a very demanding and challenging environment.

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.

The role is responsible for:

  • Managing the Program Quality Management System and ensure adherence to corporate/sector policies and procedures as well as contractual requirements

  • Maintaining program quality plans

  • Develop and maintain relationships with the end customers and their quality representatives to ensure Northrop Grumman is delivering a quality product

  • Ensuring timely support and flow down of sector/division goals and key operating factors

  • Provides oversight for all Mission Assurance budgets within the program

  • Developing and approving Mission Assurance input for proposals

  • Staffing and daily management of Mission Assurance personnel assigned to the Strike program

  • Interface with Mission Assurance homerooms to ensure resources are properly applied

  • Defines and monitors mission assurance program specifications and processes to ensure success

  • Assesses program performance and risks and validate performance metrics reporting

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree and 10 years of related experience as defined below, OR a Master’s degree and 8 years of related experience as defined below

  • Related experience includes professional and/or military experience to include a background in aircraft, aerospace, manufacturing, quality, program management, engineering, and/or business management related functions

  • 3 years of experience as a leader, manager, or other team lead roles

  • Must have an active DoD Secret or higher clearance (with a background investigation completed within the last 6 years or currently enrolled into Continuous Evaluation)

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a Special Access Program (SAP) Clearance within 3 months

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current Special Access Program (SAP) clearance

  • Active DoD Top Secret clearance

  • Experience in root cause and corrective action processes

  • Strong orientation to change in a dynamic and logistically challenging environment

  • Advanced level of understanding of complex quality policies, procedures, and governmental regulations

  • Ability to analyze alternative courses of action where decisions have risk/reward implications for program or area of influence

  • A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to all levels of any organization

  • Strong people leadership skills in developing others

  • Ability to build partnerships with internal and external stakeholders

  • DCMA and AS9100 Quality Management System compliance knowledge

What We Offer:

At Northrop Grumman, we are on the cutting edge of innovation -- building the next generation of sophisticated aircraft to protect our country. Our diverse portfolio of programs means there are endless paths to cultivate your career. We are well-known for our inclusive, family environment, phenomenal learning opportunities, and exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers. We also offer exceptional benefits/healthcare, a great 401K matching program, and 14 Employee Resource Groups inclusive of all employees!

Salary Range: $190,600 - $286,000

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.