Director Programs 1 - Top Secret Palmdale, CA

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 Defense Systems is seeking a level one Director of Programs to join our diverse team of professionals supporting major defense programs located at Palmdale, CA.

The Director of Programs directs all phases of programs from inception through completion. Responsible for the overall cost, schedule and technical performance of company programs or subsystems of major programs. Participates in the negotiation of contract and contract changes. Coordinates the preparation of proposals, business plans, proposal work statements and specifications, operating budgets and financial terms/conditions of contract. Acts as primary customer contact for all programs activities, leading program review sessions with customer to discuss cost, schedule, and technical performance. Develops new business or expands the product line with the customer. Establishes milestones and monitors adherence to master plans and schedules, identifies program problems and obtains solutions, such as allocation of resources or changing contractual specifications.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and 10+ years of relevant experience; Master's degree and 8+ years of relevant experience.

  • 7+ years of 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.

  • 7+ years prior experience managing the maintenance and support of delivered products including spares availability; product reliability, maintainability, and testability; support equipment; training systems; prognostics and health management; field and fleet support; and program support management.

  • 7+ years prior experience in planning and executing a quality management system to satisfy program/project/supplier quality requirements.

  • 7+ years prior experience to plan, identify, estimate, cost, acquire, schedule, and retire resources needed to satisfy program requirements within organizational constraints.

  • 7+ Years prior experience leading large multi-functional teams

  • Must be willing to work a flexible work schedule that may include extended shifts, holidays, and weekends and support on call status for 24 hours-a-day, 7+ days-a-week, 365 days a year.

  • Travel approximately 10% of the time.

  • Must hold a minimum active DoD Top Secret security clearance with an adjudication date within the last 5-years.

  • Ability to obtain and retain Special Program access clearance within 365 days from submission is a condition of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience leading the planning, scheduling, and execution of enterprise-level Operations, Sustainment, or Information Systems Services activities

  • Prior experience leading formal training and career development of Operations, Sustainment, and Information Systems Services skill areas

  • Familiar with technical data development and sustainment processes

  • Experience building relationships with strategic customers.

  • Experience developing sourcing strategies; to include soliciting/analyzing requests for proposals, negotiating contracts and coordinating supplier integration plans.

  • Previous experience with accountability for profit and loss.

  • Knowledge of and experience in an Earned Value Management System (EVMS)

Salary Range: $204,100 - $306,100

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.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority . The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 .

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.

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