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Northrop Grumman Director 1 - Communication Systems & Mission Payload Center in Redondo Beach, California

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you'll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for prime satellite and payload capabilities and directed energy and electronics solutions for national security, military, and civil customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible.

Northrop Grumman Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) has an opening for a Director 1 - Communication Systems & Mission Payload Center to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, CA, and reports to the Director of Systems Engineering.

In this role, you will be:

  • Responsible for leading and shaping a dynamic 350-member organization to ensure excellence in program level system engineering across SSSD.

  • A key member of the system engineering leadership team, the Center Director supervises 3 departments and multiple senior center staff with technical expertise in communications systems, mission engineering, modeling/ simulation, and payloads and sensors

  • Responsible for managing integrated systems engineering recruiting, employee development, employee engagement, performance management, program staffing, process and product development, and participating in project and proposal reviews

  • Lead and influence Directorate-wide System Engineering strategic initiatives to enhance sector performance (e.g. Digital Transformation)

As the Director, you are the process owner for the integrated systems engineering processes and is responsible for process refinement and implementation across the division.

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program. As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for:

Medical, Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules: For example, some roles offer the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work

For more details, please view Northrop Grumman Benefits.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Science (STEM) discipline; minimum 5 years of prior management or team lead experience; 10 years of engineering experience in the aerospace industry

  • Proven technical management experience in Communication Systems and/or Systems Engineering

  • Previous IPT, SEIT Lead or Program Management experience

  • Active Top Secret and/or SSBI and/or SCI clearance, with an ability to obtain a SAP clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in functional management

  • Master's Degree in Engineering with emphasis in Communication Systems, Signal Processing, and/or Mission Engineering

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 : Engineering