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Northrop Grumman Director 1 - Vulture Communication Subsystem Lead 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.

Northrop Grumman SSSD has an opening for a Director 1 - Vulture Communication Subsystem Lead to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, CA.

The Vulture Program is a $250M Communication Subsystem (CSS) to be hosted on a restricted satellite. The CSS consists of high-rate Ka-band RF downlink, optical crosslink, and optical relay and processor payloads. The Vulture Lead will oversee a multi-disciplinary team (System Engineering, RF, Digital, Antenna, Controls) to design, fabricate, assembly, test and deliver the CSS in a rapid timeframe (4 years) utilizing tailored Class B processes.

Essential Functions:

• Oversee the technical baseline including RF, Lasercom, Antenna, Digital processing fabrication, assembly, test, and verification

• Manage the cost and schedule baseline

• Coordinate the staffing needs with engineering management

• Manage approximately 5 subcontracts

• Actively manage risks, opportunities and issues

• Responsible for working across numerous Northrop Grumman sites to establish and maintain a collaborative, working relationship.

This leadership position reports to the Communication Systems Business Unit.

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 STEM; minimum 5 years of prior management experience; 10 years of engineering experience in the aerospace industry

  • Technical management experience delivering space hardware; IPT and/or project management experience

  • Experience with earned value management (EVM)

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Engineering or Science

  • Proven ability to lead and influence a high performance team and possess exceptional communication skills across all levels of the organization and customers

  • Proficient executive presentation communication skills

  • Subcontract management experience

  • Experience working across Northrop Grumman sites

  • Experience developing/tailoring processes for reduced mission class programs.

  • Experience with design, fabrication or test of RF, Lasercom, Antenna, and/or Digital processing systems

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