Manager 2 of Energetics and Material Chemistry Rocket Center, WV

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.


The Manager of Energetics and Material Chemistry (E&MC) Level 2 reports directly to the Sr. Manager of Energetic Technologies and Laboratories; they will lead a team of about 10-12 Research Scientists of diverse backgrounds and skillsets. The E&MC organization is responsible for the research, development, formulation, and tailoring of both existing and novel: energetic materials, propellants, explosives, rocket motor case bond liners, thermal rubber insulations, and adhesives.

Position Summary:

  • Manage department resources (personnel and financial) ensuring appropriate level of support and prioritization of activities

  • Mentor and develop research scientists on technical projects and assignments

  • Provide guidance, direction, and performance feedback

  • Coach, support, and motivate to maintain and develop a highly performing team

  • Promote innovation and continuous improvement as well as a strong focus on safetyReview work products and documents to ensure technical rigor and quality

  • Assure cost effectiveness and timely completion of projects Interface with internal and external customers

  • Perform technical planning, cost estimation and general proposal support activities for new business captures

  • Coordinate and implement strategic initiatives within the department


  • Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science or a related field

  • 7 years of relevant experience with a BS degree; 5 years with MS degree; 3 years with PhD

  • High ethical standards of work and personal conduct

  • Willingness to work outside of standard work hours or overtime when needed to resolve issues

  • Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment

  • Demonstrated leadership and/or managerial skills including: project leadership, team building, mentoring, technical and inter-personal problem resolution, work planning and allocation, etc.

  • Skilled at building relationships and effective communication with all levels of the organization and with internal and external customers

  • Understanding of relevant chemistries including elements of: polymer, organic, physical, and inorganic

  • Familiar with statistical based methods for design of experiments and analysis of physical and chemical data

  • Proficiency in MS office tools (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

  • Able to obtain a Secret Clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship as a prerequisite

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. or Ph.D.

  • Laboratory or manufacturing experience handling explosive, energetic, or hazardous materials

  • Experience in solid propellants as well as rocket/missile design, development, and production

  • Understanding of Statistical Process Control (SPC)

Salary Range: $127,700 - $191,500

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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