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Northrop Grumman Program Manager 2 - COIC Ceramics in San Diego, 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.

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.

COI Ceramics (COIC), a part of Northrop Grumman's Space Components Business Unit, leads the industry in the development, fabrication and production of High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) Components and test articles for the commercial aircraft and defense industry. With over 20 years of experience, COIC uses advanced CMC manufacturing and technologies for delivery of lightweight, high value structures.

COI (Ceramics) is seeking a Program Manager to join our team. This position could be located in San Diego, CA and will be on 1st shift.

Position Summary

This regular full-time position will report to the Business/Program Director of COIC on a 9/80 work schedule. This position will be responsible for leading programs and supporting business development in the all development/production areas to include: Non-oxide CMC processing, Oxide CMC processing, and ceramic fiber processing.

The Program Manager responsibilities are broad and rewarding; you are the direct interface to external customers in this position. For your external end item customer you are responsible for capturing new and follow-on business through development of business relationships and achieving programming expectations. For your internal customer you are responsible to support in any and all necessary capacity to ensure Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost goals for your program are achieved.


  • Plan and execute all aspects of contracted program.

  • Has complete responsibility for successfully managing all technical, financial, contractual and schedule aspects of multiple programs. Has P&L responsibility for assigned programs. Works with customers to define requirements and is their primary contact on status and performance. Anticipates and fulfills customer needs to ensure their satisfaction and continued business.

  • Captures new business and contributes to defining technical strategy for assigned product segment. Manages a variety of Bid and Proposal efforts. Participates in business strategy sessions.

  • Leads a cross functional team of associates with a wide range of skill sets, ensuring roles and responsibilities of all team members are well understood and executed. Provide overall leadership to program team and drive technical compliance.

  • Acts as customer interface for program activities. Leads program review sessions with the customer to address cost, schedule and technical performance.

  • Manages subcontractor actions and performance.

  • Develops and manages technical performance metrics on assigned projects.

  • Identifies and executes plans to mitigate program risks.

  • Ensures program-wide focus on safety, reliability, cost and schedule, and adequacy of systems, procedures, and people for long term success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Requires Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Aerospace or related manufacturing industry and 15 years' experience or Master's degree and 10 years' experience.

  • Requires 10 years' experience in program management in aerospace, defense or related industry

  • 10 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

  • 10 years of demonstrated success leading teams/and or organizations to achieve a common goal

  • Position requires that the applicant must be able to obtain a clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active security clearance is desirable

  • Experience in customer business development preferred

  • Technical background in material science, ceramics, aerospace, manufacturing or mechanical engineering preferred

  • Experience working with composites preferred (CMC processing highly desirable)

  • Ability to manage external customers and internal functional teams through all aspects of engineering, development, hardware fabrication and testing of composite structures.

  • Experience with growing existing business and/or new business with current customers.

  • Ability to utilize excellent decision making and risk management skills to create profit and meet schedule.

  • Experience with leadership, coaching and building effective teams.

  • Demonstrated financial management skills including: development and control of program budgets, schedules, risk management, EAC's and the ability to recognize and capture program changes.

  • Action oriented; driven by measurable results.

  • Excellent external and internal communication and presentation skills.

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 : Program Management