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Future Technical Leaders
Northrop Grumman's technical rotation program for STEM graduate students and those working on post doctorates
Program Overview for STEM Graduates
Future Technical Leaders (FTLs) is a highly selective rotational program at Northrop Grumman that is strategically designed to accelerate the development for elite technical leaders. It provides professional development and networking opportunities for STEM graduate students and those working on post doctorates from some of the nation’s most prestigious universities. The program leverages experiences and relationships to grow careers while making significant technical and business contributions for the company. Both external candidates and current employees are eligible to apply.
Specialized Training and Development
Future Technical Leader participants, also referred to as FTLs, attend special training and development forums throughout the three-year program. These forums are designed to enhance participants’ experiences and knowledge in preparation of becoming a leader in the company. Other development opportunities include conferences, certifications and special projects that align and contribute to enterprise strategies.
Networking and Executive Visibility
The program is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of the company, as well as opportunities to network as a cohort and meet previous FTLs and leaders from across the enterprise. The program’s ability to provide enterprise-wide leadership visibility is an important consideration in all components of the program.
Mentoring and One-on-One
FTLs’ success in the program is important to the company. There is a robust network of support beyond the FTL functional manager including a technical advocate and a mentor on each rotational assignment. Northrop Grumman will help FTLs identify someone who will guide and support the FTL’s personal and professional development. The goal is that each relationship will continue beyond the program.
Opportunities to Rotate
Experiencing a variety of assignments, locations and teams enables FTLs to develop and learn different technical and mission areas. Participants are strongly encouraged to embrace diverse rotations, both geographically and professionally. Relocation assistance is provided for every assignment that meets Internal Revenue Service rules.
Meet Northrop Grumman FTLs
A Message from our FTL Technical Champion
“After completing my PhD, I was looking at a variety of potential career options. One of the main reasons I selected Northrop Grumman was the opportunity to participate in the Future Technical Leaders program. Today, I see FTL alums occupying leadership positions across the company. They are driving our business by serving in technical leadership roles on our programs and captures, defining our technology strategy, innovating our future products and services, and managing our stellar technical talent.”
Jonathan | Director, Disruptive Concepts & Technologies | Class of 2010
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