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Manager Mission Assurance 3

Requisition ID: R10067738

  • Category IconCategory: Mission and Quality Assurance
  • Location IconLocation: Sierra Vista, AZ, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

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.

Put your skills to the test by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. From global defense to sustainment and modernization to mission readiness, your experience and ability will make it a reality. Our programs are built on equal parts of curiosity and collaboration. Our combined effort means our customers can connect and defend millions of people around the world. With Northrop Grumman, you’ll have the opportunity to be an essential part of projects that will define your career, now and in the future.

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems is seeking a highly qualified individual to perform the function of Operating Unit (OU) Quality & Mission Assurance (QMA) Manager 3.  The selected candidate will report to the Autonomous and Tactical Air Systems (ATAS) Business Unit (BU) Mission Assurance Director and will have dotted line reporting responsibilities to the OU Director. The ASOU has programs located across the United States and internationally. This position is located with the OU Director in Sierra Vista, AZ and must be able to work on-site. .

Your Responsibilities will include:

  • The Quality & Mission Assurance team monitors mission assurance program specifications and processes to ensure the mission success of programs. QMA works with the various teams to promote continuous quality assurance, risk management, safety, reliability and maintainability of program achievements, subcontractors, and suppliers in accordance with contractual and governing requirements. In doing so, we help determine resources and activities to ensure compliance.

  • In this role, you will be serving as OU Quality and Mission Assurance Manager, who is responsible for all Quality related activities in Production, Sustainment, Development, and Supplier Quality activities. This leader will serve in a key leadership role providing oversight of the quality management system across a broad set of sustainment and production programs at multiple locations.

  • The successful candidate must possess a complete and thorough understanding of Program Management and Mission Assurance as well as proven leadership, managerial, and communication skills across all levels of the company.

  • The successful candidate must have a superior ability to establish and nurture an excellent working relationship with all customers, both internal and external, and be able to understand quickly and sufficiently the technical domain encompassed by the ASOU.

  • The successful candidate will be functionally responsible for providing and managing QMA support for existing and future programs and task orders.  These responsibilities include implementation, maintenance, and continual improvement of the established QMS according to the requirements of the Quality Standard and Division, Sector and Corporate quality policies, processes and procedures ensuring the total integration of quality requirements throughout all phases of design, planning, procurement, test, delivery and post-delivery support.   

  • The successful candidate will provide leadership and guidance to the MA team and will be the ASOU focal point to the Business Unit for all MA activities including Program Assurance, Quality Assurance, System Assurance and Supplier Quality. We are looking for a leader who will foster a collaborative environment and sustained results.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED with a minimum of 14 years in related professional and/or military experience in Program management or Quality and Mission Assurance, that includes a background in the aircraft, aerospace, and/or manufacturing industries and within management or team lead roles

  • Will also consider: 

  • Bachelor's degree and 10 years of experience

  • Master’s degree and 8 of experience

  • Must have at least 2 years’ experience in root cause and corrective action processes.

  • Understanding and experience with Lean-Agile methodologies.

  • Understanding and experience with Continuous Improvement concepts, processes and tools.

  • Experience with various methods of root cause analysis (e.g., 5 Why, Ishikawa, Current Reality tree, etc.)

  • Strong working knowledge and experience with ISO9001, AS9100, AS9102 and DCMA8210 implementation and auditing.

  • Understanding the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) and how they relate to QMA activities.

  • Business acumen in the context of the impact of quality or lack of quality on Profit & Loss, Cost and Schedule0.

  • Demonstrated communication skills, both written and verbal.

  • Proficient with the MS Office Professional suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access)

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret security clearance

  • U.S. Citizenship required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master of Science (MS) in program management or mission assurance related field

  • Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt Certification


Salary Range: $134,200 USD - $201,400 USD

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 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.



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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.