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Program Manager 3 – Special Defense Operating Unit

Requisition ID: R10081765

  • Category IconCategory: Program Management
  • Location IconLocation: Annapolis, MD, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

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Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems (NGMS) sector is looking for an experienced Program Manager 3 for the SUMO program to support the Special Defense Operating Unit in Annapolis, MD.

The SUMO program is an acquisition of a specialized undersea vehicle system. The SUMO customer is proceeding with a competitive program that will have two major phases: 1) Design, and 2) Prototype Integration & Test. The customer is planning on potentially awarding multiple contracts for the Design and will award a single contract for Prototype Integration & Test at the end of the Design contract. This program is expected to be equivalent in complexity to an ACAT 1 program. The SUMO program is currently designated as a MLSS Division Priority Win Program .

For the first competitive phase, NG will execute a digital design of the vehicle and develop the technical and programmatic information sufficient for the program to directly transition into the vehicle system integration phase. The NG team is comprised of several other major defense contractors. In the design phase, the content of the program will be largely digital design with selected hardware prototyping. The Integration phase will have both a very large subcontracting component as well as a large material component and a significant GFE component. The entire duration of the Design and integrate contracts is expected to be approximately 60 months.  In addition to the direct Government Customer, it is expected that there will be involvement by several other Navy/Government organization (as well as government SETA representatives).

What You'll Get to Do:

The SUMO Program Manager will be responsible to ensure Northrop Grumman meets all contractual and technical requirements for the program in a competitive environment. This role will operate at the Northrop Grumman Undersea Systems facility in Annapolis MD and ensure compliance with contractual provisions regarding program execution, quality, engineering, and reporting in the design development and associated prototyping of the vehicle system.


The successful candidate will draw upon the Northrop Grumman Undersea Systems cross-functional organization to successfully execute the program as well as the expertise of the multiple subcontractors.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversight of cost, schedule, quality and technical performance of the programs.
  • Ensuring satisfactory planning and execution of the IBR, SRR, PDR and CDR.
  • Ensuring reporting of program performance in Internal Program Reviews and Quarterly EAC reviews and assuring on-time delivery of CDRL deliverables.
  • Leading and directing the NG/subcontractor team evaluating program cost, schedule, quality and technical performance objectives.
  • Overseeing baseline change implementation for new Scope of Work added to the contract.
  • Identifying and mitigating schedule critical path issues to assure on performance of planned system tests.
  • Implementing the Digital Design development plan and the Risk Management Plan to provide timely and progressive evidence that the prototype vehicle in the subsequent contract will achieve the threshold and objective KPPs.
  • Continue the high level of customer intimacy and expand that intimacy and trust to the other government organizations that the customer will bring into this effort and the relationships between NG and the subcontractor team members that has been established over the recent for years.
  • Delivering presentations to customers, executive management and other program stakeholders.
  • Assure compliance to all security requirements and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) requirements for all NG and subcontractor organizations.
  • Participating in the negotiation of contracts, contract changes, specifications, operating budgets, schedule milestones, and key terms and conditions.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 9+ years, or Master’s and 7+ years’ experience supporting U.S. Government contracts and customers.

  • 5+ years of Program Management experience.

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) or equivalent third-party assessment or certification (e.g. Defense Acquistion university Program Management Level III).

  • Excellent customer interface and communication skills.

  • Strong leadership skills working with a large and diverse customer and contractor team.

  • U.S. Citizenship with an active Secret Security Clearance.

  • Ability to travel up to 15%, primarily to customer and subcontractor location.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Program Management experience in a subcontractor role.

  • Program Management experience with underwater vehicles.

  • Strong EVMS/financial analytics skills. Able to predict and identify mitigation of emerging cost/schedule issues.

  • Strong Change Management skills and experience.

  • Strong schedule/critical path analysis identification and mitigation skills.

  • Technical knowledge and experience relevant to the design, control and operations of undersea vehicles.

  • Prior program leadership experience as a Prime contractor or Government PM role.

Salary Range: $168,100 USD - $252,100 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

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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