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Operations Program Manager/ Principal Operations Program Manager

Requisition ID: R10075114

  • Category IconCategory: Program Management
  • Location IconLocation: Philadelphia, PA, 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

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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Philadelphia Assembly and Test Site is looking for an Operations Program Manager/ Principal Operations Program Manager to support electromechanical submarine/surface systems projects in our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania facility. The ideal candidate will have a background in large mechanical systems and the unique product lines and manufacturing processes that support such systems.

*Please note this is an individual contributor role and not a management role.

What You’ll Get to Do:

  • Act as primary liaison with the Site Manager regarding assigned production operations and programs.

  • Responsible to maintain an accurate operations Integrated Master Schedule(s) (IMS) ensuring alignment with Master Program Schedule(s) for production programs.

  • Develop daily operations plan to complete Manufacturing Instruction operations in alignment with the schedule.

  • Ensure the required manufacturing and test resources are forecasted and secured to execute the job (technicians and other personnel, equipment & facilities). Coordinate technician

  • allocation with the Site Manager and overall program priorities.

  • Manage change control for the product and resolve issues/defects in production quickly and effectively by working with cross functional team including; Project ME Lead, Quality,

  • Supply Chain, and Design Engineering.

  • Manage risks and opportunities for all operations scope related to cost and schedule.

  • Collaborate with Site Manager and all functional organizations to resolve any operations conflicts or challenges.

  • Responsible for planning and monitoring for assigned program using Earned Value or other standard project monitoring techniques and keeping Site Manager updated on issues impacting the manufacturing cost or schedule performance.

  • Focal point in driving First Time Process Reviews (FTPRs), Manufacturing Process Development, Continuous Improvement, and affordability initiatives related to their specific program(s).

  • Provide Operations inputs to internal reports, including the generation and management of operations CAM (Cost Account Manager) inputs and RTG (Return to Green) plans for assigned programs.

  • Coordinate with Supply Chain and Inventory Lead to ensure material availability, all material receipts are processed, parts are kitted and shipping requirements are in place.

  • Support and generate proposal documentation as needed to foster new work. Provide labor and material inputs and serve as operations proposal lead including Basis of Estimate and budget/proposal development.

Ideally the Operations Program Manager/ Principal Operations Program Manager will have a technical background in a hardware engineering discipline; electrical/mechanical manufacturing experience; solid organizational skills; an ability to lead program teams to achieve program milestones and delivery objectives; an ability to understand an Integrated Master Schedule to make informed decisions based upon interdependencies; program planning and scheduling skills; solid communication skills; and familiarity with earned value management, as well as a strong problem solving mindset.

This position may be filled as either an Operations Program Manager or Principal Operations Program Manager.

Basic Qualifications for an Operations Program Manager:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or related STEM discipline plus 5 years of relevant engineering/program management experience; or Master of Science degree in Engineering or related STEM discipline plus 3 years of relevant engineering/program management experience; or PhD in STEM plus 0 years of relevant engineering/program management experience

  • U.S. citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance

  • Experience with Earned Value Management (EVM), which includes managing projects to cost, performance and schedule requirements

  • Experience with Material Requirements Planning (MRP) Systems (such as SAP, Oracle, etc.)

  • Experience with scheduling and/or using MS Projects

  • Ability to read mechanical drawings

  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Operations Program Manager:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or related STEM discipline plus 3 years of relevant engineering/program management experience; or Master of Science degree in Engineering or related STEM discipline plus 1 years of relevant engineering/program management experience; or PhD in STEM plus 0 years of relevant engineering/program management experience

  • U.S. citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance

  • Experience with Earned Value Management (EVM), which includes managing projects to cost, performance and schedule requirements

  • Experience with Material Requirements Planning (MRP) Systems (such as SAP, Oracle, etc.)

  • Experience with scheduling and/or using MS Projects

  • Ability to read mechanical drawings

  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment

Preferred Qualifications for both levels:

  • Active Secret Security Clearance or higher

  • Hands on experience with Large Mechanical Assembly and Heavy Lifting Principles Manufacturing or engineering background in a marine discipline (e.g., Rotating Machinery

  • engineering or manufacturing)

  • Experience working on the factory floor in a represented workforce environment

  • Experience in implementing new designs and processes into a factory environment

  • Experience in working with Supply Chain to manage delivery schedules and work-arounds


Salary Range: $82,400 USD - $123,600 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.