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Program Manager 1

Requisition ID: R10032321

  • Category IconCategory: Program Management
  • Location IconLocation: Aurora, Colorado, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No
  • 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 Space Systems, Integrated National Systems, Mission Exploitation Operating Unit (MEXOU) is currently seeking a Program Manager 1 at our Aurora, CO location. Program Managers are responsible for coordination and management of all phases of program execution, from inception through completion. In this position, the selected Program Manager will support OU operations and multiple programs with proposal and OU operations. Based on the requirements of the OU, the responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

Directs all phases of programs from inception through completion. Responsible for the cost, schedule and technical performance of company programs or subsystems of major programs. Participates in the negotiation of contract and contract changes. Coordinates the preparation of proposals, business plans, proposal work statements and specifications, operating budgets and financial terms/conditions of contract. Acts as primary customer contact for program activities, leading program review sessions with customer to discuss cost, schedule, and technical performance. Establishes design concepts, criteria and engineering efforts for product research, development, integration and test. Develops new business or expands the product line with the customer. Establishes milestones and monitors adherence to master plans and schedules, identifies program problems and obtains solutions, such as allocation of resources or changing contractual specifications. Directs the work of employees assigned to the program from technical, manufacturing and administrative areas.

In addition, you'll also:

  • Lead and manage the OU capital project activities from planning through project completion in collaboration with organizations across the enterprise, with responsibility for cost, schedule, and quality of the OU’s capital projects.

  • Lead and manage the OU NCTA budget and project activities from planning through project completion

  • In coordination with MEXOU Director and Business Manager, oversee the allocation and spending of MEXOU’s indirect budget.

  • In collaboration with Engineering, coordinate/plan training needs across the programs in the OU.

  • Lead and support proposal activities as a proposal lead, volume lead, or other roles, as appropriate.

  • Lead the preparation of weekly status reports and staff meeting slides for the OU.

  • Lead the preparation of OU’s inputs for regular and ad hoc status and reporting

  • Development and adherence to Risks and Opportunities Review Management

  • Develop and deliver presentations to leadership and program stakeholders

  • Create, review and finalize a project Statement of Work

  • Develop stakeholder relationships and strong communication across departments

  • If needed, establish milestones and spend plans, monitors adherence to master plans and schedules, identifies program problems, and obtains solutions, such as allocation of resources or changing contractual specifications.

  • Adhere to all internal supply chain and program management processes

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree and 5 years (or Master’s degree and 3 years) experience working in program management, project management, supply chain, engineering, business management, or another related field.

  • Experience leading the performance of tasks on schedule, at cost and achieving all requirements as the project lead. 

  • Demonstrated success aligning teams, organizations, or employee resource groups to achieve a common goal. 

  • 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

  • Demonstrated success leading teams and/or organizations to achieve a common goal 

  • The ability to define proposal strategy, lead proposal teams, analyze and shape RFPs, produce and deliver winning proposals, effectively track and incorporate Review Team comments and findings, and manage post-proposal submittals (orals, finding responses).

  • The ability to establish and apply a technical performance baseline to monitor and compare key program technical performance measures, assess program and product status, and take appropriate action to maintain conformance with the baseline.

  • The ability to conduct detailed risk & opportunity management including identification, mitigation and realization.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance and special program access within a reasonable period of time as determined by the business

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active Top Secret clearance and special program access

  • Experience managing facility construction projects

  • Experience with Agile and DevSecOps software development activities

  • The ability to apply knowledge, insights and understanding of business and financial concepts, tools and processes to the benefit of program decisions, actions, and performance.

  • The ability to manage communications with stakeholders through organized processes to ensure that project information is defined, collected, shared, understood, stored and retrieved in a manner that effectively meets project and stakeholder needs.

  • The ability to identify and address project impacts through a systematic, proactive, approach to issue and problem resolution that identifies, communicates, monitors, and promptly resolves conflicts across all levels of the project.


Salary Range: $114,200 USD - $171,200 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.