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Senior Principal Operations Project Manager (OPM) – Capture, Proposal Lead

Requisition ID: R10062777

  • Category IconCategory: Program Management
  • Location IconLocation: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
  • 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, 10% of the Time

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.

The Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Sector - located in Linthicum, MD - has an immediate need for a Capture, Proposal Lead Operations Project Manager (OPM). This individual will be reporting to the OPM Director of the Tactical Fighter Programs.  The OPM must be a self-starter, self-motivated individual who can work in a fast paced environment. 

The responsibilities of an OPM include: 

  • Manage the execution of a proposal effort, working closely with the program, manufacturing and support functions to be able to bid the actual touch labor hours to build the hardware, as well as the support to keep the program running through its life cycle.   
  • Achieving targeted cost and schedule requirements.
  • Facilitating internal meetings in a way to support design, production, and problem resolutions.
  • Developing and identifying risks and opportunities for all Operations scope. With the ability to be able to quantify and provide resolution. 
  • Representing manufacturing as a subject matter expert at Non Advocate Reviews / Independent Cost Evaluations (NARICE).
  • Supporting and generating proposal documentation as needed to foster new work.
  • Creating Basis of Estimate (BOE).
  • Analyzing factory labor estimating tool (FLE).

The OPM candidate must possess excellent communication skills - both verbal and written; strong interpersonal skills; a good problem solving mindset; and the ability to present program visibility at internal/external meetings to all levels of management including executive level.

This is not a Manager job. This is an individual contributor role.

Basic Qualifications for a level 4 (Senior Principal): 

  • A Bachelor's degree and 9 years of relevant work experience or 7 years of relevant work experience with a Master's degree
  • Experience in manufacturing and proposal work
  • Experience with cost, schedule, project leadership, and/or process improvement
  • Current Secret clearance 
  • Experience with SAP or other Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and MS Office applications including Excel, Word, Project, and Power Point

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in Engineering or Business Management
  • Experience with bases of estimates, shop order creation, and Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS)
  • Experience in Global Supply Chain


Salary Range: $120,000 USD - $180,000 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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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.