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Manager, Operations Program Management and Industrial Engineering

Requisition ID: R10065053

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Buffalo, New York, 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
  • 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.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems sector is seeking a Manager of Operations Program Management and Industrial Engineering to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in our Buffalo, NY campus.

The Manager will lead an organization of Operations Program Managers (OPM) and Industrial Engineers; and will be responsible for the daily operations, direct supervision and technical performance of the OPM and industrial engineering roles.  As a member of the manufacturing leadership team, we’re looking for a change agent who is skillful in communicating with others and has experience implementing continuous improvements, such as experience with Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma.

In this role, the Manager will resolve issues and define strategic initiatives between Manufacturing and the Program Management organization on projects; and will manage the overall interface between program management and the manufacturing organization.  He/she will also collaborate with areas including Production Planning, Engineering, Quality Assurance, Materials Management, Business Management and Supply Chain Management. 

The Manager of Operations Program Management will oversee the schedule and cost conformance on assigned programs or projects in a high-energy environment supporting the procurement, build, and test of electronic warfare simulation equipment.  In addition to managing the department, the Manager will function as a working manager and act as the primary Operations Program Manager on some programs. 

What You’ll Get to Do:

  • Provide schedule, financial planning and implementation including schedule inputs, procurement coordination, manpower and capacity planning, and reporting of program cost, schedule, technical and quality performance.
  • Function as an interface and provide leadership through design, build, test, and delivery to achieve customer, program and company objectives.
  • Act as an interface for manufacturing that will act as the Cost Account Manager for manufacturing, test and manufacturing support functions.
  • Manage resource loading of the manufacturing area, which includes establishing schedules that are in-line with organizational capacities and program requirements.
  • Develop capacity methods/models to manage labor resources and improve forecasting accuracy.
  • Drive process improvements in manufacturing and in the relationships with other parts of the organization.
  • Develop better metrics and visibility in program reporting of cost, schedule and quality. 

In addition to the Operation Program Management (OPM) function, the Manager will interface heavily with Manufacturing Engineering.  He/she will create estimates and labor standards for assembly times, as a large part of the OPM role is managing and calculating labor costs, especially as it pertains to proposal efforts.  Having a solid engineering background with the ability to interface on technical issues and communicate with the engineering, manufacturing and test team members will serve you well in this position.

You will thrive in this role if you have strong engineering/technical skills, strong leadership and communication skills, a solid business acumen, experience interfacing with customers, and strong quantitative and analytical skills. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in an Engineering discipline plus 5 years of relevant experience; or a Master's degree in an Engineering discipline plus 3 years of relevant experience
  • Project management experience
  • Experience managing multiple programs/projects at the same time
  • U.S. citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense Secret Clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering
  • Master’s degree in Engineering or Business Administration
  • Manufacturing experience preferred
  • Operations Program Management experience or Program Management experience
  • Experience working with EVMS
  • Lean or Six Sigma certification
  • An understanding of manufacturing or industrial engineering through experience or education
  • Cost Account Manager (CAM) experience
  • Continuous Improvement experience
  • Experience managing projects and programs at multiple sites across the country
  • Experience working on proposal efforts


Salary Range: $89,800 USD - $134,800 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.