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Sentinel Program Manager – Launch Vehicles

Requisition ID: R10061267

  • Category IconCategory: Program Management
  • Location IconLocation: Chandler, Arizona, 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, 25% 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 Space Systems is seeking an experienced Manager of Programs 3 to serve as Program Manager for Launch Vehicle Business Unit’s Sentinel program scope. This critical role is based out of Chandler, AZ and will be responsible for day-to-day management of a program with over $300 million in annual sales and a cross-functional team of 250 people. Learn more about Sentinel, the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent, here

The Sentinel Program Manager’s primary responsibilities are to execute and manage cost, schedule, and technical performance within program constraints including:  

  • Supporting daily execution of Launch Vehicle Business Unit’s scope within the Sentinel EMD program, reporting to the Sentinel Deputy Director
  • Responsibility for ensuring that program operational and financial objectives are met
  • Establishing and maintaining a program organization that effectively addresses customer requirements and incorporates the necessary internal and external sub-organizations
  • Identification, distribution, tracking, and completion of program requirements
  • Effective cultivation and management of supplier and teammate deliverables within program commitments
  • Measuring and reporting program performance, then seeking continuous improvement of the program’s operations
  • Establishing design concepts, criteria, and engineering efforts for product research, development, integration and test
  • Delivering presentations to customers, executive management and other program stakeholders
  • Cultivating customer relationships and intimacy to develop further opportunities within the customer community
  • Participating in the preparation of proposals, business plans, proposal work statements and specifications, operating budgets and financial terms/conditions of contract
  • Together with Global Supply Chain, managing suppliers to meet program objectives, participating in the negotiation of contracts, contract changes, specifications, operating budgets, schedule milestones, and key terms and conditions
  • Development and adherence to budget baselines utilizing Earned Value Management (EVM) cost & schedule control methodologies and tools
  • Development and adherence to master plans and schedules
  • Identifying, allocating and managing program resources, including workforce planning
  • Managing Government/customer supplied property or information (GFE, CFE, etc.)
  • Adherence to all Launch Vehicle Business Unit internal processes, policies, and applicable industry standards
  • Ensuring that the program team understands and adheres to contract scope, and manages change through control board activities
  • Along with the program chief engineer, conducts thorough risk & opportunity management practices including identification, mitigation and realization
  • Determining the optimum methodologies for timely and accurate data sharing via the Digital Engineering Enterprise
  • Ensure all manufacturing and test facilities needed to support product deliverables are stood up in time to meet build and test objectives
  • Functioning as a manager/leader whose decisions positively affect the financial bottom-line and employee morale and perception
  • Accountable for results that impact the performance of the mission and success of the program’s objectives

Basic Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with 9 years or Master’s degree with 7 years of related experience in a comparable management position
• Active Secret Clearance which requires US Citizenship as a pre-requisite

• Ability to Travel up to 25%

Preferred Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in business management, a technical discipline, and/or project management

• Understanding of the USAF customer team structure and familiarity with the Sentinel Program

• Experience with and working knowledge of prior ICBM (Minuteman, Peacekeeper, Trident) or missile defense systems.

• Broad program management and leadership experience over traditional functional areas

• Excellent interpersonal, written communication, and presentation skills, including the ability to communicate complex concepts clearly and succinctly to customer, government, and corporate senior leadership

• Effective in customer relations, expectation management, and building coalitions with customers, government staff, and major suppliers

• A demonstrated track record of success in positions of increasing management responsibility

• Exceptional in leading engineering, manufacturing, program management, business operations and mission assurance teams
• Program management experience transitioning from development to manufacturing
• Demonstrated experience in multi-disciplinary team building and organizational leadership of large teams

• Demonstrated communications and mentoring skills to lead highly successful technical teams addressing large and complex programmatic challenges
• Disciplined cost management experience gained from delivering results on fixed price and cost-plus contracts

• Formal Earned Value Management System (EVMS) reporting and experience
• Experience with launch vehicle, booster, and solid rocket motor development programs 

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Salary Range: $147,700 USD - $221,500 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.