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Solid Rocket Motor Manufacturing Fellow (Technical Director)

Requisition ID: R10028319

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Corinne, Utah, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • 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’s Propulsion Systems Business Unit within the Space Systems sector is hiring a Solid Rocket Motor Manufacturing/Process Engineering Technical Director (Northrop Grumman Fellow.) This position is located in Utah and has responsibilities at our Bacchus, Clearfield, and Promontory Utah facilities as well a team at Kennedy Space center in Florida. The Process Engineering Technical Director will be the Process Engineering technical lead and innovator for propulsions systems and serve as a resource across Northrop Grumman for Manufacturing Technologies and processes.

The technical director will provide engineering leadership, strategy and technical expertise locally to a team of SRM Manufacturing SME’s and will chair a Sector Process and Manufacturing Engineering Council. This director is responsible for leading the PS ‘homeroom’ (developing standards, command media, standard work, checklists, peer reviews) and the virtual organization of Process Engineering Technical Leaders. This role encompasses all aspects of SRM process engineering & manufacturing, helping to develop process development and manufacturing standards and efficiencies as well as contributing to the sector’s technical growth, and serving as a resource for innovative technical information. As the primary PS POC this leader will serve in a key leadership role providing oversight of the Process Engineering Technologies across campuses and a broad set of programs. This includes leading initiatives, development of technologies, setting technical standards, diagnostics and performance consulting including operational performance, leadership customer interaction and program facilitation. This position is also responsible for ensuring consideration of plant requirements for safety and quality as well as the program requirements through manufacturing processes.  

The SRM Manufacturing Engineering Fellow is responsible for driving technical superiority, Developing & Strengthening relationships, Influencing business objectives and constructing a foundation of knowledge for all areas of SRM manufacturing.

  • The NG Fellow will lead the Process Engineering team by providing direction and vision for manufacturing process development and technology advancement for SRM Manufacturing

  • The NG Fellow is the lead for the Process Engineering Technical homeroom. The homeroom is responsible for establishing the standards, expectations and training for SRM manufacturing. Creates tools or processes to make knowledge available within their discipline.

  • The NG Fellow will contribute significant influence to the overall technical vision, in areas of technological research and advancements by providing change agility expertise, and designing and developing organization change efforts necessary to achieve business long-range strategic plan (LRSP) and annual operating plans (AOP).

  • The NG Fellow also coordinates across NG with other sectors on the overall NG Manufacturing/Process engineering focus, strategy and deployment.

  • The NG Fellow will need to have strong team-building/collaboration skills and be able to reach across Propulsion Systems to resolve cross organizational issues and provide concise communication to customers and senior leadership.

The NG Fellow:

  • Is involved in attracting and capturing new business by participating in proposals, NARs and analyses of alternatives/trade studies requiring the area of technical expertise.

  • Works closely with the Value Stream Leadership and Operations Directors to assure effectiveness of support and proper adherence to operating standards and requirements

  • Executes current programs through day to day technical leadership, positively affecting program performance and influences award fee decisions

  • Is viewed as a technical leader by customers, peers and subordinates. Serves as the leader of a key SRM Manufacturing and technology.

  • Strong knowledge, experience, and technical respect relating to maximizing the value of the companies R&D expenditures and how they support stable growth.

  • Supports product design, safety, and process reviews to ensure standards are followed and best practices are implemented across all of PSD.

  • Champions company values, including safety, best practices and continuous improvement

  • Provides personnel technical development through leadership, team building, mentorship, and shared knowledge

  • Advocates for technical differentiation through innovation or synthesis

  • Participates in customer, industry, and/or academic, advisory boards or consortiums

  • Acts independently to uncover and resolve issues associated with the development and implementation of operational programs.

  • Internally, serves as the primary domain expert for a sector or significant business/technical area.

  • Designs research and develop highly advanced new applications resulting in new product/business opportunities for the company.

  • Conducts very complex scientific or technical analyses on behalf of a sector or significant business/technical area that require the synthesis of diverse disciplines and alternatives; solutions may be developed under conditions of uncertainty or where little precedent exists.

Education & Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s of Science degree in Engineering or technical field required, advanced degree in engineering preferred.

  • At least 15 years of professional experience in the defense or aerospace industries.

  • At Least 10 years of professional experience in the solid rocket motor propulsion industry (preferred)

  • Eight or more years in leadership as well as 10 years related experience in manufacturing operations or engineering.

  • Demonstrated understanding of Manufacturing: Composite Case Wind & Machine, Nozzle component and assembly, Propellant Mix and Cast, Final Assembly and Testing (large and sub-scale)

  • Demonstrated ability to establish and set the vision.

  • Demonstrated experience working with customers and executives.

  • U.S. Citizen and be able to obtain a DoD Secret Clearance.

  • Position may require domestic travel, <15%.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to lead a large and diverse group, establish clear expectations, inspire commitment, build teams, value diversity and put people first.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to apply lean thinking principles and tools in order to improve efficiency and reduce waste.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, writing, presentation and critical thinking skills.

  • Strong business acumen and a clearly demonstrated commitment to open communication and customer satisfaction.

  • Exhibits an exceptional degree of ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness.

  • Apply and/or develop highly advanced technologies, scientific principles, theories and concepts.

  • Able to communicate effectively at the highest levels.

  • Internally and externally recognized expert in one or more technical domains with SRM manufacturing.

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in achieving results through understanding and management of internal processes and customer/supplier relationships.

  • Has a network of outside technical contacts within industry, with outside experts in their discipline, and/or has a technical working relationship with a university.

  • Has recently been published or presented technical papers external to the Corporation with regard to SRM Manufacturing.

  • Active participation in professional societies or committees which work to advance or extend knowledge, practices, or processes in SRM Manufacturing.

  • Demonstrated experience in failure investigations or problem resolution within the Solid Rocket Motor manufacturing

  • Previous work involves the development or application of new technologies or advanced applications that could result in new product/business opportunities. Preferred: Holds or has applied for patents in their area of expertise

  • Energetic operations experience in Solid Rocket Propellants, preferred strong working knowledge of Propulsion Systems Hazardous Operation Standards (HOPS)

  • Must be able to obtain a DoD Secret clearance, preferred active DoD Secret clearance


Salary Range: $169,000 USD - $253,600 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

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.