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Senior Principal Business Communications Lead – Dulles, VA

Requisition ID: R10057545

  • Category IconCategory: Communications
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, Virginia, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking 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.

The Communications function at Northrop Grumman’s campus in Dulles, VA is looking for an experienced Marketing & Communications expert to lead communications for our Space Logistics LLC group. Space Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, provides cooperative space logistics and in-orbit satellite servicing to geosynchronous satellite operators using its fleet of servicing vehicles—the Mission Extension Vehicle, the Mission Robotic Vehicle and the Mission Extension Pods. Space Logistics is pioneering a new era in space and enables satellite operators to activate new markets, drive asset value and protect their franchises. As the communications lead, you will find creative ways to engage, inform and influence audiences via content-driven, omni-channel communications campaigns.

If your skillset includes strong creative and storytelling abilities, superior organizational, project management and time management skills, a borderline-fanatical attention to detail while keeping the big picture in mind, demonstrated success creating and executing both B2B and B2G marketing campaigns, and the ability to think and work quickly without sacrificing quality, you might be our ideal candidate.

If you have experience using all those skills while working with senior-level executives in the aerospace & defense industry and you geek out about all things space-related, you’ve already earned extra credit points.

More about you:

  • You’re a seasoned corporate communications, marketing or PR professional who can identify a great story and tell it via multiple traditional and digital mediums.

  • You’ve served as a strategic communications advisor to senior-level leaders, and you understand the demands that come with that level of engagement.

  • You love brainstorming, and can pitch outside-the-box tactics better than anyone you know…

  • …but you’re just as good at using traditional communications tactics to accomplish the goals your internal customers set.

  • You understand how to create short- and long-term communications campaign plans that are content-driven, targeted and measurable.

  • You’re creative, tech-savvy, and fascinated by the latest communications tools and technologies.

  • You’re familiar with and comfortable creating campaign plans that use all modern communications channels, both traditional and non-traditional.

  • You’re experienced with digital and social media, and you have a deep understanding of how to communicate via digital channels.

  • You have excellent writing and presentation skills, and you’re passionate about telling compelling stories with words, photos, videos, podcasts and graphics.

  • You live by prioritization and organization.

  • You’re positive, poised and approachable, able to work independently and in partnership with senior executives/employees, and confident in offering communications counsel to business partners.

  • You thrive in fast-paced, action-oriented environments and are able to juggle multiple projects simultaneously, reprioritize quickly and meet deadlines.

  • You have a demonstrated understanding of communications and global topics, priorities and trends.

  • You’re a little bit (or a lot bit) of a nerd, and you love all things related to space exploration and science.

  • You know how to translate engineering “geek speak” into compelling stories that showcase the amazing work we do.

More about the job:

  • You’ll report to the External Communications Manager as the Business Communications Lead for our Space Logistics, LLC group and join a broader team tasked with business, internal, crisis and executive communications, editorial and content generation, and public affairs.

  • You’ll work with a cross-functional team to design and execute strategic, omni-channel marketing, brand awareness and communication campaigns for Space Logistics LLC that inform, influence and engage demographically and geographically diverse audiences (commercial and government), some of whom are difficult to reach.

  • You’ll develop and execute audience-specific content, campaigns, and programs, along with related materials for use by multiple external and internal stakeholders.

  • In partnership with sector and corporate communications teams, you’ll plan and oversee advertising and public relations activities, including event planning and execution.

  • You’ll draft and review communications for effectiveness and consistency.

  • You’ll write, edit and lead the design of promotional and collateral materials, conference papers, social media posts, speeches, business proposals and case studies.

  • You’ll assist in the planning and execution of internal and external leadership communications activities.

  • You’ll provide detailed campaign performance reporting.

  • You’ll work with the sector and corporate communications and business development teams to ensure all activities align with overall goals and strategies.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution with 10 years minimum of related professional experience – OR – a Master’s degree with 8 years of related professional experience

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, SharePoint and OneDrive

  • Experience with Associated Press style

  • Outstanding writing skills

  • Top-notch presentation and speaking skills

  • Excellent time management skills

  • Highly organized and detail-oriented

  • Ability to work independently while managing multiple deliverables

  • Intellectual curiosity and a willingness to learn about complex, highly technical topics

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a government security clearance. U.S. Citizenship is a pre-requisite.

  • Domestic and international travel may be required

Desired Skills:

  • An active Secret, TS or TS/SCI clearance

  • Experience with audience analysis, segmentation and targeting

  • Experience with content performance measurement and analysis

About Us:

Our team is responsible for all internal and external communications activities supporting the Strategic Space Systems division of Northrop Grumman’s Space Systems business, including:

  • Employee & Site Communications

  • Public Relations & Media Engagement

  • Marketing, Advertising & Branding

  • Public Affairs

  • Executive Communications

  • Thought Leadership

  • Editorial & Content Production

  • Proposal Design & Content

  • Animation, Videography, Photography & Graphic Design

  • Events, Trade Shows & Presentation Facilities

  • The “Space in Motion” On-Site Museum

If you read all of the above and think this would be an awesome opportunity, apply and consider joining our team!


Salary Range: $103,900 USD - $155,900 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.