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Director of Integration and Test 1 – (Space/Satellite Systems)

Requisition ID: R10056416

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, Virginia, 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 Tactical Space Systems Division (TSSD) is seeking a Director 1 of Integration and Test to lead the Integration and Test team located at our Dulles, VA Satellite Manufacturing Facility (SMF).  This role leads an organization of more than 270 managers, engineers and technicians encompassing Mechanical, Electrical, Ground Support Equipment and Software disciplines and manages the daily operations at the SMF in Dulles VA. This role directs teams responsible for the complete integration and test effort for each spacecraft from subsystem assembly through launch site activities. With this Director’s guidance, the teams develop and maintain the Test and Integration Master plan that allows multiple programs across multiple customer bases to be executed simultaneously. Each team executes the entire I&T effort of each program, guaranteeing quality and optimizing costs and schedule while meeting Program and Customer requirements. The leads serve as the Cost Account Managers for the satellites during the I&T phase, interface with the program and the customer for all I&T and launch activities and review all related engineering products to ensure concurrent engineer design and the ability to build and test spacecraft.

The successful candidate is responsible for ensuring that all satellite program AI&T milestones are accomplished, including offsite launch campaigns, and ensuring that SMF is configured and maintained to accommodate multiple product lines and to execute the assembly, integration and test (AI&T) requirements of each satellite program.  The AI&T Director’s organization provides operations support to programs with customers from NASA, Foreign and Domestic Commercial Satellite Operators, and various National Security customers. The AI&T Director manages and plans all I&T Capitol Support Equipment for multiple product lines and keeps the factory in a working 5S condition. Proven competence in managing day to day operations of a multi-team site including task organization, staff development, cost and schedule management, including multiple colors of money, and other functional responsibilities in a basic expectation. A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate success in applying leadership characteristics to achieve sustainable top performance, a commitment to ethics and integrity, and the capability to innovate while challenging traditional ways of doing business.  In this role, the ideal candidate will possess the ability to balance programmatic needs to deliver results within cost, schedule, and quality parameters while encouraging and rewarding innovative behaviors through all levels of the organization.  Demonstrated abilities to build diverse and inclusive teams with high levels of engagement, including mentoring and coaching, are a must.  Excellent verbal and writing communication skills are required.  The ideal candidates will have demonstrated success in influencing the direction of Digital Transformation efforts in a production environment or production engineering discriminators, including identifying and championing change within the organization, to achieve a more competitive advantage for the business.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Provide the technical and people leadership needed to establish and maintain an exceptional Integration and Test organization within Dulles VA while continuing to harmonize with our TSSD Gilbert AZ Satellite Manufacturing location.
  • Managing budgets required for the discipline to perform their statements of work; provide functional oversight across the Integration and Test Discipline, including bid and proposal inputs for future work, independent technical reviews of major programs and R&D projects as well as organizational budget management.
  • Strong ability to manage Capital Asset forecasting, planning, maintenance and execution across the Dulles, VA location.
  • Establish and maintain the discipline specific processes and tools for TSSD. 
  • Facilitate and promote Affordability, Knowledge Management, Engineering Utilization, and other process improvement initiatives including the implementation and monitoring of metrics covering engineering efficiency and quality, as well as sharing of lessons learned and best practices throughout the organization.
  • Championing consistency across the discipline ensuring reuse, common tools and training/skill development through all levels of the organization. 
  • Ability to identify gaps, forecast potential issues to Spacecraft integration plans and schedules and the ability to apply root cause analysis skills.
  • Must be capable of strong partnership to ensure lockstep coordination with adjacent discipline areas and program manager leadership

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math – or related technical area).
  • 10 years of leadership experience leading programs, projects and personnel.
  • 10 years of Production/Systems related experience with a high proficiency in technical problem solving to include decomposition, root cause analysis, solution development, implementation and monitoring.
  • Previous work experience leading production or systems teams on a diverse range of program sizes, values and complexity. 
  • Demonstrated production/manufacturing leadership experience, preferably with experience in Space Flight hardware, R&D or Advanced Systems, technology, and/or other space/satellite systems.
  • Working knowledge of Staffing, Engineering Metrics and Training resources, processes, and tools.
  • Active or current Secret clearance with the ability to obtain SCI and TS level access.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master of Science in Engineering or other STEM discipline and/or MBA degree
  • Active TS/SCI Clearance
  • Hands-on technical experience with Spacecraft or satellite related systems
  • Experience with hardware and manufacturing organizations
  • Proven experience leading technical diverse teams across multiple locations
  • Must have experience effectively leading diverse technical teams across multiple locations
  • Adept with Agile methodology, concepts and implantation

Salary Range: $163,800 USD - $245,600 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 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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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.