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Program Manager 3

Requisition ID: R10042510

  • Category IconCategory: Program Management
  • Location IconLocation: Goleta, California, 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, 25% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 2

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 Northrop Grumman Space Components, Deployables Operating Unit (OU) is a leading supplier of advanced Deployable Reflectors, Solar Arrays, Boom and other structures and mechanisms for Spacecraft and other space-related applications.  In addition, the unit also designs and produces microwave EW and slotted waveguide antennas for aircraft.  We are seeking Program Managers to support operations in our Goleta, CA and Oxnard, CA facilities.


Reporting to the Deployables Director of Programs within the Deployables OU, the Program Manager 3 will be responsible for managing key programs within the Deployables business portfolio and providing functional management to other Program Managers within the OU.  This PM3 will require technical expertise, strong leadership and collaborative people skills with the proven ability and experience to work within a technically dynamic, high-growth, fast-paced and strategically important operating unit.


  • Manage a small group of (up to 5) PMs, responsible for functional management, performance reviews, growth opportunities and hiring new PMs

  • Lead and direct cross-functional engineering teams during proposal, design, manufacturing, and delivery phases of products in development and production phases

  • Transition designs to manufacturing, working with the technical team to identify ways to streamline manufacturing and assembly processes, achieving required delivery rates and reduced cost targets

  • Develop and execute to project budgets and schedules, including Earned Value Management System (EVMS), critical path management, Estimates-at-Completion (EACs), and workload forecasts

  • Work with suppliers and be able to articulate project requirements

  • Brief internal and external customers and leadership on progress of work assigned

  • Lead failure root cause analysis and corrective actions as needed

  • Track and report on program performance metrics including EACs and schedule performance

  • Establish milestones and monitors adherence to master plans and schedules

  • Identify program problems and obtains solutions, such as allocation of resources or changing contractual specifications

  • Work closely with leadership to ensure full compliance with Division, Corporate, and Government policies

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or technical discipline

  • 15+ years of Program or Project Management experience or similar (e.g. Lead IPT (Integrated Product Team), or Lead NPT (New Product Team) or Systems Engineering lead

  • Experience in design for manufacturing and transition to production programs

  • Gated design development experience (PDR, CDR)

  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills

  • Proven analytical, technical, strategic and problem-solving skills

  • Proficient in MS Office Suite and MS Project

  • US Citizenship is a requirement for employment 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Space Deployable Structures and Mechanisms

  • Prior functional management experience a plus

Working Environment & Physical Demands:

  • Travel to customer site and/or within the Operating Unit to Oxnard, CA, up to 25% of the time; both domestic and international travel as required

  • Ability to sit and/or stand for extended periods of times and light physical effort as required

Salary Range: $171,000 USD - $256,400 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.