Director of Program and Operations

Requisition ID: 21008848

  • Category IconCategory: Program Management
  • Location IconLocation: Huntsville, Alabama
  • Citizenship IconUS Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No –Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 50 % of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

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Northrop Grumman’s Space Launch and Missile Defense Systems Sector is seeking a Director of Program and Operations to support the Missile Defense Solutions (MDS) Business Unit located in either Huntsville AL or Colorado Springs, CO. Huntsville is the preferred location. 
The Director will provide the leadership, management, and vision to ensure performance on current programs, robust execution of development programs and capture of future program opportunities. Working with the MDS Unit Leadership Team, the position will direct strategic and operational initiatives to effectively grow the business and ensure continued financial strength and operating efficiency. The Director must possess the leadership skills to inspire others through integrity, trust, conviction, respect, and the ability to articulate strategy and lead operations. 
In this position, the selected candidate will be responsible for the following:
•    Leading and providing support to Business/Operating Unit Directors and Program Managers to enable high performing program execution.
•    Proactively identify potential program risks.
•    Oversee all status and reporting cadence for the BU (includes all weekly and monthly reports to division).
•    Support all program life cycle reviews to include new program start-up(s) and participate in existing program reviews.
•    Actively support NAR/ICE reviews of bids.
•    Will partner with Operating Unit Directors to ensure consistent and timely reporting of activities for IPRS, dashboards, metrics, MMR and division milestones.
•    Build relationships between departments and functional staff to ensure success in meeting business and operational goals /objectives.
•    Support the Long Range Strategic Plan, Annual Operating Plan and assist in the development of new business acquisition objectives.

Basic Qualifications:
•    Bachelor's degree in a technical, business or related field
•    Minimum of 15 years of experience
•    Secret clearance with the ability to be granted TS/SCI
•    Must be able to travel up to 50%
•    Experience with Defense Community customers
•    Possess a broad background with a varying portfolio of experiences including hardware, software, integration and services. 
•    Successful track record in bidding and leading programs with successful, quantifiable business results
•    Proven record in customer relations; expectation management; negotiations; and building and sustaining coalitions with customers, government support staff, and other contractors
•    Excellent interpersonal, written, and presentation skills, including the ability to clearly and succinctly communicate complex concepts and influence outcomes at the executive level
•    Successful large Program Management experience
•    Familiarity with cost plus award fee, cost plus fixed fee, firm fixed price, and cost plus incentive fee contracting and subcontracting Preferred Qualifications:
•    M.S. or MBA degree in a technical, business or related field
•    Personal technical understanding of the key concepts and methods associated with development and test operations, modeling and simulation, IT global enterprise, and warfighter support
•    Familiarity with Performance-Based Acquisition contracting (e.g., Performance Work Statement (PWS), Service Level Agreements (SLAs), Acceptable Quality Levels (AQLs))
•    Strong understanding of Northrop Grumman policies and practices and / or in a similar corporate culture
•    Strong leadership and teamwork skills
  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.    Business Acumen:  The ability to apply knowledge, insights and understanding of business and financial concepts, tools and processes to the benefit of program decisions, actions, and performance. Capture Management: Insight into customer technical and business (financial, political, cultural) requirements and the ability to shape customer expectations with a solution that satisfies their needs and is advantageous to the company. Communications:  The ability to manage communications with stakeholders through organized processes to ensure that program information is defined, collected, shared, understood, stored and retrieved in a manner that effectively meets program and stakeholder needs. Issue & Problem Resolution:  The ability to identify and address program impacts through a systematic, proactive, approach to issue and problem resolution that identifies, communicates, monitors, and promptly resolves conflicts across all levels of the program. International Program Management: The ability to effectively manage both cultural differences and ways of doing business in countries other than the United States; while ensuring that items, commodities and technologies entering or leaving the United States do so within the proper US legal and regulatory framework. Logistics: The ability to manage the maintenance and support of delivered products including spares availability; product reliability, maintainability, and testability; support equipment; modeling and simulation; training systems; prognostics and health management; field and fleet support; and program support management. Planning, Scheduling & Earned Value:  The ability to initiate, develop, integrate, execute, direct and control program plans and cost and schedule baselines that meet both program contractual requirements and stakeholder expectations. Program Growth:  The ability to recognize and respond to customer needs in order to develop additional sales that support organizational objectives.
Program Integration:  The ability to identify, orchestrate, coordinate and controls the management activities and processes that integrate program interdependencies throughout their life cycle to achieve successful program completion. Proposal Management: The ability to define proposal strategy, lead proposal teams, analyze and shape RFPs, produce and deliver winning proposals, effectively track and incorporate Review Team comments and findings, and manage post-proposal submittals (orals, finding responses). Quality:  The ability to plan and execute a project quality management system to satisfy quality requirements and create a project value system which emphasizes prevention over inspection and continuous process improvement. Requirements:  The ability to define, document, analyze, trace, prioritize, and confirm requirements throughout the entire program life cycle. Resources:  The ability to plan for, identify, estimate, cost, acquire, schedule, and retire resources needed to satisfy program requirements within organizational constraints. Risk & Opportunity:  The ability to address program uncertainty through an organized and analytical forward looking approach that identifies risks and opportunities, determines appropriate handling plans, and manages, controls, and communicates risks and opportunities throughout the lifecycle of the program. Scope, Configuration & Change:  The ability to effectively plan, define, establish, communicate, monitor, and control scope to ensure that all of the work required and only the work required is performed. Supplier & Subcontractor:  The ability to identify, select, direct and manage subcontract and supply chain elements of the program in a manner that supports program goals and company strategy. Technical Performance:  The ability to establish and apply a technical performance baseline to monitor and compare key program technical performance measures, assess program and product status, and take appropriate action to maintain conformance with the baseline. Customer intimacy: Consistently makes time to seek and incorporate input from customers and understand their expectations. Demonstrates commitment and energy to meet customer needs. Builds strong relationships with strategic partners and key suppliers. Guides program team and support functions on how to take action to satisfy customer expectations.

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