Media & Public Relations Manager 2/3

Requisition ID: R10010127

  • Category IconCategory: Communications
  • Location IconLocation: Linthicum - MD, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Occasional/Part-Time 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.

Climb to new heights on your journey when you start defining possible with Northrop Grumman. Enjoy a purposeful career in the aerospace and defense industry that is essential to the way we connect and protect our world across every frontier. Bring your experience and take advantage of this opportunity to discover how you can start to push past possible and achieve your goals today.

Northrop Grumman is looking for a Media Relations Manager to support the company’s Mission Systems Sector, responsible for leading, developing, planning, executing and measuring earned media communication strategies in partnership with program and functional communicators and in alignment with the company’s business priorities.

Your communications expertise will play a critical role in continuing to position the company as an innovation and technology thought leader as we pursue solutions to advance these important enabling capabilities. The position location is flexible as long as it is located near a major Northrop Grumman Missions Systems facility in order to satisfy onsite requirements from time to time, at the discretion of the reporting director and needs of the business. (Major locations include DC Metro area, including Baltimore, MD and Falls Church/Dulles/McLean, VA; Rolling Meadows, IL and San Diego, CA).

Join a team of dedicated professionals who are pioneering the future and reimaging storytelling around technologies that are defining what’s possible for the next generation. The Media Relations Manager is responsible for ensuring all media engagements align and support the company’s overall media strategy and reflect priorities at both the business and company level. As part of that responsibility, the Manager supports business communicators to identity the most impactful and strategic opportunities aligned to the company’s media engagement strategy, including opportunities to promote important milestones, enhance customer engagement events and more.

The Media Relations Manager is also responsible for ensuring company spokespeople are prepared for media events and all logistics are secured in addition to engaging with reporters and public affairs officers, when necessary, and ensuring those engagements are properly tracked and shared. In this role, you will also lead the media monitoring requirements associated with the business and enterprise priorities for which the Mission Systems sector is aligned. In addition, you play a critical role in the enterprise public release procedures for the specific businesses you support, coordinating with content submitters and reviewers to ensure consistent brand standards and legal, security and competitive requirements, among others. In this position, you work in constant collaboration with other communicators across the company to help inform the strategy and approach to your media and public relations communications on behalf of the businesses you support.

If you are a strategic and savvy media relations professional who enjoys a dynamic, collaborative work environment and has a strong ability to manage your own time, work autonomously to shape and drive your portfolio and you have an innovative spirit with a passion for strategic thinking to achieve top performance, please read on.

How you will make a difference:

  • Lead an external earned media portfolio designed to elevate company thought leadership on priority technology focus areas that support an enterprise narrative focused on innovation
  • Partner with program communicator colleagues to develop a strategic approach to media relations, including proactive and reactive media interviews, pitches, events, news products, digital presence and more 
  • Work in partnership with communicators across your portfolio to direct, prepare and position company-wide subject matter experts for strategic communications opportunities across earned channels as well as proper public release of related materials and maintain coordination and collaboration with the Brand team on a steady social presence/narrative to promote the business priorities to which you are aligned
  • Prepare and share regular results and metrics on media relations efforts at a variety of levels within the company and leverage those results to evolve strategies and approaches to achieve intended communications and business goals
  • Stay informed on industry news and flag issues and trends for appropriate internal stakeholders
  • Lead, mentor and develop media and public relations professionals across the company

Skills for success:

  • Experience developing and executing strategic media relations communications plans to achieve business objectives and advance thought leadership
  • An ability to identify and leverage news cycles to advance company thought leadership in priority focus areas; execute press events from conference calls to media interviews, site visits and other press events and support internal media training, messaging sessions and external media engagements
  • Effective AP writing and editing skills, with an ability to draft all types of news content from news releases and news features to long form articles for placement on owned channels
  • An ability to confidently and independently interact with executive leadership
  • Comfort with change in a fast-paced, empowered work environment with strong collaboration and alignment to company priorities
  • Strategic thinking, planning and decision-making
  • High level of attention to detail and creativity
  • A commitment to quality work and accountability for results

This is a dual level req that can be filled as a Manager level 2 or 3.


Basic qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 10 years of experience or Master’s degree and minimum or 8 years of experience in media relations, communications, public relations or public affairs for a medium- to large-sized organization
  • Experience leading people
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the developing, deploying and activating strategic media & communication campaigns with measurable business impact
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time; travel may include intra-office within the DC metro area, as well as other sites, in support of the business, as needed

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience working in a large, matrixed and/or geographically dispersed organization
  • Experience developing productive relationships with executives
  • Experience in technology, aerospace, defense or other science-related business or government field
  • Sound judgement in decision making and leadership actions with capabilities to drive change through creative and/or other disruptive methods, ideas & approaches
  • Experience with CISION Media Monitoring & Measurement and MuckRack reporter database tools
  • Familiarity with and/or exiting relationships with key journalists in/across aerospace and defense media

Salary Range: 110900 - 174200
Salary Range 2: 131000 - 205800

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. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 ( we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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.

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We offer an array of benefits to give you the support you need, including matching 401K, tuition assistance, health insurance and wellness options, coaching, mentoring and more.