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Director of Supply Chain Programs 1

Requisition ID: R10065700

  • Category IconCategory: Global Supply Chain
  • Location IconLocation: Linthicum, Maryland, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Days (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 Space Systems is seeking a Director of Supply Chain Programs. This position will be located in Linthicum, Maryland and will lead the day-to-day supply chain execution for the Remote Sensing Programs (RSP) Business Unit. This position reports directly to the Payload & Ground Systems Division (PGSD) Senior Global Supply Chain Director and reports on a dotted-line to the Vice President (VP) of the RSP Business Unit.

The Director of Supply Chain Programs will lead a diverse team of experienced Managers of Supply Chain Programs responsible for major subcontractors as well as complex Bills of Material (BOMs) across various Integrated Product Teams (IPT) within the RSP BU. The selected candidate will support the VP of the RSP BU with responsibility for program excellence in all phases/facets of the program lifecycle (capture/proposal, strategy, material finance/CAM management, and execution). This Director’s responsibilities will include collaborating with senior level division, BU, and program executive leadership to understand business requirements and identify and manage the needs for subcontracts and material across the program. The selected candidate will be a high performing, experienced supply chain leader who is goal-oriented and well equipped to partner with a wide range of internal stakeholders to support Corporate, Sector, PGSD, and RSP Business Unit objectives, including program performance and business growth. To do this, they will leverage a solid understanding of the Global Supply Chain and be knowledgeable in the engineering, contracts, manufacturing, information technology, and mission excellence areas and how they impact delivery of supply chain materials and services. The selected candidate will have a proven ability to engage with suppliers to resolve schedule and quality issues, contracts, negotiate pricing, as well as knowledge in compliance areas.


  • Responsible and accountable for the strategy, planning, and execution of all material and services content for the RSP Business Unit.

  • Act as the main focal point for the executive Program Management Office (PMO) for the entire supply chain and coordinates cross-functionally to ensure that all supply chain commitments are met, and that appropriate mitigation plans are developed and executed to address any programmatic risks related to suppliers.

  • Briefs the PMO and executive management on the status and issues affecting Program cost and schedule performance.

  • Implement strategies and actions to ensure timely delivery of materials and subcontract services in support of program needs.

  • Ensure that prior to program execution, all elements of the proposed program(s) plans have complete and accurate schedules, budgets, make/buy plans, and procurement and subcontracts strategies.

  • Demonstrated success in leading and developing cross functional teams and in interfacing with customers and major subcontractors in an IPT structure.

  • Accountable for resource planning, material cost, forecasting, schedule performance, risk/opportunity management, supplier performance, and supply chain issue resolution.

  • Support achievement of RSP Business Unit and PGSD financial commitments through program GSC cost account management (CAM), material finance, and supplier management.

  • Drive continuous improvements in supply chain/subcontracts related processes via collaboration with other functions, programs, and the extended supply chain

  • Ensure compliance with the wide range of regulatory and other requirements and achieve supplier diversity requirements.

  • Collaborate across sectors with manufacturing, global chain, mission assurance, and engineering to ensure successful end item customer delivery of material and subcontracted items.

  • Develop a high performing team by focusing on workforce development and employee experience.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Engineering and/or technical discipline and a minimum of 10 years’ experience (or 8 years with a Masters) in defense or aerospace systems and/or management in development or production projects

  • Minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience leading and/or managing teams

  • DoD Top Secret Clearance

  • Must be able to work on-site in Linthicum, Maryland

  • Direct experience working and collaborating across multiple Functions, IPTs and Projects

  • Strong leadership, communication, strategic thinking, change management, and analytical skills

  • Demonstrated experience developing, growing teams and shaping a performing culture

  • Experience with a broad range of supply chain areas including risk management, terms and conditions, negotiations, contract types (fixed price and cost type), and post award management

  • Significant experience in managing a broad range of suppliers and subcontractors including providers of complex components/assemblies/systems, services, and commodities

  • Strong executive communications skills with the ability to lead, influence, and collaborate with a diverse set of leadership stakeholders

  • Experience with specific regulations and compliance practices governing defense contractor supply chain activities (e.g., FAR, DFARS, ITAR, other)

  • Proficiency using MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Rigorous knowledge of metrics, performance tracking, and data integrity

  • Thorough knowledge of supply chain tools including SAP, eTools, and Business Intelligence systems

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Engineering and/or technical discipline and a minimum of 15 years’ experience (or 12 years with a Masters) in defense or aerospace systems and/or management in development or production projects.

  • DoD Top Secret/SCI Clearance.

Salary Range: $171,900 USD - $257,900 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

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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  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
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  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.