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Director of Advanced Programs – Director 1

Requisition ID: R10055466

  • Category IconCategory: Program Management
  • Location IconLocation: Linthicum, Maryland, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • 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: 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.

NG Space Systems is looking to fill a Director 1, Programs role.

The Director of Advanced Programs will lead a portfolio of programs and captures focused on the development of early phase technologies with a focus on supporting the transition to production programs within the Remote Sensing Programs Business Unit in the fast-growing Payloads and Ground Systems Division. The successful candidate will oversee the successful execution of R&D programs and continue to fill the technology pipeline with new captures. This position requires an understanding of the technologies that comprise our payload offerings, experience operating in a restricted access program environment, program management skills, proven strategic planning and business execution capabilities, as well as the ability to work collaboratively across the enterprise. This position will involve working with other NG sectors to identify new technologies with mission relevance for our customers. The selected individual must be able to interact with and influence executive level management and communicate effectively with both oral and written presentations. Program Directors are responsible for coordination and management of all phases of program execution, from inception through completion.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Manage and monitor the working of the various functional organizations supporting the program.
  • Support the various internal and external program and pursuit reviews throughout the organization.
  • Lead the development of proposals.
  • Conduct regular meetings with team to discuss issues, concerns and resolution.
  • Work in compliance with company policies and procedures.
  • Partner with business development and business management to maximize investments to develop growth opportunities.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Management, Operations or related technical fields
  • Minimum of 10 years of program management experience
  • Current Top Secret Clearance, with SSBI adjudicated within the past 5 years
  • Understanding of technical, cost, schedule impacts on a program and be able to adjudicate at reviews, ECP signoffs, and assess the technical impacts
  • Understanding of business development and capture strategies

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to lead a large, geographically diverse organization
  • Knowledge of space systems development best practices including production and delivery of space hardware
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative management style
  • Excels at operating at a fast pace in a diverse technical and programmatic environment
  • Open to direction and collaborative work style; commitment to get the job completed


Salary Range: $189,200 USD - $283,800 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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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.