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Director 1 – Ultima Communications Program Manager

Requisition ID: R10051394

  • Category IconCategory: Program Management
  • Location IconLocation: Manhattan Beach, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SCI
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% 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.

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for prime satellite and payload capabilities and directed energy and electronics solutions for national security, military, and civil customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible.

Northrop Grumman Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) has an opening for a Director 1 - Ultima Communications Program Manager to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Manhattan Beach, California, and reports directly to the Wideband and Emerging Communications OU Director, and will manage a critical and strategic program within the Wideband and Emerging Communications OU and the Communications Systems BU.

As the Ultima Communications Program Manager, you will be responsible for the cost, schedule, and technical management from design through production of communication subsystems.  You will lead a group of SMEs and IPT leads across a variety of multi-disciplined hardware engineering, vehicle engineering, system engineering, quality, parts/materials, production, and I&T teams. 

In this role you will:

  • Lead a team with Intercompany Work Orders, complex subcontracts with large and small businesses, and general procurements across the United States. 

  • Participate in the definitization and baselining of the contract and any contract change negotiations.

  • Coordinate the preparation of proposals, business plans, proposal work statements and specifications, operating budgets and financial terms/ conditions of contract.  

  • Serve as primary customer contact for program activities, leading program review sessions with customers to discuss schedule and technical performance. Establish design concepts, criteria and engineering efforts for product development, integration, and test.

  • Establish milestones and monitor adherence to master plans and schedules, identifying program problems and obtaining solutions.

  • Direct the work of employees assigned to the program from technical, manufacturing and administrative areas and manage the program to the constraints of an Firm Fixed Price (FFP) program.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM discipline from an accredited university and 10 years of experience with increasing responsibility

  • Five (5) years of direct experience leading people, projects or programs to successful goal attainment

  • Experience in program execution and demonstrated ability to meet program technical, cost, and schedule milestones

  • Demonstrated ability to create trusted relationships with customers, suppliers, and internal stakeholders

  • Demonstrated ability to lead complex programs/IPT's involving engineering, business, contracts, law, supply chain, production and mission/quality assurance disciplines

  • Proven ability to lead a high performing team with evidence of being able to create an inclusive work environment that attracts, retain and inspire diverse and engaged teams

  • Proven ability to deliver effective communication verbally, written, and through well-crafted presentations across all levels of an organization

  • Demonstrated experience in hardware development programs. 

  • Active SCI clearance and/or an SSBI within the last 5 years.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters in STEM discipline or MBA from an accredited university

  • Proven experience delivering Class A space hardware on-schedule in a multi-shipset production environment, with IPT and/or Project Management experience across multiple phases of program lifecycle

  • Experience with relationship management of highly capable customers with daily communication cycles.

  • Experience leading day-to-day operations on complex programs, with proven collaboration and coordination skills across internal and external stakeholder organizations

  • Experience with resource planning across multiple phases of program lifecycle

  • Leadership experience in effective change management

  • Conflict management and negotiation skills

  • Experience with risk, issue, and opportunity management

  • Demonstrated ability to make tough decisions


Salary Range: $198,200 USD - $297,200 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.