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Advanced Automation Manager 2

Requisition ID: R10068025

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Palmdale, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Days (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.

Northrop Grumman’s Aeronautics Systems sector is currently hiring a Advance Automation Manager 2 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Palmdale, CA.  

Essential Functions:

  • Oversee and manage the daily production availability of all automated equipment. 
  • Responsible for the performance, status, sustainment, and continuous improvement of both equipment and processes.
  • Lead and manage a team of engineers responsible for a wide range of automated production processes such as drilling robots, painting robots, automated guided vehicles, and various automated technologies.
  • Establish and sustain the maximum availability of production automation through planned maintenance, optimization, and event recovery.
  • Organize a broad range of specialized training for engineering and production operation personnel. 
  • Use advanced programming and analysis tools to maintain the Automation organizations body of knowledge, establish role and responsibility requirements, recognize strengths and opportunities in employee competency, and foster team development events.
  • Determine proper staffing requirements, resource assignments, and sustain a staff of individuals to ensure our charter and customers goals are realized.

This 3/10 work schedule is - Friday through Sunday 1st “5 AM – 3:30 PM” or 2nd shift “4:12 PM – 2:42 AM” and any work schedule.

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree with 5 years of experience in production assembly/fabrication including composites, metallic, coatings application, and/or production manufacturing operations
  • Experience within the aerospace, automotive, or production related industry and/or with automated systems/machines
  • Minimum of 2 years of proven leadership experience
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project
  • Must have the ability to travel to support business requirements
  • Experience within the aerospace, automotive, or production related industry and/or with automated systems/machines
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a DOD Secret or Top Secret Clearance as well as Program Special access within a reasonable period of time, as determined by the company to meet its business needs. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's Degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Assembly automation experience, troubleshooting design and installation experience.
  • Knowledge of composite fabrication and tooling, concepts.
  • Experience designing in 3D CAD e.g. CATIA, NX, CREO etc. and a firm understanding of GD&T and tolerance stack-up
  • Project Management skills (proposal creation, scheduling, budget tracking)
  • Ability to interface/communicate with multiple levels of leadership, clients, and vendors
  • Understanding of Coordination of design and fabrication requirements for tools and fixtures with customers, both internal and external
  • Experience in the development, capture, and execution of R&D technology capabilities. 
  • Experience assessing maturity of new technology for transition to production
  • Experience with authoring proposals, technical documents, and procedures
  • Program management experience and PMP certification
  • Experience providing innovative techniques focused on improving product designs and tooling assemblies or equipment 
  • The ability to demonstrate project management skills and problem-solving skills while supporting multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience with drilling, CNC, and advanced manufacturing technologies
  • Experience with statistical analysis / green belt Six Sigma
  • Certification with using earned value management system (EVMS) for tracking project financials
  • Experience with machine controls, electrical theory, PLC ladder logic
  • Experience with robotics and robotic programing
  • Understanding and experience with CBA/ROI analysis and justification
  • Current and active DOD Secret or Top Secret Clearance

Salary Range: $130,500 USD - $195,700 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.