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Principal/Sr. Principal HR Business Partner

Requisition ID: R10044361

  • Category IconCategory: Human Resources
  • Location IconLocation: Palmdale, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (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’s Aeronautics Systems sector is currently hiring a Principal or Sr. Principal Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Human Resources organization.  This HRBP will be responsible for implementing our human capital strategy in support of clients primarily in Palmdale, CA, and will require occasional travel to various sites.

Primary responsibilities include serving as the business partner and consultant to internal client groups to help build organizational capability to meet sector and organizational strategic goals. Incumbent will develop and implement value-added HR programs and initiatives as well as support all aspects of HR for assigned client group. The selected candidate must be able to work in partnership with client groups and HRBP peers across multiple sites.

Additional background and experience:

  • Ability to drive HR initiatives (can start with a blank sheet, design a plan/program/process and execute on a timeline)
  • Strong relationship building skills; proven track record of building collaborative partnerships as the basis for being able to influence direction and drive change
  • Strong consulting skills; able to dissect the root cause or core problem to solve and bring appropriate solutions and resources to bear
  • Deep talent mindset coupled with practical experience in driving leader development
  • Proven track record of being able to assess, diagnose and design creative and innovate organizational solutions
  • Strong analytical skills; able to translate business strategy into implications for workforce (hiring, shaping, etc.)
  • Strategic thinking – sees the big picture and connects the dots; also dives into the details as necessary
  • Strong technical competence across one or more HR disciplines:
    • Compensation
    • Staffing/Talent Acquisition
    • Leadership Development
    • Talent Management
    • Organization Design/Development
    • Employee Relations

Key Leadership Traits:

  • Unwavering ethics and values; trusted partner
  • Strong partner and team player; focused on organizational and team success
  • Never satisfied with status quo; always pushing for improvements and change
  • Excellent business acumen; focused on how HR processes and tools accelerate business results
  • Embraces ambiguity
  • Solution-oriented; balances qualitative and quantitative measures

This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below.

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Human Resources Business Partner:

  • Bachelor’s degree in HR, Psychology, Labor Relations, Business or related field with 5+ years of strong progressive HR Generalist experience including experience implementing HR programs and processes preferably in a manufacturing and / or engineering environment – OR – a Master's degree with 3+ years of the required experience.

Basic Qualifications for a Sr. Principal Human Resources Business Partner:

  • Bachelor’s degree in HR, Psychology, Labor Relations, Business or related field with 9+ years of strong progressive HR Generalist experience including experience implementing HR programs and processes preferably in a manufacturing and / or engineering environment – OR – a Master's degree with 7+ years of the required experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint


Salary Range: $83,800 USD - $125,800 USD
Salary Range 2: $103,900 USD - $155,900 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 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.