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Director 1 of Mission Assurance

Requisition ID: R10045825

  • Category IconCategory: Mission and Quality Assurance
  • Location IconLocation: Palmdale, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: 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.

Northrop Grumman’s Aeronautics Systems sector is hiring a Director 1 of Mission Assurance to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position is located Palmdale, California, and will have functional leadership responsibilities for the Palmdale site.  

This position will report directly to the VP of Mission Assurance for Palmdale and will be responsible for quality management integration across the site. This leader will serve in a key leadership role providing oversight of the quality management system across a broad set of programs. This includes organization diagnostics and performance consulting for operational performance, leadership, team assessment and program facilitation.

The selected candidate will be responsible for the following:

  • The on-time delivery of high-quality products and services that meet all contractual requirements and business objectives.
  • Providing leadership that fosters an inclusive, motivated and engaged work culture.
  • Managing direct/indirect budgets and capital asset expenditures.
  • Driving the continuous improvement of people (to include training & development), products, processes, systems, and services through the application of innovative technologies, lean principles, six-sigma projects, common best practices and other appropriate tools and techniques.
  • Staffing, cost, schedule, and quality performance.
  • Communications with various executive level leaders, internal workforce, and external customers.
  • Develop, maintain, and ensure compliance with mission assurance programs, policies, processes, procedures and that the performance and quality of products/processes conform to established standards, specifications, and agency guidelines.
  • Provide expertise and guidance in interpreting policies, regulatory and/or governmental regulations, and agency guidelines to assure compliance.
  • Support the development phase of programs by assuring engineering products and processes conform to internal and customer requirements.
  • Work directly with operating entities such as engineering and manufacturing to ensure that inspections, process control analyses and audits are conducted on a continuing basis to enforce requirements and compliance.
  • Provide change agility expertise, designing and developing organization change efforts in support of the long-range strategic plan (LRSP) and annual operating plans (AOP).

As a leader, you always act with integrity, and the highest ethical standards characterize everything you do. You enable your team to achieve predictable and balanced results, while satisfying the needs of internal and external partners. You treat all people with respect, and model personal growth and continuous development. You know how to build an inclusive environment that attracts, retains, and inspires a diverse and engaged team. You create trusted and valued customer relationships and communicate effectively, so that people throughout the organization feel engaged and connected to their work. You deliver excellence, strive for continuous improvement and respond vigorously to change. You ensure that your team has the information and tools needed to perform at their best. You demonstrate our committed pursuit of applying innovation to meet the requirements of our customer. You create and execute strategies that result in sustainable value creation that delivers measurable results.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have a Bachelor's degree AND 9+ years of related professional/military experience within the Aerospace and Defense industry that includes a background in leadership positions, OR a Master’s degree and 7+ years of related professional/military experience within the Aerospace and Defense industry that includes a background in leadership positions.
  • Must have an active DoD Secret clearance that is in-scope (granted or renewed in the last 6 years).
  • Must be able to attain and maintain Special Program Access (PAR) within a reasonable amount of time as determined by business needs.
  • Must have a strong background in NAS412 FOE/FOD compliance practices.
  • Must have a solid understanding on Non-Destructive Inspection methods and application per the NAS410 standards.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current Special Program Access (PAR)
  • Extensive Leadership experience, preferably within the Aerospace and Defense industry
  • 8 years of direct Aerospace Quality experience 
  • MS or MBA degree highly preferred

Salary Range: $180,200 USD - $270,200 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

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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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.