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Mission Assurance Program Director 1

Requisition ID: R10057528

  • 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, 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 System sector is hiring a Mission Assurance Program Director 1 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals supporting the Strike Division. The Mission Assurance Program Director has responsibility for quality requirements across the Strike portfolio by providing leadership and management to assigned personnel. This leadership opportunity will be located in Palmdale, CA.

In this role, you will be serving as Mission Assurance Program Director responsible for all Quality related activities across the product life cycle. You will be responsible for the oversight of Mission Assurance employees and program operations in multiple sites including Palmdale, California and Melbourne, Florida.

This position requires managing and leading key program meetings including the Preventive Corrective Action Board (PCAB), Management Reviews, and Customer Reviews. The MA Program Director will regularly interface with internal and external customers regarding requirements and understanding stakeholder expectations, and develop controls that build confidence for process execution.

The selected candidate will have excellent communication skills and the ability to prepare and present to the customer and the Strike Leadership team. This role also requires a candidate that can be strategic, think outside of the box, and be successful in a very demanding and challenging environment.

The role is responsible for:

  • Supporting the Strike Quality Management System and ensure adherence to corporate/sector policies and procedures as well as contractual quality requirements.
  • Ensuring timely support and flow down of sector/division goals and key operating factors to include support of the Strike affordability goals.
  • Partnering with other Directors within the Strike organization.
  • Maintaining the Program Quality Plan(s)
  • Provides oversight for all Mission Assurance budgets for the program
  • Developing and approving Mission Assurance input for proposals
  • Staffing and daily management of Mission Assurance personnel assigned to the Strike program in all locations (Quality Engineering, Inspection, Software Quality, Design Assurance, and Supplier Quality).
  • Provide direct interface with customer across all locations
  • Interface with the Mission Assurance homerooms supporting Strike to ensure resources are properly applied.
  • Defines and monitors mission assurance program specifications and processes to ensure success.
  • Assesses program performance and risks, and validate performance metrics reporting.

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 you 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 develop 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.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree AND 10+ years of related professional and/or military experience that includes a background in the aircraft, aerospace, and/or manufacturing industries and within leadership or team lead roles, OR a Master’s degree AND 8+ years of related professional and/or military experience that includes a background in the aircraft, aerospace, and/or manufacturing industries and within leadership or team lead roles.
  • Must have an active DoD Secret clearance.
  • Must be able to attain and maintain Special Program Access (PAR)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current Special Program Access (PAR)
  • DoD Top Secret clearance
  • Experience in root cause and corrective action processes
  • Strong orientation to change in a dynamic and logistically challenging environment
  • Advanced level of understanding of complex quality policies, procedures, and governmental regulations
  • Ability to analyze alternative courses of action where decisions have risk/reward implications for program or area of influence
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to all levels of any organization


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 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.