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Principal/Sr Principal Project Management

Requisition ID: R10040174

  • Category IconCategory: Program Management
  • Location IconLocation: Palmdale, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top 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.

Aeronautics Systems sector is seeking a Principal/Sr Principal Project Management to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals at the Palmdale CA facility

Position Summary/Responsibilities:

Serves as liaison between Program management and planning, technical managers, and line management. Reviews status of projects and budgets; manages schedules and prepares status reports. Assesses project issues and develops resolutions to meet productivity, quality, and client-satisfaction goals and objectives. Develops mechanisms for monitoring project progress and for intervention and problem solving with program managers, line managers, and customers. Potential job duties may also include, but are not limited to:

  • Working side by side with the Program Manager and Integrated Product Team (IPT) leads on all program reporting and executive level presentations.
  • Ensuring that IPT processes and products result in quality, compliant, affordable, and on-time deliverables that achieve customer satisfaction.
  • Ensures implementation of new processes and implements process improvement changes.
  • Capturing, tracking and managing meeting action items to closure.
  • Creating, maintaining, and updating meeting attendance lists and rhythm.
  • Supports Risk and Opportunity management of the IPT and program.
  • Performing/Assisting as Cost Account Manager with Technical IPT lead.
  • Adherence to budget baselines utilizing Earned Value Management (EVM) or similar cost and schedule control methodologies and tools.
  • Management of suppliers to meet program objectives.
  • Adherence to all internal processes, policies and applicable industry standards.
  • Ensuring IPT understands and adheres to contract scope and manages change through control board activities.
  • Development and adherence to plans and schedules.

Basic Qualifications at the Principal Level:

  • Bachelor’s degree, 6 years’ experience supporting U.S. Government contracts or project management in other industries Or 4 years with Master's Degree OR 10 years experience in lieu of a college degree.
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications
  • The ability to apply knowledge, insights and understanding of business and financial concepts, tools and processes to the benefit of program decisions, actions and performance.
  • The ability to manage communications with stakeholders through organized processes to ensure that program information is defined, collected, shard, understood, stored and retrieved in a manner that effectively meets program stakeholder needs.
  • The ability to identify and address program impacts through systematic, proactive, approach to issue and problem resolution that identifies, communicates, monitors and promptly resolves conflicts across all levels of the program.
  • The ability to monitor/control program plans, cost and schedule baselines that meet both program contractual requirements and stakeholder expectations.
  • Active DoD Top Secret clearance or higher (granted or renewed within the last 6 years) and ability to obtain special access clearances.

Basic Qualifications at the Sr. Principal Level:

  • Bachelor’s degree, 10 years’ experience supporting U.S. Government contracts or project management in other industries Or 8 years with Master's Degree OR 14 years experience in lieu of a college degree.
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications
  • The ability to apply knowledge, insights and understanding of business and financial concepts, tools and processes to the benefit of program decisions, actions and performance.
  • The ability to manage communications with stakeholders through organized processes to ensure that program information is defined, collected, shard, understood, stored and retrieved in a manner that effectively meets program stakeholder needs.
  • The ability to identify and address program impacts through systematic, proactive, approach to issue and problem resolution that identifies, communicates, monitors and promptly resolves conflicts across all levels of the program.
  • The ability to monitor/control program plans, cost and schedule baselines that meet both program contractual requirements and stakeholder expectations.
  • Active DoD Top Secret clearance (granted or renewed within the last 6 years) and ability to obtain special access clearances.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited university
  • Knowledge of Project Management principles and experience utilizing them professionally
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office tool suite
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification or similar
  • Strong written and verbal communication, including presentation skills to senior leadership
  • Aerospace and/or Defense Industry Experience
  • SharePoint experience

Salary Range: $83,800.00 - $125,800.00 Salary Range 2: $103,900.00 - $155,900.00


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