Search All Jobs

Sr Principal Project Management

Requisition ID: R10078235

  • 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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Senior Principal Project Manager to join our Strike team. The selected candidate will be part of the Program Integration Team supporting onsite in Palmdale, CA, with some travel between those Palmdale and Rancho Bernardo as required.  The overall responsibilities include executable tasks that will enable IPT leadership to achieve operational excellence.

This position oversees and manages the operational aspects of ongoing projects and serves as liaison between project management and planning, project team, 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 project managers, line managers, and clients.

This role reports to the Lab Manager. Primary duties will include SW/HW License management, property management, managing staffing of the integration team, and facilitating cross-IPT and cross-Business Area integration, managing the operational aspects of ongoing projects, and serving as liaison between Sub-IPT managers, IPT employees, and other program Functions.


Regular responsibilities may include the following:

  • Supervising and facilitating the Peer Review process and CPATS training compliance
  •  Support of Staff meetings including meeting facilitation, chart compilation, and action item tracking
  • Data aggregation and reporting on charging metrics and financials from MPM data
  • Oversight of Change Request process and collection of impacts
  • Updates and improvements to team SharePoint site and knowledge base resources
  • Scheduling and promoting engagement activities including lunch and learns, team recognition, business area highlights, and composition of periodic highlights for newsletters
  • Tracking overall IPT staffing including organization structure and roles, open needs (requisitions), incoming employee onboarding, Heads on Board (HOB), and IPT departures
  • Maintaining organization charts
  • Submission and tracking of IPT Program Access Requests (PARs)
  • Support of new business proposal writing and team organization
  • Assessment of project issues and development of resolutions to meet productivity, quality, and client-satisfaction goals and objectives. Development of mechanisms for monitoring project progress and for intervention and problem solving with project managers, line managers, and clients.
  • Conduct business travel up to 25% of the time from assigned work location to Palmdale or Rancho Bernardo, CA.
  • Must be highly detail-oriented, organized, proactive, and a skilled communicator.


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and 10 years of experience in Project Management, Program Integration/Execution; 8 years with Master's degree for an A04, or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and 15 years of experience in Project Management, Program Integration/Execution; 13 years with Master's degree for an A05
  • Current, active DoD Top Secret Clearance within 4 years of last investigation / adjudication
  • Skilled use of Microsoft Office Products (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Project)
  • Working knowledge of Project Management principles
  • Ability to obtain and maintain Special Program Access


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current Special Program Access
  • Master's Degree
  • Project integration experience
  • Supplier management experience
  • Risk/issue/opportunities (RIO) experience
  • Experience in SCIF/SAPF environments
  • Control Account Manager (CAM) experience/certification
  • Scheduling experience
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
  • Proposal writing experience
  • Experience and ability to autonomously assess complex problems and decompose them into a plan of action while coordinating across a large, diverse team of program, business, and technical SMEs.
  • Aerospace and/or Defense Industry Experience

Salary Range: $103,900 – $155,900 for Sr. Principal Project Management

At Northrop Grumman, we are on the cutting edge of innovation-- building the next generation of sophisticated aircraft to protect our country. Our diverse portfolio of programs means there are endless paths to cultivate your career. We are well-known for our inclusive, family environment, as well as our excellent work/life balance. We also offer exceptional benefits/healthcare, a 9/80 schedule, and a great 401K matching program


Salary Range: $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.



Apply Now

Search All Jobs

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.