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Safety and Mission Assurance Director – 2

Requisition ID: R10045818

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

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for prime satellite and payload capabilities and directed energy and electronics solutions for national security, military, and civil customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible.

Northrop Grumman Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) has an opening for Safety and Mission Assurance Director - 2 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, CA.

As the Director you will support the SSSD Safety & Mission Assurance team, which is an independent group of leaders, engineers, technicians, safety and health experts and process improvement professionals that execute the process oversight, defect and issue resolution, and proactive measures to drive the degree of rigor necessary and the use of defenses critical to mission success.  You will be accountable for day-to-day down and in execution of myriad efforts, communications and championship at the SSSD ELT level, and supporting all SSSD Programs to meet or exceed customer quality and safety requirements.  The position reports directly to the SSSD Operations Vice President, and dotted line reports to the SSSD VP and General Manager.  Strong team collaboration, effective communication and exemplar leadership characteristics are essential. 

In this role you will:

  • Partner with the SSSD ELT and organizational Directors to lead all aspects of Safety and Mission Assurance across the portfolio focusing on efforts towards mission success.

  • Interface with customer Mission Assurance counterparts, DCMA, Aerospace Corporation and other governing bodies to assure effective operations of our Quality Management Systems.

  • Support Program reviews, Space Sector initiatives and help develop and implement training, and ensure process documentation is current and accessible.

  • Collaborate across SSSD Business Units and the other Functions along with the broader NG Operations organizations ensuring strong coordination at the SSSD level.

  • Additional duties and responsibilities will be assigned as needed and as it relates to the needs of the Operations organization.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM discipline with ten (10) years of combined experience in program and functional leadership, as an IPT Lead in relevant areas

  • Proven experience and extensive knowledge of four or more of the following: Program Mission Assurance, Supply Chain Quality, Product Quality, Environmental Health & Safety, Independent Review, Event Response, Process Improvement, Analytics and Business Systems

  • Five (5) years of experience leading people, projects, and/or programs across diverse technical and non-technical teams.

  • Experience in program execution at the Program Office or major IPT level.

  • Experience with effective change management working across functions and programs.

  • Proven ability to lead a high performing team with evidence of being able to create trusted relationships, and an inclusive work environment that attracts, retain and inspire diverse and engaged teams.

  • Active SCI clearance

Preferred Qualifications:             

  • Program leadership experience across multiple business areas and customers on medium to large programs as a Prime Contractor

  • Demonstrated ability to make complex critical decisions in a timely manner

  • Experience with related areas technical areas such as Systems Safety, Reliability, Configuration Management, PM&P

  • Experience leading day-to-day operations on complex programs or large functional organizations, with proven collaboration and coordination skills across internal and external stakeholder organizations

  • Experience with risk, issue, and opportunity management

  • Understanding of how people, process, tools, systems and leadership conops operate to achieve goals

  • Proven ability to deliver effective communication verbally, written, and through well-crafted presentations across all levels of an organization


Salary Range: $216,200 USD - $324,400 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.