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Communications Director

Requisition ID: R10066967

  • Category IconCategory: Communications
  • Location IconLocation: San Diego, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking 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.


Continue a career putting innovative and impactful communication to work supporting critical aeronautics and global surveillance technology and capability development.  Northrop Grumman is seeking a seasoned communicator to lead communications in global surveillance division.  The team of communicators in the global surveillance division support programs delivering airborne surveillance and advanced battle management capabilities.

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start.

Northrop Grumman's Aeronautics Systems is seeking a Communications Director, Global Surveillance who will report to the Head of Communications, Aeronautics Systems.  This position will be located in San Diego, CA. Consideration will be given for optional work locations including Melbourne, FL and Palmdale, CA.


This individual will lead strategy, development, messaging and execution for the aeronautics business to advance our brand and reputation as an aeronautics leader.


On the business side, you will partner with communications and functional leaders to lead the development of high-impact strategies, as well as priorities including growth priority programs and new business captures. In terms of positioning, you will lead strategy and execution for shaping executive thought leadership both internally and externally. You will also lead a team of communications professionals responsible for the day-to-day operations of these activities and manage their associated budgets. Expertise in communications strategy, editorial planning and management of content channels (preferably branded editorial), and communications measurement is required.


In this role, the selected candidate will:

·        Partner with communications leadership on the development of communications strategy – internal and external – to drive performance, reputation and engagement.

·        Partner with functional team peers on the development of content in support sector and enterprise priorities.

·        Partner with Strategy and Business Development leadership on the development of our sector integrated marketing strategy, including positioning in key priority growth areas.

·        Lead and mentor a team of dedicated communications professionals to help them achieve success in their roles; work with individual team members to support their professional development and goals; be an advocate for the communications team, and for cutting-edge resources.

·        Have a deep understanding of communications trends, best practices and technologies to reach broad audiences.


Basic Qualifications:

·        A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Marketing, Communications, Business or other liberal arts field

·        At least 10 years of experience in communications, media, marketing, and/or public relations

·        Experience leading or managing cross-functional teams

·        Strong writing skills with experience tailoring messages to a variety of audiences, particularly in translating one message for a diverse range of stakeholders

·        Expertise in strategic communications planning, including the development of measurable objectives and associated KPIs

·        Proven experience in building productive working relationships with functional and/or business leaders, including customers

·        Familiarity with communications measurement tools and best practices

·        Strong judgment and ability to remain agile in a fast-moving environment with rapidly shifting priorities

·        Budget management experience

·        Experience leading and mentoring individuals in their professional development

·        Aerospace and defense industry experience, with a familiarization of DoD and Global government customers.

·        Either an active Department of Defense Secret or Top Secret security clearance or the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense Secret and/or Top Secret security clearance and Special Compartmentalized Information access


Preferred Qualifications:

·        Excellent collaboration and presentation skills as well as the ability to effectively interface with and influence all levels of management

·        Excellent speechwriting skills, with experience in developing executive level content, talking points and statements

·        Ability to support and enhance strong communications standards, workflows and branding guidelines

·        Excellent project management skills 

We offer flexible work arrangements, phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly inclusive environment! We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to help us grow our services and become even better at what we do.

Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) provide benefits for the member, our leaders and the company. Our ERGs offer opportunities to be a friend, be active, be a volunteer, be a leader, to be recognized and to be yourself. Every ERG is inclusive of all employees! Does this sound like what you're looking for?

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.

Pay Ranges:

$141,400 - $212,200 - Florida

$163,800 - $245,600 - California

Salary Range: $141,400 USD - $245,600 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.