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Principal / Senior Principal Labor Relations Business Partner

Requisition ID: R10053215

  • Category IconCategory: Human Resources
  • Location IconLocation: Sunnyvale, 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, 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.

The Human Resources (HR) team at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking a candidate to join a growing community of committed HR professionals in Sunnyvale, CA.  Our HR community is composed of incredible people with different abilities, diverse thinking and varied backgrounds who find professional fulfillment in strategic thinking, change management, understanding and advocating for employees, supporting the coaching and development of the management team, and solving organizational challenges through our partnership with business leadership.

The selected candidate will have ownership for providing Labor Relations Business Partner Support to our Manufacturing/Production Operations organization.  Come be a part of securing our nations freedom and make a difference with the work you do.  The selected candidate will partner with leadership on the implementation of Labor Relations and Human Resources strategy, including employee relations, Union negotiations, CBA implementation, performance management, rewards and recognition, leadership selections and development and other areas as a Labor Relations subject matter expert.   The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate leadership and relationship building skills, a commitment to ethics and integrity, and the capability to innovate while challenging traditional ways of doing business. Skillful verbal and written communication talents are required, and the ideal candidate will have prior success building or enhancing a collaborative, supportive and understanding work environment in a unionized setting.  The successful candidate will demonstrate how they have supported their prior teams through organization, self-motivation and task ownership skills, with the ability to accomplish complex duties in a high-impact, time sensitive environment.

Specific duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Establish intimate understanding of the business, build and expand relationships with client leadership teams, and create close partnerships across the organizations
  • Maintain credibility as a subject matter expert in the applicable collective bargaining agreements in effect at the site. 
  • Proactively maintain collaborative relationships with Union leaders
  • Investigate and close out grievances within assigned area.
  • Identify trends, risks, and opportunities within the organization and develop solutions in partnership with leadership.  Advise leadership on new ideas and winning practices in the areas of talent acquisition, assessment, development, compensation, organizational effectiveness, strategy, on-boarding, change management and communications
  • Analyze and concisely present information to the management team to enable business growth and sound decision making
  • Provide business insight through data analysis, research and benchmarking
  • Play a key change leadership role by reinforcing a culture of growth, innovation and calculated risk taking through the application of human capital strategy, tools and processes
  • This position requires the ability to relate to a unionized touch labor workforce as well as executive senior leadership and the ideal candidate will possess a track record of leadership and decision making skills with the ability to realize results in an environment of ambiguity. 


Candidate may be required to travel up to 10% of time for domestic business, sometimes with short notice. This position can be filled at a level 3 or level 4.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required plus a minimum of 6 years of experience in Human Resources, Business Management or related field
  • Proven experience in being proactive in building relationship with leaders as well as touch labor employees
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills, with demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with and influence others. Proficient in Microsoft office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to support the business, Labor Relations team with minimal task supervision, utilizing relationships to ensure alignment with organizational priorities 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred degree in Industrial Labor Relations, Human Resource management, Business, Organization Development, Industrial Organizational Psychology, or related field
  • Experience working in a Unionized environment and an understanding of applicable NLRB practices and policies
  • Experience as a labor relations professional, responsible for maintaining relationships with Union officials
  • Change management experience
  • Proven ability to challenge and push back working with difficult people or tough client group leaders
  • Working knowledge of HRIS platforms and technology, with preferred applications experience in PeopleSoft/CHR, SAP, Taleo/Talent+  and Saba Learning Exchange (LX)
  • Advanced problem-solving skills and the ability to be flexible and adjust direction when needed
  • Experience in proactive HR assessment, diagnosis and solutioning of business challenges
  • Proven ability to lead cross-functional projects to completion including organizing, planning, scheduling and following up on all project related items
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance

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



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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.