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Mission Assurance Manager 3

Requisition ID: R10055581

  • Category IconCategory: Mission and Quality Assurance
  • Location IconLocation: Sunnyvale, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Days (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 Marine Systems is seeking a Mission Assurance Manager 3 to lead Quality Engineering and Mission Assurance activities in support of Marine Systems Business Unit operations in Sunnyvale, CA. The manager should be knowledgeable in aerospace and/or military quality and mission excellence processes and requirements.

As a key leader, partner and essential member of the Quality and Mission Excellence leadership team in the Marine Systems Business Unit, the Manager 3 will lead a high performing team of quality engineers, quality analysts and mission assurance personnel to support company operations and achieve high levels of customer satisfaction.

Note: This requirements of this position are expected to allow for some flexibility to work in a hybrid teleworking role, subject to Program and organizational needs.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Leads collaboration with Engineering, Manufacturing, Supplier Performance Management/Supplier Quality and Global Supply Chain to ensure quality is inherent in every requirement, design, work product, and end-product delivered by Northrop Grumman
  • Engages on the shop floor and in work activities to provide direct support as needed while additionally coaching and mentoring facility personnel in quality methods and procedures
  • Establishes and manages performance metrics to facilitate continuous improvement activities
  • Ensures policies, procedures, and processes are in place to assure the performance and quality of products with conformance to established standards, specifications and customer requirements
  • Leads root cause and corrective action analyses (RCCA) and failure investigations for high impact issues and teaches/coaches/mentors personnel in use of RCCA for lower level issues
  • Leads efforts to identify and mitigate quality and performance risks using advanced product quality planning (APQP) methods, FMEAs, and early design and supplier engagement
  • Ensures compliance with the Quality Management System through execution of internal surveillances and audits
  • Develops and operates within departmental budgets for indirect costs and overhead
  • Manages program budgets, schedules, program EACs and performance using Earned Value Management for the quality scope on programs
  • Provides guidance  and mentoring to direct reports based on goals, objectives, and company policy
  • Provides performance reviews and periodic feedback for all direct reports

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a technical field plus at least 14 years related work experience or equivalent additional experience, or Master’s Degree plus at least 12 years related work experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication, data analysis and problem solving skills
  • Extensive prior work experience in the application of quality principles and practices (e.g., quality engineering, inspection, material review, etc.) related to the engineering and manufacture of machinery and structures
  • Ability to successfully engage at all levels of the organization, from the shop floor to executive leadership, to provide solutions and coach and mentor others in the use of quality principles and practices.
  • Experience with Earned Value Management.
  • Ability to document, plan and manage projects
  • Demonstrated problems solving skills in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience applying advanced product quality planning and mission assurance practices (e.g., risk reduction, system engineering principles, and full life cycle product support)
  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal oversight and in a multi-discipline team environment, providing insight and solutions to complicated technical issues
  • Demonstrated experience in acquiring, developing, and leading teams of professional employees
  • Able to work and lead effectively in a team setting
  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to obtain a DOD security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with ISO 9001 or AS9100 based quality management systems
  • Experience conducting or managing internal audits
  • Experience with supplier quality and DOD contracts
  • Expertise in Earned Value Management
  • Prior Navy submarine electrical generation, launch system, or propulsion systems experience


Salary Range: $155,400 USD - $233,200 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.