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Principal HR Business Partner / Sr Principal HR Business Partner

Requisition ID: R10045774

  • Category IconCategory: Human Resources
  • Location IconLocation: Woodland Hills, 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 an HR Business Partner to join our Woodland Hills, CA team. Our HR community is composed of incredible people with different abilities, diverse thinking and varied backgrounds who find professional fulfillment in 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 incumbent will be the focal point to consult on and assist in the implementation of HR strategy, programs and policies across multiple client groups; including talent acquisition, new employee onboarding, performance management, employee relations, compensation, reward and recognition, employee engagement and retention initiatives, succession planning, organization and staff development, leadership/bench strength development, staffing, EEO and other areas within the HR body of knowledge. In addition, the selected candidate will be responsible for project management of HR projects, and must demonstrate the ability to plan, organize, implement, and close multiple projects simultaneously on various topics within HR work streams.

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. The incumbent will have an understanding of how to successful navigate in a matrix organization and proactively identify information and resources to resolve various inquiries and situations. 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, fast-paced, and time sensitive environment.

Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

• Establish intimate understanding of the business, build and expand relationships with client leadership teams, and create close partnerships across HR, centers of excellence (COE’s), finance, and P&L organizations

• Support and partner with HR colleagues in operations, talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, employee relations, diversity and inclusion and organizational effectiveness to support talent strategies

• Identify trends, risks, and opportunities within the organization and develop solutions in partnership with division and matrix leadership, COE and regional/division HR business leadership

• Advise leadership on new ideas and winning practices in the areas of talent acquisition, assessment, development, compensation, organizational effectiveness, strategy, on-boarding, employee engagement and retention, 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 in the company’s transformation by reinforcing a culture of growth, innovation and calculated risk taking through the application of human capital strategy, tools and processes

• Partner with business leaders to on leadership development to build leadership depth to support the succession planning process

• Support and enable leaders to make informed decisions about talent and to hold their organizations accountable for business results This position requires extensive senior leadership contact and the ideal candidate with possess a track record of leadership and decision making skills with the ability to realize results in an environment of ambiguity. The incumbent must have cross-cultural awareness and communication skills to be able to effectively interact with a geographically disbursed senior leadership team.

Candidate may be required to travel up to 10% of time.

***This role may be filled as a level 3 or a level 4 based upon the below qualifications.

Basic Qualifications: Level 3:

• Bachelor's degree required plus a minimum of 6 years of experience in HR or related field

• Demonstrated ability to provide consultation on and application of HR principles, concepts, policies and practices to solve business challenges

• Proficient verbal and written communication skills, with demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with and influence others. Proficient in Microsoft office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

• Demonstrated ability to support the business and HR team with minimal task supervision, utilizing relationships to ensure alignment with organizational priorities and proactively sharing best practices for team learning and growth

• Proven ability to support cross-functional projects and teams to completion including organizing, planning, scheduling and following up on project related items

• Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance

Level 4:

• Bachelor's degree required plus a minimum of 10 years of experience in HR or related field

• Demonstrated ability to provide consultation on and application of HR principles, concepts, policies and practices to solve business challenges

• Proficient verbal and written communication skills, with demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with and influence others. Proficient in Microsoft office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

• Demonstrated ability to support the business and HR team with minimal task supervision, utilizing relationships to ensure alignment with organizational priorities and proactively sharing best practices for team learning and growth

• Proven ability to support cross-functional projects and teams to completion including organizing, planning, scheduling and following up on project related items

• Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced degree preferred in Business, Human Resource management, Organization Development, Industrial Organizational Psychology, or related field

• Working knowledge of HRIS platforms and technology, with preferred applications experience in Workday and Saba Learning Exchange (LX)

• Advanced problem solving skills and the ability to be flexible and adjust direction when needed

• Leadership consulting experience, coaching skills and knowledge of human and adult learning principles a plus

• Experience in proactive HR assessment and diagnosis of business challenges and ability to craft effective solutions

• Ability to navigate cultural and business nuances/sensitivities to promote top performance, employee engagement and inclusion


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.