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Manager Employee Communications 2 – Palmdale, CA

Requisition ID: R10110703

  • CategoryCategory: Communications
  • LocationLocation: Palmdale, CA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions 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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Manager Employee Communications 2 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Communications Division. This leadership role is located in Palmdale, CA.

As a leader, you always act with integrity, and the highest ethical standards characterize everything you do. You enable your team to achieve predictable and balanced results, while satisfying the needs of internal and external partners. You treat all people with respect, and model personal growth and continuous development. You know how to build an inclusive environment that attracts, retains, and inspires a diverse and engaged team. You create trusted and valued customer relationships and communicate effectively, so that people throughout the organization feel engaged and connected to their work. You deliver excellence, strive for continuous improvement, and respond vigorously to change. You ensure that your team has the information and tools needed to perform at their best. You demonstrate our committed pursuit of applying innovation to meet the requirements of our customer. You create and execute strategies that result in sustainable value creation that delivers measurable results. If this is YOU…keep reading!

Northrop Grumman’s Employee Communications team seeks a creative employee communications manager who is confident in being a strategic advisor, thrives on the challenge of informing and inspiring employees around business priorities and culture, loves to story tell and constantly seeks to improve through disciplined measurement, analysis and adjustment.

This position reports to the Senior Employee Communications manager for Northrop Grumman’s Aeronautics Systems sector and is located in Palmdale, California, a world-class facility and home to some of the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft.

This position offers flexibility for a hybrid work arrangement, with onsite presence required 3 days per week. 

In this job, you’ll:

  • Lead a team of Employee Communications professionals who are informing and inspiring employees and driving business priorities within the company’s Aeronautics Systems sector.
  • Serve as a partner and trusted advisor to executive leaders, providing insights, perspective and counsel on communications strategies and issues.
  • Create senior executive communications plans, including developing and measuring talking points, speeches, video scripts, employee announcements and executive summaries. Build a communications framework that guides our partners and helps them to communicate effectively during key moments in time with their employees. In partnership with others, lead and/or oversee content and logistics for executive events, including virtual and in person webcasts, recognition ceremonies, employee conferences, and site visits.
  • Develop, implement and measure employee, executive, culture and change communications strategies, plans and tactics.  Ensure all communications are consistent with the company’s strategic vision and reflect the Northrop Grumman brand. This role requires the ability to interpret business initiatives in a simple, compelling way for diverse audiences across the sector.
  • Drive continuous improvement of communications plans, tactics and processes through disciplined measurement, analysis and adjustment. Be an advocate for measurement within your team. Support your team in translating metrics into actionable intelligence for the organization.
  • Be a storyteller – conceptualize and oversee teammates responsible for foraging and producing a diverse array of inspirational content that supports our business goals and Communications objectives. 
  • Serve as a key leader and information liaison during emergencies that impact employees.

You’ll be a great fit if you:

  • Are enthusiastic about leading a team and empowering, motivating and developing them.  
  • Are poised and approachable. Have strong business acumen and experience in positively handling communications issues, demonstrating sound judgment and persuasive counseling to your team and to senior management.
  • Are a stellar project manager who lives by prioritization and attention to detail and thrives in fast-paced environments where a typical day has you juggling multiple projects simultaneously, reprioritizing quickly and meeting deadlines.
  • Enjoy event planning, project managing and organizing large events and projects (and have experience doing this successfully).
  • Love blending internal and external communications and have a track record of developing, implementing and measuring successful communications plans in collaboration with cross-functional teams.
  • Are a strong writer, with excellent editing skills and an enthusiasm for telling inspirational stories that promote a company’s culture and values.
  • Are curious, analytical and willing to challenge the status quo to propose and pilot new, creative solutions, tools and technologies using strategic rationale and business need to build your case.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, English, Marketing or a related field and a minimum of 8 years of experience, or a Master's degree in prior fields and 6 years of experience.
  • Experience in employee and executive communications .
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong judgement, problem solving and organizational skills, and superb attention to detail.
  • Proficient in Associated Press Style.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Word, SharePoint, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Security Clearance is a plus.
  • Experience leading and managing people, directly or indirectly.
  • Communications and leadership experience with large, complex organizations is preferred.
  • Experience with communications tools including website content management systems such as SharePoint and other digital communications tools such as Confluence and SmartSheet.
  • Familiarity with the Adobe Suite of products and a basic understanding of HTML is a plus.
  • Experience producing omni-channel editorial content for a newspaper, news channel, video, magazine or other venue.


Palmdale, California, is located in the greater Los Angeles area, just outside the hustle and bustle of city congestion. Take advantage of your flexible work schedule to enjoy local recreation, including hikes along the Wrightwood trails inside the majestic San Gabriel Mountains. Prefer the beach or the city?  You’re only a drive away from some of California’s most beloved beaches, restaurants, museums, boating ports and entertainment in Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Orange County.

Inside our Palmdale site, consider joining one of several Northrop Grumman Recreation Clubs, ranging from sports and fitness activities to technology and the arts.

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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.


Salary Range: $122,200 USD - $183,400 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

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.