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Director 1, Operations Program Engineering – NTS Operations

Requisition ID: R10091998

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Rolling Meadows, IL, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available 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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

The Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Sector in Rolling Meadows, IL has an immediate opening in Navigation, Targeting, & Surveillance Operations for a Director 1, Operations Execution Management position. This position will

report directly to the Director, of Operations Programs, Manufacturing, and Control for Rolling Meadows.

The individual will be responsible for operating in a team environment

supporting the Electronic Warfare & Targeting Business Unit.  The individual will work with the BU leadership, program managers, customers, and peer

organizations to lead our operations teams to improve operational efficiency,

implement optimal solutions and define end-to-end operations, integration & test strategies, and facilities. This individual will be the primary point of

contact for all operations needs of the BU.

The individual must be knowledgeable of the business acquisition process, program life cycle, manufacturing capabilities, scheduling techniques,

continuous improvement strategies, compliance requirements, and financial practices to execute cost and schedule objectives and implement strategic initiatives.

The Director must possess strong leadership abilities, excellent

communications skills, and effective problem-solving capabilities. The individual will be responsible for recruiting and mentoring future leaders,

training, skill development initiatives, and promoting engagement and inclusion activities. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to influence up and down the chain of command is required, as is a proven track record of innovation, problem-solving, and career development.  The Director will represent Operations at all required levels within this BU to achieve Program and Operations objectives to support the Annual Operating Plan. The Director will align the business area and operations strategies,

execution roadmaps, and investment opportunities to drive the BU’s Long Range Strategic Plan.

Responsibilities include:

  • Primary Operations interface with the Program Office, Business Management, and Engineering; representing Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, and Mission Assurance on all aspects of production programs.
  • Overall responsibility for managing proposals, production planning, and execution of production programs, while monitoring and addressing all cost, schedule, performance, and quality issues
  • Lead multifunctional teams, including Operations functional support organizations, to ensure all program and operations goals and objectives are met.
  • Acts as the key point of contact for senior leadership on all contract and program-related matters.
  • Provides oversight and accountability for all OPM-related activities to ensure compliance with company objectives and obligations.
  • Manages all financial and budgetary aspects of their organization.
  • Ensures the department is adequately staffed to meet business demands.
  • Responsible for employee development, performance management, and employee engagement activities

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 10 years of related experience in an operations environment
  • 5+ years of direct people leadership experience
  • Working knowledge of SAP and Material Requirements Planning (MRP) systems
  • Experience developing proposals and managing program execution with a demonstrated ability to create, track and meet schedules.
  • Experience with the execution and cost management of programs
  • Working knowledge of financial management including projects, process control, and budgets
  • Demonstrated communication skills both verbal and written.
  • The ability to obtain a Secret clearance; US citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in STEM-related discipline or MBA
  • A current Secret clearance
  • A career history that demonstrates progressive leadership experience in manufacturing/production, operations, program management, or related area
  • A background in and understanding of manufacturing and or engineering processes, technologies, and programs. 
  • Experience in proposals, business development, acquisitions, and associated customer interactions 
  • Product transition from development to production methodology and implementation
  • Knowledge & experience in Manufacturing and Supply Chain as well as a strong customer domain knowledge
  • Experience supporting cross-sector initiatives and/or programs.
  • Work that crosses the typical organizational, site, and sector boundaries that consolidates, and transfers manufacturing operations.
  • Continuous improvement and problem-solving tools and techniques


Salary Range: $161,000 USD - $241,700 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.