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Digital Design Core Functional Lead – Manager Systems Engineering 3

Requisition ID: R10088057

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: McLean, VA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 25% 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.

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems and technology that impact people’s lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future and have a lot of 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 are making history.

The Defense Systems Sector Digital Transformation team seeks a Digital Design Core Functional Lead (CFL) to support the development of future digital engineering capabilities for the sector and support the enterprise as part of the newly formed corporate Digital Transformation Office (DTO). The selected candidate will support the development of a portfolio of next-generation enterprise Digital Engineering capabilities. These capabilities will drive enhanced collaboration with manufacturing and supply chain as well as advancements in modeling and simulation, digital thread, design automation and Dev*Ops. The candidate will also help shape Defense Systems’ Digital Engineering strategy and lead projects that deploy our next-generation Digital Engineering capabilities to sites throughout Defense Systems. The primary location for this position is McLean, Virginia but the selected candidate can work on-site at one of our major Northrop Grumman sites such as (Huntsville, AL, Rocket Center, WV, Elkton, MD, Plymouth, MN, Oklahoma City, OK, Lake Charles, LA, Warner Robins, GA, and Orlando, FL).

This position reports to the Defense Systems Sector Director of Engineering and will be matrixed to the Defense Systems Sector Director of Digital Transformation. The primary responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with the Defense Systems Sector Director of Engineering and operating divisions to incorporate digital engineering into functional roadmaps, improvement plans, policies and technical talent needs.
  • Identify the right digital engineering processes and tools to use to solve our Defense Systems programs challenges
  • Help teams implement digital engineering processes, such as Agile, Dev*Ops, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Virtual Simulation & Testing, and Model Based Engineering practices and tools
  • Oversee the performance of geographically separated Agile teams and work effectively with cross-functional and cross-sector individuals within those teams
  • Consult with teams and engineers, including direct participation in working sessions, to provide guidance, and help them work through challenges related to adopting digital engineering
  • Some engineers are new to Digital Engineering, and you’ll help them get up to speed and become effective practitioners
  • Develop and summarize status, data and metrics to support project reviews with the DTO and Defense Systems senior leadership
  • Provide informal training on digital engineering processes and tools
  • Develop and maintain the DTO digital engineering vision and roadmaps for the candidate’s capability portfolio
  • Define a common baseline enterprise change management approach for deploying the candidate’s digital capability portfolio
  • Functional management responsibility (staffing, career development, performance reviews, etc) for 5-10 DS sector engineering staff that support various Digital Transformation projects

Basic Qualifications:

  • A Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) bachelor’s degree and at least 9 years of experience or a master’s degree in or higher in STEM and at least 7 years of experience supporting execution of technical projects, captures, or functional teams
  • Ability to travel to other Northrop Grumman sites at least 25% of the time
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 2 years of experience in a technical leadership role with demonstrated ability to integrate cross functional teams 
  • Experience configuring, integrating, and deploying commercial software solutions (ex CAMEO, DOORs, JIRA, STK, CREO, Teamcenter, etc) and tool-to-tool interfaces to enable the product development lifecycle
  • Ability to coach others throughout the organization to manage key elements of the transformation
  • Experience with agile execution and common tools such as JIRA, Confluence, Sharepoint, Excel
  • Diverse capture (proposal, capture, BD) program, or functional experience from life cycle (Design, Build, Sustain), to type (Fixed Price, Cost Plus, T&M) and beyond. Experience managing execution (cost, schedule, risk/opportunity, resource management/staffing), and reporting status.
  • Ability to roll-up sleeves to design digital solutions, deploy/implement solutions, and clearly communicate value
  • Experience communicating detailed information quickly and easily to functional and program leadership
  • Builds and manages key stakeholder relationships with the ability to influence (sector and enterprise functional leadership, programs, divisions, peers and customers, without direct authority.  An effective communicator at various levels.  Acts as a change champion to inspire and excite workforce to adopt DT solutions
  • Builds followership; Build and lead a high performing, diverse team to successfully execute throughout your Sector.  Identify program “change agents” to maximize digital solution adoption.
  • Ability to develop sector, or program-wide objectives, strategies or roadmaps and communicate the strategic development and implementation plan.
  • Ability to identify new opportunities and apply emerging technologies to the portfolio enabling Engineering efficiency throughout the Enterprise. Collaborate with peer CFL’s at each Sector to influence supplier development strategies to enable and accelerate Digital Transformation. 
  • Understanding of various indirect project types and funding processes – Capital, NCTA, IRAD, Overhead
  • Understanding and experience with Organizational Change Management and driving business change
  • Understanding of the Sector functional priorities and how digital transformation solutions can be applied to meet the Sector's strategic objectives.  Ability to develop strategic roadmaps including plans to incorporate new/emerging technologies and drive the develop and plan investments required to meet the roadmap 
  • Experience leading cross-functional engineering teams
  • Systems design skills/systems thinker – demonstrated experience applying systems thinking skills and systems engineering techniques to meet complex system requirements 
  • Active security clearance

Salary Range: $152,100 USD - $264,100 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.