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Value Stream Leader Manufacturing Operations Manager 1

Requisition ID: R10098715

  • CategoryCategory: Manufacturing and Production
  • LocationLocation: Beltsville, MD, 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
  • 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.

An organization within Northrop Grumman Space Systems’ Payload and Ground Systems (PGS) division, Space craft Components is a leading designer, producer, and supplier of spacecraft components that power and enable satellites of all classes. Products include spacecraft panels, bus structures, precision optical structures, deployable structural systems and mechanisms, solar arrays, and antenna reflectors. Our products are on virtually every U.S. satellite built in the last 20 years.  


Learn more about Space craft Components at our website: 

Northrop Grumman has an opening for a Value Stream Leader Manufacturing Operations Manager 1 to join our Space Component Division in Beltsville, MD. The selected candidate will be responsible for complete execution through delivery primarily to internal customers and secondarily to external customers.

We offer phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly collaborative workplace. 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. Does this sound like you?

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!

Our diverse portfolio of programs means there are endless paths to cultivate your career. We are well-known for our inclusive environment, as well as our excellent work/life balance.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Ownership of product value stream execution from contract award to final customer delivery and/or other SCD product value stream

  • Accountable for meeting or exceeding the safety, quality, delivery, employee and cost expectations of internal and external customers across all Value Stream programs

  • Collaborate and coordinate with Master Scheduling, other Product Value Stream, Process Center, Functional Leaders (Engineering, Quality, Supply Chain, etc.) and Business Support Functions (Program Managers, Finance, Contracts, HR, etc.) to achieve product and site goals via sharing of resources, tools, equipment, processes, etc.

  • Support Product Value Stream Owner and Business Support Functions (Finance, HR, etc.) to achieve product and site goals (also including DLY, OH rate management) via sharing of resources, tools, equipment, processes, etc.

  • Intense focus and ownership of employee development.  Ensure discipline and continuous improvement of all process standards.


  • Passion and relentless drive for achieving manufacturing and operational results

  • Leading, building and managing strong cross-functional teams

  • Root cause problem solving and continuous improvement

  • Broad technical experience in value stream manufacturing operations

  • Risk management identification and mitigation

  • Development of process standards focused on product value stream

  • Action Oriented with ability to make quick decisions in response to changing conditions

Vision / Leadership

  • Execute strategies and tactics to achieve breakthrough objectives (Strategy Deployment) and financial goals (Orders, Sales, EBIT, Cash) via operational goals (SQDEC)

  • Communicate, manage and achieve site tactical and strategic goals for the value stream

  • Create a culture of continuous improvement, teamwork, sharing  and disciplined root cause problem solving

  • Perform operational-based strategic and organizational planning


  • Own, execute and continuously improve Daily Management processes (Shift Start-Ups, Obeya, Gemba, etc.) within assigned Product Value Stream(s) and support site Daily Management process

  • Manage multiple conflicting priorities within product value stream(s) by collaborating with Master Scheduling and other downstream internal customers to ensure priority alignment

  • Ensure customers' needs are met and maintain/improve relationships to broaden the business base and gain market share

  • Ensure financial operating integrity by supporting financial planning, budgeting and forecasting (e.g. DLY, OH rate)

  • Ownership and accountability for effective hand-offs through all functional and process center areas

  • Maintain awareness and involvement in contract milestones that directly relate to billing milestone / cash flow

  • Support proposal development (by providing basis of estimates for labor and schedule durations ) and customer reporting of operational metrics, capacity analysis and anomaly/technical resolution, as requested by Proposal Manager, Program Managers and / or Business Development

  • Ensure consistency and traceability of program/product baselines and requirements through contract proposal, negotiation, initiation and execution phases

  • Work with the organization to develop and execute capital equipment (CAPEX) plans

  • Drive timely determination of root cause and meaningful corrective actions for any non-conformances that occur within the Value Stream

  • Drive continuous improvement of all Value Stream processes through application of the Performance Enterprise System (PES) business model and establishment, periodic review and periodic update of value stream mapping

  • Ensures effective and responsible management of designated Value Stream physical and human resources

  • Ensure customer on time delivery and drive a zero defect quality culture

  • Ensure that equipment and machinery are maintained in accordance with safety standards and preventative maintenance schedules for each assigned area

  • Follow escalation protocol to communicate/escalate key issues related to safety, security, quality, delivery, employee, cost, etc upward to site leadership and downward into the organization

Talent Management

  • Proactively strengthen the Value Stream team through the performance management process (individual and group goal setting, coaching and personnel development).  

  • Provide inputs to performance of supporting Functional Leaders

  • Establish and maintain training requirements and deploy resources accordingly

  • Ensure succession plans are in place and be proactive in mentoring key talent to assume increased responsibilities

  • Provide challenging and stretching assignments to key talent in the organization to promote future leaders

  • Holds others accountable and deals quickly with poor performance


  • Work closely with security, environmental, health and safety functions to ensure federal, state and local government regulations in addition to corporate policy compliance

  • Advocate and ensure a safe, secure and ethical work environment

  • Champion compliance with state, federal and local laws and regulations as it pertains to employment, contracts and export (EEOC, OSHA, FLSA,  OFCCP, FAR, ITAR, etc.)

  • Utilize and improve ATK’s Quality Management System to achieve compliance and maintain certifications for AS9100 and NADCAP

  • Support quality assurance to maintain AS9100 status

  • Participate and assist with AS9100 audits as necessary

Direct Report Information

  • This position requires leadership of several Manufacturing Leads and (~25) Manufacturing Technicians

  • Dotted-line responsibilities for all product value stream focused support functions (Engineering, Quality, Supply Chain, etc)

  • This position reports to the Value Stream Owner for SCD Beltsville

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Business with 5 years related experience in manufacturing, engineering, and/or program management

  • 3 years of relevant (manufacturing engineering) experience with a Masters' degree; 0 years of relevant experience with a PhD; an additional 4 years of experience may be considered in lieu of degree.

  • 2 years of production plant management or cross-functional leadership team experience

  • Proven skills/experience building high performing cross-functional teams and culture to achieve operational excellence and meet the expectations of internal and external customers

  • Ability to strengthen workforce skills in LEAN/Continuous Improvement experience and root cause problem solving

  • Ability to formulate, communicate and execute complex project plans and initiatives

  • Strong business and financial acumen, including: capital and talent budgeting and estimate-at-completion (EAC) and Operations Review process understanding

  • Excellent interpersonal and critical thinking skills. Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of leadership, shop floor employees, and support function employees

  • Commitment to positive employee relations, ethics and compliance

  • Understanding of AS9100/ISO 9001, Six Sigma and Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)

  • US Citizenship


Salary Range: $101,800 USD - $152,800 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.