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Laser Manufacturing Manager

Requisition ID: R10110256

  • CategoryCategory: Manufacturing and Production
  • LocationLocation: Saint Charles, MO, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: Days (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, Cutting Edge Optronics is a leading provider of high-power laser diode arrays, high power pump modules and diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) lasers. We are a vertically integrated manufacturer capable of supplying unmounted diode bars, packaged laser diodes, DPSS modules, laser diode drivers and complete DPSS laser systems. Our diode laser-based products have become industry standards and are used in a wide variety of commercial and military applications. 


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CEO seeks a highly motivated, Manufacturing Manager with strong team skills, able to lead an established manufacturing area to higher levels of productivity and performance through a significant production ramp-up period and beyond. The chosen candidate will display a passion for manufacturing results while highly focused on team-oriented execution. 


  • Manage a manufacturing area with approximately 4-8 hourly employees 
  • Accountability for achieving aggressive growth targets for production volume, on time delivery, quality focus and cost management 
  • Work closely with company-wide functions (Quality, Safety, Engineering, Customer Service, Finance, Procurement, Senior Management, etc.) to ensure all goals of manufacturing are accomplished with a focus on teamwork, collaboration, and regulatory compliance 
  • Drive projects with respect to factory automation, data collection/reporting and technical process improvements
  • Organizing and coordinating daily area activities to meet internal and external customer commitments in a timely and efficient manner
  • Support the sharing of direct labor resources within Operations
  • Support consistent and uniform application of HR policies amongst managers
  • Coordinate activities with other managers

Basic Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years of applicable experience, 3 years of applicable experience with Masters, and/or 0 years of experience with a PhD. 9 years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
  • Experience working in manufacturing environment 
  • Demonstrated experience with a relevant ERP system for manufacturing
  • Demonstrated experience with technical data collection and analysis
  • Demonstrated experience with servant leadership style

Preferred Qualifications  

  • Working knowledge of Visual Manufacturing 
  • Experience with manufacturing in Diode Pump Solid State Laser Industry
  • Basic knowledge of solid state diode pumped laser design preferred but not required
  • Technical degree in Physics, Engineering, preferred but not required
  • Experience in managing hourly workforce
  • Demonstrated experience managing people and/or teams


Salary Range: $76,500 USD - $114,700 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.