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Mission Assurance, Director 1 – Integrated National Systems Business Unit (active/current Top Secret clearance required)

Requisition ID: R10098882

  • CategoryCategory: Mission and Quality Assurance
  • LocationLocation: Aurora, CO, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Top Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available 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.

An organization within Northrop Grumman Space Systems' Payload and Ground Systems (PGS) division, the Integrated National Systems (INS) Business Unit (BU) seeks a Mission Assurance Director 1 to join our diverse team of professionals.

The Director of Mission Assurance will lead a team responsible for ensuring the proper implementation of mission assurance and quality principles and processes for the INS BU at our Aurora, CO, Colorado Springs, CO and Redondo Beach, CA locations. Functional responsibilities include Program Mission Assurance; Software Assurance and Quality Assurance.

This position will be located at the INS BU facility in Aurora, CO.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Providing leadership that fosters an inclusive, motivated and engaged work culture. Driving the continuous improvement of people (to include training & development), products, processes, systems and services through the application of innovative technologies, lean principles, six-sigma projects, common best practices and other appropriate tools and techniques.
  • Staffing, cost, schedule and quality performance.
  • Develop, maintain, and ensure compliance with mission assurance programs, policies, processes, procedures and that the performance and quality of products/processes conform to established standards, specifications and agency guidelines.
  • Support the development phase of programs by assuring engineering products and processes conform to internal and customer requirements.
  • Establishes the overall strategies, objectives, and long-term goals of the Mission Assurance functions within the Business Unit.
  • Maintains strong customer relationships and acts as a liaison with customers to understand and improve business unit quality performance partnerships.
  • Develops, implements, and continuously improves upon safety and mission assurance processes within the business unit and in support of the Payload and Ground Systems Division.
  • Ensures the mission readiness of products relative to physical and functional requirements.  
  • Ensures review of product and process data to identify weaknesses in processes and appropriate actions taken to mitigate weaknesses.
  • 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.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have a Bachelor's degree and 12+ years of related experience within the Aerospace and Defense industry; MS degree 10 years of exp; or PhD with 7 years of exp
  • 7 years of management/leadership experience. 
  • Quality or Mission Assurance experience working all phases of a product life cycle.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple functions.
  • Active Top Secret with SCI eligibility 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive leadership experience, preferably in Quality or Mission Assurance within the Aerospace and Defense industry
  • Demonstrated ability to translate strategy into business action plans and successfully execute.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple functions across geographically dispersed sites.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop managers.
  • Demonstrated superior customer relationship skills
  • Active TS/SCI clearance. 
  • MS or MBA degree 

Salary Range: $177,400 USD - $266,000 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.