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Advanced Programs – Sr. Business Unit Operations Manager 3- 9470

Requisition ID: R10098343

  • CategoryCategory: Program Management
  • LocationLocation: Huntsville, AL, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 50% 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.

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking a Senior Business Unit Operations Manager 3 to lead Business Unit Operations efforts for the SDS Advanced Programs Business Unit in Huntsville, AL. This leadership role reports directly to the Director of Advanced Programs. This is a leadership position with daily executive interactions, and the selected candidate will display consistent impeccable judgment and embody Northrop Grumman leadership behaviors. The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, and collaborative/team settings across all levels, including executive leadership.

What You’ll Get To Do: 

Specific duties to include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Lead a team of managers and professionals at numerous locations responsible for integrating all processes, tools and systems across the Business Unit to ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness
  • Manage the Business Unit administrative and operational affairs, lead communications across the Business Unit, facilitate the dissemination of information, and expedite the implementation of business initiatives
  • Represent the Business Unit in executive internal and external customer meetings
  • Establish and manage baseline management controls to ensure configuration and data management integrity of the Business Unit
  • Integrate and plan all infrastructure requirements to include facilities, staffing, information technology, and processes, tools and systems critical to the Business Unit
  • Leading teams of Project Engineers and Program Management leads to drive horizontal integration of changes and Business Unit level requirements
  • Establish key initiatives in support of the Business Unit strategic plan
  • Oversee programs and execute Program Status Reviews in coordination with Advanced Programs Investment Lead

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Space Systems, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:  

  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage  
  • 401k  
  • Educational Assistance  
  • Life Insurance  
  • Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions   
  • Paid Time Off   
  • Health & Wellness Resources   
  • Employee Discounts  

This position’s standard work schedule is a 9/80. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off.   

You’ll Bring These Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 8 years of related professional and/or military experience that includes a background in Program Management, Program Integration and/or Project Management.
  • At least 3 years of experience in a formal management/leadership position
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen with an active DoD Secret clearance (or higher) with an investigation date within the last 6 years.
  • Must be able to attain and maintain Special Program Access (SAP) within a reasonable amount of time as determined by business needs
  • Ability to travel 30 - 50% of the time

These Qualifications Would be Nice to Have:

  • Active DoD Top Secret clearance with most recent investigation within 6 years
  • Current/Active Special Program Access (SAP)
  • Program Management experience within the Aerospace and Defense industry
  • ICBM, SLBM, or other strategic systems Program experience
  • 6+ years of formal leadership experience


Salary Range: $160,100 USD - $240,100 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

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.