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Program Director 2

Requisition ID: R10100835

  • CategoryCategory: Program Management
  • LocationLocation: Palmdale, CA, 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, 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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics has an opening for a Program Director 2 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals to support our advanced programs, located in Palmdale, California.

This is a Deputy role of the B-21 Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) and Production Business Area. In this role the candidate will report directly to the Vice President of B-21 Production and will have responsibility for all aspects of initial and follow-on B-21 aircraft production.


  • Lead contracted programs and IRAD efforts focused on the scaling of manufacturing and production of the B-21 weapon system
  • Establish Long Range Strategic Plans (LRSP) associated with a robust program capability roadmap. Identify associated NCTA and Capital necessary to support the LRSP commitments. 
  • Establish capture plans following Business Acquisition Process guidelines, ensuring stakeholder approval of strategy, plans, and capture gates, while leading the team to successful execution of the strategy and plans.
  • Collaborate with the program customer to build value propositions for subsequent production lots while incorporating future technologies and capabilities. 
  • Collaborate with other program business areas (Development, Operations and Sustainment) to ensure alignment of growth strategies and captures with current program efforts, as well as ensuring seamless handoff of captured programs to the relevant business area.
  • Collaborate across Northrop Grumman sectors and industry partners to identify broader corporate strategies leveraging common technologies and program relevance and headwind.
  • Establish and manage performance dashboards to create program visibility at all levels.
  • Identify top-level risks, issues, and actions and ensure resolution.
  • Develop deliverables (i.e., monthly management report) and talking points for executive level engagements.

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 you 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 develop 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.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 15+ years (combined) of related professional / military experience
  • Background in program management in the defense industry
  • Experience in manufacturing systems
  • Experience working with executives and senior leaders
  • Experience leading / aligning teams to achieve a common goal in a dynamic work environment
  • Experience managing communications with stakeholders
  • Demonstrated depth in technical and business acumen
  • Active DoD Secret clearance with the ability to obtain/maintain a TS/SCI

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree and advanced training in program management and capture management
  • The ability to address uncertainty through an organized and analytical forward-looking approach
  • Experience in program management across all phases of a program lifecycle
  • Experience with execution of large, multi-year development programs
  • Experience with Earned Value Management
  • Active DoD Top Secret / SCI clearance
  • Complex weapons systems

Salary Range: $244,900 USD - $367,300 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.