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Program Manager 1

Requisition ID: R10086237

  • CategoryCategory: Program Management
  • LocationLocation: Kennedy Space Center, FL, 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: No
  • 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, Space Systems – Propulsion Systems is currently seeking a Program Manager 1 to lead the Space Launch System (Artemis) Production Support Equipment (PSE), Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and Facilities Maintenance team for the KSC (Florida) Booster Fabrication Facility.

Role description:

The successful Program Manager candidate will lead a highly skilled team of technicians and engineers in ensuring the readiness of PSE/GSE/Facilities while achieving cost and schedule objectives for the SLS Booster Forward Assembly and Aft Skirt Assembly value streams at KSC.

Critical will be effective communication with external and internal customers.  Emphasis will be on safe operations, financial performance, schedule performance, and technical expertise.  The position is located at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Job Duties:  
The Program Manager is responsible to:

  • Ensure all PSE/GSE and Facility systems are compliant and available to support SLS Booster assembly and test operations

  • Successfully accomplish objectives while managing financial and budget performance using such tools as Earned Value Management (EVM).  Establish cause of budget variances and issue corrective actions.

  • Manage SLS Booster program Control Account Managers to ensure programmatic EVMS requirements are satisfied.

  • Work closely and collaboratively with customers to integrate Northrop Grumman and NASA base support maintenance activity with no impact to manufacturing operations.

  • Directly lead a cross functional team of engineers with a wide range of skill sets, Ensure roles and responsibilities of team members are well understood and executed.

  • Communicate with PSE/GSE and Facility team, with NG leadership, and with our NASA customer via oral/written mediums, including memo, white paper, policies and procedures, and formal presentations.

  • Manage subcontractor actions and performance, including Security service contract. 

  • Drive technical excellence by setting standards, working closely with the technical and production teams to delivering performance.

  • Motivate the team, establishing and sustaining a culture of accountability, process improvements and trusting relationships.

  • Assert themselves to overcome obstacles

  • Ensure adequacy of systems, procedures, and people for long term success.

Experience Requirements:

  • BS degree in a STEM discipline and 5 years of experience working in an aerospace manufacturing environment, 2 years of which included Program Management experience.

  • Supervisory experience leading multi-discipline teams.

  • A working knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems design, fabrication, maintenance practices, and testing methods 

  • Project management using earned value measurement system principles

  • Demonstrated positive experience communicating with leadership, coaching and building effective teams


Bachelor of Science degree in STEM discipline.  A non-technical degree may be considered if applicant has applicable work experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to use excellent decision and risk management skills to meet safety, technical, schedule, and financial requirements

  • A record of making informed, unbiased decisions for the good of the team; driven by measurable results

  • Excellent external and internal communication and presentation skills.

  • Demonstrated strong ability to work in a challenging environment with competing priorities in a positive manner

Skills & Qualifications: 

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with all levels of employees, management, executive leadership, and customer partners

  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel & PowerPoint)

Salary Range: $106,400 USD - $133,000 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.