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Northrop Grumman Mgr Systems Engineering 3 - Eng Operations Manager in Aurora, Colorado

The INS Engineering organization within the PGS Division of Space Sector seeks an experienced Operations Manager to lead and provide support to an INS engineering organization of approximately 1800 staff. The position reports directly to the INS Engineering Director and may be located in any of its primary executing locations.

In this role, the candidate understands the goals and priorities of the INS engineering organization and business unit, ensuring all activities are aligned with these objectives, interpreting and developing organizational strategies, policies and practices to meet staffing, program execution, business development, budgetary and workforce development objectives. The selected candidate will:

  • Coordinate with engineering site managers and engineering OU business partners to ensure effective planning, staffing, and efficient functional engineering operations.

  • Collaborate with the BU and OU operations managers to ensure a strong partnership between engineering and programs.

  • Collaborate with multiple functional organizations (human resources, talent acquisition, business management, mission assurance, and security) to define strategies that enhance operational effectiveness and efficiency.

  • Identify engineering focus areas for improvement/streamlining, development and execution of engineering initiatives, and elimination of non-value-added activities in all levels of the engineering organization.

The candidate will assist the INS engineering director in multiple activities, and requires a broad engineering knowledge base in Systems Engineering, Integration & Test (SEIT), Software Engineering, Hardware Engineering, and Operations & Sustainment (O&S). The ideal candidate will also have a strong background in business management & finance, program management, proven strategic planning and business execution capabilities, as well as the ability to work collaboratively across the business unit and division.

Duties and Responsibilities in Support of INS Engineering:

  • Establish & maintain the organization business rhythm - includes management reporting and information flow. Improve operational systems, processes and policies in support of the Engineering mission.

  • Develop and support collaboration tools required for efficient and effective communication for geographically dispersed teams.

  • Lead staffing efforts including demand summarization, supply forecast planning, and retention activities to meet the labor goals required by the business unit.

  • Lead indirect budget management to include allocation, monitoring, reporting, and resolving discrepancies.

  • Lead the engineering transition to new Principles and Operating Procedures (PrOP).

  • Organize and coordinate allocation of B2S award budgets, monitor and report usage, and support submission of other award categories at the BU, Division, and Sector levels.

  • Support or lead workforce development projects including training, mentoring programs, and technical growth initiatives.

  • Coordinate and track all engineering capital projects from planning through project close out.

  • Coordinate and track all engineering IRAD projects from planning through project close out.

  • Support compliance and audit activities as needed.

To be successful in this role, the candidate must be a self-starter, have excellent written and oral communication skills, be highly collaborative, team oriented, have strong people leadership skills, and be able to effectively multi-task competing priorities and schedules across the organization; needs strong attention to detail and the ability to function independently, meet deadlines and achieve commitments; have the ability to quickly respond to a variety of demands; excel at operating in a fast pace, diverse environment and can adapt to change.

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Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline with a minimum of 12 years of progressive technical experience in an engineering, operations, or program environment

Management experience in programs, engineering, operations or related technical fields

Understanding of the engineering development lifecycle across multiple engineering disciplines (SEIT, SW, HW, O&S)

Understanding of Intranet Program Review Systems (IPRS), Earned Value Management/Cost Account Management (EVM/CAM), program risk management, and technical, cost & schedule impacts as it relates to program management

Understanding of business development and capture strategies

Demonstrated leadership ability

Must have a current active SSBI investigation and the ability to obtain and maintain an active TS/SCI security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's degree in a STEM discipline with a minimum of 10 years progressive technical experience in an engineering, operations, or program environment

5+ years management experience in programs, engineering, operations or related technical fields

Strong understanding of Northrop Grumman Space Systems, and proven experience effectively working within and through NG (and/or similar) corporate culture

Demonstrated ability to understand staffing demand and supply data metrics strong problem solving analytical skills; ability to make recommendations and provide guidance to effectively meet program staffing requirements across the business unit

Experience in operational organization effectiveness implementing best practices

Salary Minimum: $150,960

Salary Maximum: $237,762

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. 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. Learn about Northrop Grumman Total Rewards and Benefits.

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.

Job Category : Engineering