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Director of Engineering

San Diego, CA, USA | Northrop Grumman

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    General Management
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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At Northrop Grumman we develop cutting-edge technology that preserves freedom and advances human discovery. 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 continue to innovate with developments from launching the first commercial flight to space, to discovering the early beginnings of the universe. Our employees are not only part of history, they’re making history.

No matter the assignment, Northrop Grumman is committed to being a leader in Cyber, Logistics and Modernization, Autonomous Systems, C4ISR, and Strike.For us, it’s about more than just performing.It means realizing the values that define us:responsibility, trust, integrity and protecting freedom worldwide.These values inspire and unite our people- who make everything we do possible

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) is seeking a Director of Engineering for our San Diego sites in Western Region Engineering & Sciences (E&S).

What You’ll get to Do:

This Director will be the senior engineering executive and is the single Communications CoE point of contact in San Diego.This position is responsible for all software and digital technologies; hardware; and systems engineering, integration, and test activities at the two San Diego sites.This Director will also oversee all engineering business-facing activities at the campuses and will be responsible for directing the functional home room as well as engineering performance excellence. 

The Director of Engineering will lead a management and technical staff of approximately 1100 staff who support a variety of programs in different life cycle stages. The director will focus on performance, people leadership and business growth and demonstrate a broad skill set that is balanced between interpersonal, business, and technical capabilities. He/she will have an ability to operate independently based on strategic objectives, work in a team environment, and collaborate across the sector and corporation as required to accomplish the team goals. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Provide cross-site coordination for key E&S activities and initiatives, also working to build collaboration with our peer organizations (GSC, manufacturing, MA, etc)

• Reestablish engineering and technical expertise while driving performance excellence back into our operations at the San Diego sites

• Champion vision of E&S and partner with fellow Western Region leaders for continuity and consistency

• Communicate and implement E&S vision and goals

• Ensure overall E&S goals are being accomplished through site and program activities

• Internal reporting and data calls: monthly Reviews, staffing, weekly reporting, communication of key items/issues

• Serve as primary engineering PoC for business development managers for support to Business Acquisition Process (BAP) activities

• Talent Management: identify skills mix based on business needs and forecast needs for experienced hires, college graduates and interns. Build and execute strategy for full life-cycle talent management; hire, retain, deploy and develop talent.

• Oversee site engineering redeployment efforts and ensure a close partnership partners based on business priorities

• Maintain close coordination with the Engineering Centers of Excellence and regional disciplines to ensure consistency across the discipline ensuring expected development processes, common tools, metrics collection and reporting, reuse, and training/skill development through all levels of the organization.

• Facilitate and promote affordability, knowledge management, engineering utilization, and other process improvement initiatives including the implementation and monitoring of metrics covering engineering efficiency and quality, as well as sharing of lessons learned and best practices throughout the organization.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate success in applying leadership characteristics to achieve sustainable top performance, a commitment to ethics and integrity, and the capability to innovate while challenging traditional ways of doing business. In this role, the ideal candidate will possess the ability to balance programmatic needs to deliver results within cost, schedule, and quality parameters while encouraging and rewarding innovative behaviors through all levels of the organization. Demonstrated abilities to build diverse and inclusive teams with high levels of engagement, including mentoring and coaching, are a must. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required and the ideal candidate will have demonstrated success collaborating and leading virtually as a part of a geographically dispersed team. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in influencing the direction of technology discriminators, including identifying and championing change within the organization, to achieve competitive advantage for the business. This candidate must be able to bridge different cultural perspectives to create a cohesive leadership team with a common purpose and set of expectations. This candidate must demonstrate the ability to articulate a value proposition for a matrix organization in a company with size and mission diversity of NGC.

The position requires travel to up to 20-25% of the time.

Additional Northrop Grumman Information:

Northrop Grumman has approximately 85,000 employees in all 50 states and in more than 25 countries, we strive to attract and retain the best employees by providing an inclusive work environment wherein employees are receptive to diverse ideas, perspectives and talents to help solve our toughest customer challenges: to develop and maintain some of the most technically sophisticated products, programs and services in the world.

Our Values. The women and men of Northrop Grumman Corporation are guided by Our Values. They describe our company as we want it to be. We want our decisions and actions to demonstrate these Values. We believe that putting Our Values into practice creates long-term benefits for shareholders, customers, employees, suppliers, and the communities we serve.

Our Responsibility. At Northrop Grumman, we are committed to maintaining the highest of ethical standards, embracing diversity and inclusion, protecting the environment, and striving to be an ideal corporate citizen in the community and in the world. 


You’ll Bring These Qualifications:

• Bachelor of Science in Engineering or other STEM discipline

• 10 years of technical experience in any combination of Systems, Software/Digital Technologies, Hardware, or Cyber engineering disciplines accompanied by high proficiency in technical problem solving to include decomposition, root cause analysis, solution development, implementation and monitoring

• Previous experience in People and Technical Leadership roles

• Working knowledge of Staffing, Engineering Metrics and Training resources, processes, and tools

• Experience effectively leading diverse technical teams across multiple locations

• Proven technical management experience preferably in either program IPT, R&D or Advanced Systems, technology, and/or functional environments

• Working familiarity with ISO 9001, AS9100, and CMMI

• Ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI Clearance; active secret clearance required  

These Qualifications Would be Nice to Have:

• Master of Science in Engineering or other STEM discipline

• Active TS/SCI Clearance

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