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Manager Programs

Colorado Springs, CO, USA | Northrop Grumman

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  • Functions:
    Project Management
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary hardware that impact people’s lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of 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. 

Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Survivable Endurable Element (S2E2) is a hardware and software system performing production and certification milestones for operational fielding to the U.S. Air Force.This system utilizes multiple components to perform strategic missile warning and nuclear detonation event detection, event summary reports with stereoscopic missile launch detection operations in wartime environment.

This position will be located in Boulder, CO or Colorado Springs, CO and will report to the Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) Exploitation System Operating Unit (OESOU) director. 

Program Manager primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Performing key elements of Program Management, CAM/EV, and Functional Management.

Interface with external customer on a daily basis and providing direction to program leads as needed. 

Preparing and reporting IPRS and other status at bi-weekly meetings with OU and Division leadership. 

Planning, organizing, staffing, reporting, coordination, identifying/mitigating risk, and supporting all phases of a development program from inception, certification through completion.

Preparation of cost estimates, business plans, work statements and specifications, operating budgets and financial terms and conditions of contracts.

Authority for engineering review boards, risk management board and other program sign-offs and approvals.

Managing stakeholders and resolve competing needs, to include clients, subcontractors, and internal participants.

Managing and reporting on project status, customer satisfaction, submission of CDRLs and risks, using earned value, integrated master schedule, integrated master plan, and similar techniques and tools.

Supporting/managing proposal efforts, and contributing to department proposals.

Managing project staff to ensure successful project performance as the program transitions phases of delivery.

Engage and direct the work of employees assigned to the program from a technical, development and issue resolution perspective.  

Must be able to work independently, function in a fast paced environment, and be flexible to changing direction.

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Basic Qualifications: 

Bachelor's degree with 9 years of experience in a combination of business development, program management, and technical leadership; Or 7 years of experience with a Masters; OR 13 years of experience in lieu of a degree.

Demonstrated understanding of the Aerospace Industry and DOD/IC acquisitions.

Experience with ground system development for space-related applications and/or OPIR mission applications.

Demonstrated familiarity with USAF or IC satellite customers for acquisition or operations. 

Minimum of 5 years of program management experience, overseeing technical and financial aspects for software and hardware development programs.

Current DOD Secret Clearance and ability to obtain an SCI Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with development, and operations & maintenance (O&M) programs.

Program Management experience in a subcontractor role.

Program Management experience managing subcontractors.

Current Secret Clearance with an SCI

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