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Section Manager - Special Programs Structural Design

Redondo Beach, CA, USA | Northrop Grumman

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    Project Management
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
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At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space 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.

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems has an opening for a Section Manager - Special Programs Structural Design 2 to join our team of highly qualified and diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, California.

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. You ensure that your team has the information and tools needed to perform at their best. You demonstrate our committed pursuit of applying innovation to meet the requirements of our customer. You craft and execute strategies that result in sustainable value creation that delivers measurable results.

If this is YOU…keep reading!

You will report to the Department Manager of the Vehicle Structures department within the Vehicle Engineering Center of Excellence. You will engage a team consisting of up to 15 mechanical design engineers ranging from T01 to TA5 located primarily in El Segundo, CA.

The focus of this section is the design and development of advanced composite structures and mechanical systems for air vehicles. Approximately 15 percent of the section head’s time will be spent performing functional homeroom duties such as:

Attend functional staff meetings

Management of personnel including performance review, direction and coaching

Coordinate of job assignments, staffing, recruit and develop IRAD projects and process improvement.

Support technology and business development activities

Support proposals (generate schedules and cost estimates) and support design reviews.

You will be responsible for cost, schedule and technical performance for the Engineering IPT. This includes management of budgets using the EVMS, reporting of variances and all MRB actions.

A successful Section Manager will have excellent communication skills, experience in creating teams, a firm understanding of the design and development process of advanced composite structures, global supply chain, manufacturing engineering, planning, quality engineering and configuration management. 


Basic Qualifications: 

A Bachelor of Science degree in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, or Mathematics) technical discipline from an ABET accredited university with 5 years of design experience with an emphasis on the mechanical design of composite structures 

Active DOD Secret clearance with the ability to obtain SAP clearances.

Preferred Qualifications: 

An advanced degree in engineering (Mechanical, Engineering, Aerospace or Civil Engineering) or a related technical discipline from an ABET accredited university.

Subject Matter Expert level knowledge of composite materials and processes, mechanical and bonded joint processes and designs.

Development of design processes and experience in the management of NCTA funded activities. 

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