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Northrop Grumman Director General Manufacturing 1 in Elkton, Maryland

Northrop Grumman is currently seeking a Director of General Manufacturing who will report directly to the Site Manager and will be responsible for the direction, strategy, planning and execution of Northrop Grumman's Propulsion Systems and Controls (PS&C) Operating Unit which includes Manufacturing, Manufacturing Engineering, Plant Engineering and Maintenance organizations. This position will be located in Elkton, Maryland.

Discover careers that change the world and further advancements in defense, technology, and engineering today at Northrop Grumman . Use your experience to grow your career and support our global customers with the technology, systems, and solutions they need to enable their missions on the front lines and secure our world every day. With Northrop Grumman , you'll discover a culture built on diversity, respect, and above all teamwork. Together with our group of experts across the technical spectrum, you'll discover opportunities to make a difference in our world and start solving some of the world's most critical problems in the most innovative ways.

Northrop Grumman's Propulsion Systems and Controls facility in Elkton, Maryland began solid-propellant rocket operations in 1948. Today, the Elkton PS&C facility designs, develops, and produces solid-propellant propulsion and ordnance systems in programs professionally managed for a wide variety of Government and commercial customers. The facility also serves as the hub for offsite engineering and test facilities in Ronkonkoma, NY, Palm Beach Gardens, FL and San Jose, CA.

The PS&C's product lines include propulsion systems for space applications, ballistic missile defense systems, hypersonic weapons systems and platforms, tactical motor applications, gas generator applications, and specialty applications. Current products include rocket motors and stages for satellite orbit insertion and launch vehicle operations, boosters for missiles and projectiles, solid-propellant divert and attitude control systems, gas generators, ordnance products, liquid propellants, and energetic ingredients. These products are supported by a wide range of engineering and test capabilities that cover basic environmental assessment to very complex modeling, simulation and flight representative static testing. They are also supported by a research laboratory that can formulate and produce new propellants and energetic ingredients and a controls laboratory that architects, prototypes and produces motion control systems for rocket nozzles, valves and aero surfaces.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will set the standards for highly engineered, complex rocket motors and their manufacturing processes, including Safety in Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing, Delivery Performance and Talent Management. Responsibilities include fostering and maintaining an operating environment of continuous improvement, on-time delivery and superb quality. This position will also be responsible for ensuring facility compliance to federal, state and local mandates with respect to environmental regulations, employee safety and labor law and will foster an environment that promotes teamwork and cohesive action.

This position develops, communicates and implements vision, strategy, goals and metrics that align with and drive business objectives for safety, cost, quality, customer satisfaction, and continuous improvement in alignment with the broader organization. The individual will utilize effective talent management strategies to attract, retain, develop and engage the right people for the operations organization. He/She will be responsible for establishing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with work teams, customers, program management, and there support organizations.


  • Maintain a culture of safety first throughout the Operations

  • Provide leadership to the Elkton facility Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, Plant Engineering and Maintenance personnel.

  • Ensure customer on time delivery and drive zero defect quality.

  • Deploy demand driven supply chain strategies, processes and tools that support operational excellence and long range plans

  • Support the negotiation and implement cost-saving programs with suppliers, such as volume-based discounts, operational efficiencies, raw material procurement, lead time improvements, etc.

  • Identify early warning signs of supplier issues, gathering information and develop action plans to resolve

  • Conduct long-term planning with suppliers to ensure that supplier capacity stays ahead of demand

  • Build trust with suppliers, and internal customers, communicating, influencing, and motivating others to think creatively and efficiently

  • Work with the Facilities organization to develop and execute Capital Equipment plans

  • Work with Quality Assurance to maintain AS9100 status.

  • Participate and assist with AS9100 audits as necessary.

  • Serve as a positive change agent. Create a compelling work environment for employee engagement and career development

  • Responsible for ensuring that organizational goals and objectives are consistent with overall objectives.

  • Directs and coordinates activities of subordinate management to insure attainment of goals and objectives.

  • Reviews analyses of activities, costs, operations, and forecast data to determine progress toward stated goals and objectives.

  • Ensures all production and operational aspects of the department are conducted efficiently and in accordance with the Company's Quality Management System.


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelors' Degree in a Technical Discipline

  • Five or more years in leadership as well as 10 years related experience in manufacturing operations, engineering, and/or program management

  • Experience in leading engineering, manufacturing or program teams

  • Prior work experience supporting Department of Defense contracts and/or manufacturing organization

  • The ideal candidate must have proven skills and experience building a high performing team

  • Sound understanding of manufacturing technologies and lean processes

  • Strategy development and implementation experience

  • Strong financial and budgeting skills, including EAC process familiarity.

  • Technical and business acumen in the Aerospace industry to include knowledge of future trends, policies, practices, and technology

  • Dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers to establish and maintain effective relationships with customers and gain their trust and respect

  • Understands the culture of large organizations and knows how to get things done through formal and informal channels

  • Ability to obtain a Secret Clearance which requires US Citizenship as a pre-requisite

Preferred Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to lead a large and diverse workforce, establish clear expectations and inspire commitment, build amazing teams, value diversity and put people first

  • Ability to demonstrate in depth knowledge of Operations leadership skills that lead to safe and high quality manufacturing of complex and technically demanding products

  • Ability to further continuous yet controlled improvements in organizations and processes and strengthening of workforce skills through application of lean thinking principles and tools

  • In depth knowledge and demonstrated experience in implementing a Lean Manufacturing system.

  • Ability to formulate, communicate and execute complex project plans and initiatives.

  • Desired knowledge of AS9100/ISO 9001, Six Sigma and Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, writing, presentation and critical thinking skills. Demonstrated business acumen. Clearly demonstrated commitment to open communication and internal and external customer satisfaction

This position falls under a Federal Explosives License issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for this location. Candidates hired into this role will be required to complete and submit an Employee Possessor Questionnaire to ATF for approval to be a possessor

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 : Manufacturing and Production