F-35/Adv Programs Software Department Mgr

Northrop Grumman Palmdale , CA 93551

Posted 3 months ago


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 located in Palmdale, CA or Redondo Beach, CA has an immediate opening for a Manager Software Engineering 3. This position requires up to 25% travel. This position is for full-time Software Engineering Department Manager role reporting to the Palmdale Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence (PAICoE) Software Functional Lead.

Essential Functions:

  • Serves as the first line focal point for Software Director on initiatives for PAICoE (e.g. staffing, common processes, best practices, lessons learned, compensation and performance, career development of department employees)

  • Manages a team of Section Managers to accomplish the CoE goals. Provide independent program involvement to lead the timely resolution of any technical or other issues by leveraging the appropriate mix of resources; guide teams in selecting and applying the most appropriate tools, techniques, and approaches to solving issues. Responsible for cost, schedule, and technical performance of Section Managers. Make hiring decisions, including the end-to-end hiring process. Manage employee performance in conjunction with Section Managers; collaborate with IPT lead on feedback to employees to provide a single POC for the IPT.

  • Coordinate with programs to ensure appropriate staffing/de-staffing and understand future skill mix needs.

  • Act as point of contact for technical issues that arise on program(s) involving section members; make decisions regarding escalation and resources required for resolution.

  • Understand compensation strategy and make salary decisions accordingly (includes promotion, equity and other variable pay decisions). Manage all aspects of employee relations including conflict resolution.

  • Ensure common processes are used by section members across programs where appropriate; influence department use of common tools and processes.

  • Assist CoE and department in the development and testing of new tools and processes.

  • Interactions focus on performing on technical statements of work, while maintaining people management responsibility for Section Managers who each have 5-12 direct reports.

  • Responsible for communication flow down to section managers/members on E&GPD initiatives, SOOs, and other directoratespecific information. Conduit for information/issues flow from section members to upper management.

To learn more about our hiring process for manager positions, please view our "Selecting the Best Qualified Managers" video:


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math)

  • 5 yrs experience in Aerospace software development applications is required.

  • The candidate must be familiar with all phases of the software development life cycle.

  • 5 years of leadership experience.

  • Candidate must have an active DoD Top Secret and a background investigation within the scope of five years. Candidate must also be able to obtain and maintain all required security clearances and program specific accesses including the ability to be upgraded to a SAP Advanced Program clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • SP-1 program access.

  • Candidates must have excellent communication (written, oral, and presentation) and engagement skills.

  • Advanced degree in Engineering or Computer Science.

  • Previous technical leadership or management experience.

  • Previous experience as a first level functional manager.

  • Management experience as a manager of managers

  • Experience as a SW Project Manager of a team of more than 40 people

  • Experience as a certified Agile Software Development Coach

  • Familiarity with Northrop Grumman Software Development processes, SEI CMMI Level 3 or higher, AS9100, or DO-178.

  • Green or Black Belt Lean / Six Sigma training and experiences.

  • The candidate should have relevant experience from the Defense and / or Aerospace industry.

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 www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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