Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Director, Engineering

Promontory, UT
Executive Management

Job Description

Job ID: GEM20182105-45805

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people’s lives around the world today, and for generations to come. 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 look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have 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 Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems is currently seeking an experienced Director, Engineering Technology and Systems to support to our team at our Promontory, Utah facilities.

Role description & Responsibilities:

The Director of Engineering Technology and Systems reports directly to the Sr. Director of Science & Engineering and will lead a team of approximately 50 analysts, technicians and engineers of diverse backgrounds and skillset.  The position is located at the Utah Promontory facility but also has staff at the Utah Bacchus facility.  The organization supports new and sustaining programs in the area of Configuration Management, Digital Design and Integration, Scientific Methods and Integrated Digital Product Development.  Key interfaces of the Engineering Technology and Systems group include Analysis, Design, Manufacturing, Quality, Procurement, Tooling, Project Offices, Electrical Design and a Virtual Integrated Engineering Organization.  The leader will continue to drive the transformation of the digital design and manufacturing thread throughout the entire product design, manufacturing and quality processes. 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide digital design elements consistent with internal and external customer needs and requirements (performance, cost, schedule, producibility, reliability)
  • Develop, communicate and implement vision, strategy, goals and metrics to achieve  business objectives for safety, quality, customer satisfaction, schedule, cost, and continuous improvement.
  • Ensure development of efficient methodologies, tools, standards, and design documentation processes.
  • Represent and communicate technical capabilities and technologies to internal and external customers.
  • Innovate current configuration management initiatives to align with industry best practices and that meet customer requirements.
  • Provide advanced solutions in the area of simulation tools using state of the art scientific methods, programming and delivery approaches.
  • Lead model-based enterprise initiatives across functions to ensure a digital thread strategy in respons business requirements. Initiatives are focused on enabling outcomes of the business – cost reduction, efficiencies, speed to market, reuse and application tool simplification across the product domains.
  • Lead the coordination, training, education and expansion of the digital thread usage across multiple organizations and across the product lifecycle.
  • Assure that the organization is properly staffed, equipped and trained to meet current and future program requirements.
  • Ensure leadership and key subject matter expert succession plans are in place and be proactive by coaching and mentoring key talent to be able to assume increased responsibilities.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with other organizations including other disciplines in Science & Engineering, Program Management, Test and Research Operations, Tool Design, Process Engineering, and the ASD composites center.
  • Utilize effective talent management strategies to attract, retain, develop and engage outstanding people for the organization.
  • Monitor and implement employee development plans.
  • Engage with functional design managers, groups, teams, and individuals to ensure that escalated roadblocks are removed, requirements and resources are defined and adequate, and that delivered products are correct and accurate.
  • Implement and utilize effective knowledge management processes and tools to identify, capture, and daily utilize our collective wisdom, learning, and knowledge.

Exciting opportunity to continue the transformation of utilizing digital 3D models throughout the entire product design, manufacturing and quality processes.  Candidate not only will lead the organization, but must exhibit a strong desire to coordinate, train, educate and expand the digital thread usage across multiple organizations and across the product lifecycle.  The successful candidate will lead close to 20 modelers and designers along with the command media associated with 3D modeling and the use of the 3D model across all organizations.

Job Duties:    

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Lead approximately 50 individuals in the area of Configuration Management, Digital Design and Integration, Scientific Systems and Digital Strategy groups
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a diverse group, establish clear expectations, inspire commitment, build teams, value diversity and put people first.
  • Understand the culture of large organizations and know how to get things done through formal and informal channels.
  • Communicate an inspired vision that motivates the entire organization. Demonstrated ability to empower and engage team members.
  • Demonstrated history of using data and technical discipline to drive decisions/direction.
  • Capability to formulate and execute complex project plans and initiatives.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, writing, presentation and critical thinking skills. 
  • Clearly demonstrated commitment to open communication.
  • Proven history of technical innovation in technology development.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, attract, and retain skilled Engineering talent
  • Own the Digital Design and Configuration Management core processes across all Promontory and Bacchus Programs
  • Train, market, educate and support all organizations on topics related to Product Digitalization

Education and Experience Requirements:  

  • Strongly prefer a candidate with Education/Experience of must have a minimum of 20 years of experience with B.S., 15 years experience with M.S. or 10 years of experience with PhD.
  • Five or more years in a leadership position
  • Ability to travel:  Travel expectation of up to 10%

Experience Preferred

  • Experience developing and deploying architectures to support product lifecycle management (PLM), computer aided design (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM), computer based engineering (CAE), and model based engineering (MBE).
  • Proven ability to provide strategic direction regarding our Information Technology products, processes, applications, and technology.
  • Manufacturing or Quality experience

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 Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: +10 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Management
Group: Flight