Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Sr Director of Operations

Clearfield, UT

Job Description

Job ID: TS20182305-45859

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 Group in Clearfield, Utah is seeking an experienced Sr.  Director of Operations within our Commerical Composites Manufacturing Group

This position is fully responsible for the operations management of the high rate Aircraft Commercial Center of Excellence (ACCE) within the Aerospace Structures Division (ASD) and is directly accountable for the financial and operational performance of the COE. The COE leader has a fully integrated direct and matrix team, including all Production Operations, Supply Chain Management, Production Control, Quality Assurance, Manufacturing Engineering, Facilities, Human Resources and Finance.

Major Responsibilities

  • Drive the COE’s strategic direction to meet goals and grow the business
  • Ensure customers’ needs are met and maintain/improve relationships to broaden the business base and gain market share
  • Implement Toyota Production System (TPS) based Lean techniques to reduce manufacturing costs
    • Partner with ASD’s Business Improvement team for ACCE TPS training and Lean implementation through scheduled Lean events
    • Assure operations leadership team, down through shift lead level and including matrix organization leadership, is trained in TPS implementation
    • Aspire to be ASD’s model for effective TPS implementation and manufacturing efficiency improvement
    • Fully accountable to meeting EAC manufacturing budgets (Labor and Materials) for all operations in ACCE
    • Implement cross training plan achieving labor skill diversification to maximize employee versatility in supporting daily operations needs with maximum efficiency
    • Partner with Human Resources to create a “Best Place to Work in Utah” program to significantly improve ACCE attrition
    • Assure full timecard compliance in ACCE
    • Focus on speed, cost, and quality to maximize gross margins
    • Ensure customer on time delivery and drive zero defect quality
    • Put necessary controls in place to eliminate Customer escapes
    • Drive the financial performance of the COE.  Direct the planning, budgeting, forecasting, and financial controls to guarantee financial operating integrity
    • Work with Quality Assurance to maintain AS9100 status.  Participate and assist with AS9100 audits as necessary 
    • Work closely with Security, Environmental, and EICO functions to ensure local, state, and federal compliance.  Advocate and ensure a safe work environment
    • Ensure succession plans are in place and be proactive in coaching and mentoring key talent to assume increased responsibilities
    • Direct involvement with customer as required on new program opportunities, proposals, costing reviews, and contract negotiations
    • Communicate key issues (financial program related, market developments, organizational changes, quality issues, and other key management issues) upward to division leadership as required
    • Work with the Facilities organization to develop and execute Capital Equipment plans

Skills and Knowledge

  • Aerospace Manufacturing/Operations experience
  • Direct experience in successful Toyota Production System (or equivalent) implementation in high volume manufacturing environment
  • 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
    • Communicates an inspired vision that motivates entire units and the organization
    • Provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments to key talent in the organization
    • Steadfastly pushes self and others to achieve company goals
    • Champion the Company’s Business and Ethics Code of Conduct
    • Strong composites and aircraft assembly operations experience


  • Bachelor of Science required, MBA preferred
  • Minimum of 20 years of increasingly responsible operations management experience focused on manufacturing and or 18 with MS Degree
  • A minimum of 5 years strong senior management experience.

Position can be filled at one level lower

  • Bachelor of Science required, MBA preferred
  • Minimum of 13 years of increasingly responsible operations management experience focused on manufacturing and or 13 with MS Degree
  • A minimum of 5 years strong senior management 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.

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