Lab Operations Manager 2, San Diego, Ca

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San Diego, CA

Requisition ID: R10086123
Category: Engineering
Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Citizenship Required: United States Citizenship
Clearance Type: Top Secret
Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
Shift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
Positions Available: 1

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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Lab Operations Manager to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Test and Evaluation organization.

We offer flexible work arrangements, 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off, phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly team environment. We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to help us grow our services and become even better at what we do.

This leadership role is located in San Diego, CA.

This individual will be responsible for managing the design, development, and implementation of new lab capabilities as well as operations and maintenance of existing lab assets.  This will include leading a team of Test Directors, Design Engineers, System Administrators, and Technicians.  The position requires technical knowledge of various systems, design, development, implementation, and testing with a strong foundation in laboratory integration and test.  The selected candidate must act with speed, guide others in producing quality work, be self-motivated, and have the ability to communicate complex technical issues and solutions.  A successful track record of program performance, interpersonal team building skills, and management experience is required.

Additionally, this position will have a Functional Homeroom component. As the Section Manager you will be responsible for managing a team of approximately 10-15 Electrical, Mechanical, or Computer Engineers whose responsibility is to maintain software engineering labs in support of integration and qualification efforts, periodic maintenance of the systems, configuration management control and operations.

The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring members have sufficient statement of work, managing member performance (including engagement strategies for higher performers and corrective actions for lower performers), coordinating with programs to ensure appropriate staffing/de-staffing actions are developed and executed relative to their section, and ensuring their members are familiar with and use required engineering processes and tools. The candidate will be the first point of contact for performance issues on programs and will make decisions regarding required escalation and resources required for resolution. Responsibilities also include day-to-day operation of the functional organization including decisions regarding awards, performance evaluations, salary review process, staffing, employee movement between programs, balancing resources among programs, employee development and mentoring, ensuring proper charging practices are followed, meeting indirect budget targets, and interpreting higher level guidance for implementation within the organization.

Key Responsibilities:

Coordinating with support homerooms and providing timely resource forecasts to ensure proper staffing is in place to execute the SOW

Managing cost, schedule, and technical performance of lab capital projects as well as providing inputs to yearly capital plans and long-range strategic planning

Driving process rigor, ensure compliance to meet company, program, and security requirements

Driving technical and process rigor for lab configuration

Tracking leading indicator technical metrics to detect and prevent issues

Ensure lab assets meet test requirements for formal testing

Continually coordinate lab status and issues and solutions with the IPT and across IPTs

Continually seek to improve our lab integration & test engineering rigor and efficiency

Ensure CRs are properly reviewed for Lab cost & schedule impacts

Support proposal activities

Basic Qualifications:

Must have a Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM discipline and 9 years of related professional / military experience, or a master’s degree and 7 years of related professional / military experience

Must have experience in lab integration and test activities

Must have an active, in scope DoD Top Secret clearance

Must be able to obtain and maintain PAR within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the company

Preferred Qualifications:

Special Program Access

Excellent 2-way communication skills (upward and downward)

Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with all levels of employees and management

Previous experience working directly with customers and suppliers

Systems Test or Systems Engineering background

Proven leadership skills

Salary Range: $134,600 USD – $201,800 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

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

Northrop Grumman / Equal Opportunity Employer

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