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Principal / Sr. Principal Project Management – Tactical Space Systems

Northrop Grumman

This is a Full-time position in Sterling, VA posted May 1, 2021.

Category: Program Management Location: Dulles, Virginia US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes Clearance Type: None Telecommute: Yes -May Consider Occasional/Part Time Teleworking for this position Shift: 1st Shift Travel Required: Yes, 10 % of the Time Positions Available: 1Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond.

Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe.

With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start.

Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future.

Explore your future and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking an experienced Principal Project Manager to join our Tactical Space Systems Division to support programs with Space Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman.

This position will be located in Dulles, VA and will support the Mission Robotic Vehicle/Mission Extension Pod programs.

Space Logistics is developing the next generation of space robotics and satellite servicing technologies.

In February 2020, Space Logistics docked the world’s first commercial satellite servicing vehicle, Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) with its client commercial satellite in geostationary orbit, where it remains in service today.

MEV-2 was launched in August 2020, and the next-generation satellite servicing spacecraft, the Mission Robotic Vehicle (MRV), is in development today.

MRV will carry the most sophisticated space robotic payload yet developed and be the first commercial space robotics spacecraft.

In addition, the MRV will robotically deploy Mission Extension Pods (MEPs), which are small servicing spacecraft carrying sufficient propellant for six years of client life extension.

Space Logistics is the only place in the industry offering the opportunity to work on credible near-term applications of satellite servicing, space robotics, and other life extension and augmentation opportunities for a wide variety of commercial and US customers in geostationary and other orbits.

Space Logistics’ technology is built on Northrop Grumman’s decades of GEO bus manufacturing expertise, and is the only company in the industry with satellite servicing spacecraft in commercial service in orbit today.

This opportunity will allow you to participate in this journey and to shape the evolution of the next generation of space robotics and satellite servicing technology.

What You’ll Get To Do: SCOPE OF WORK The selected candidate will oversee and manage the operational aspects of non-recurring and ongoing projects.

The candidate will also review status of projects and budget, manage schedules and prepare status reports, assess project issues and develop resolutions to meet productivity, quality, and client-satisfaction goals and objectives.

The selected candidate will also develop mechanisms for monitoring project progress and for intervention and problem solving with project managers, line managers, and clients.

Essential Responsibilities:* Collaborate across all functions within the program to develop advanced concepts, techniques and requirements for new program management applications, tools, and integrations.* Coordinate schedules, requirements, and performance visibility to both the Program Office and the stakeholders to support maintaining quality, cost, and schedule requirements.* Facilitate internal and external meetings to support the program and represent program management in appropriate program reviews or boards.* Identify and mitigate project risks throughout project life cycle.* Develop and deliver high level briefings to Program Leadership and/or customer.* Provide solutions to complex problems that are consistent with the organization’s objectives.* Identify opportunities for change and champion needed changes in the organization.* Track many overlapping, detailed program activities, and ensure that each action item requiring attention is scheduled, dispositioned, and closed.* Drive and coordinate the program support to the procurement process and manufacturing planning with focus on timely compliant ordering.* Review program integrated master schedule (IMS) on a weekly basis and coordinate with Cost Account Managers (CAMs) to evaluate completed work and identify specific tasks that may be falling behind.

Review weekly charging and compare against projection to evaluate where staffing shortages may exist and meet with CAMs to review plans for closing those gaps.

Note issues cited by CAMs in weekly tagups and bring them to management for disposition.* Attend the established weekly status meetings on the program and collect the key issues and roadblocks.

Note action items and follow up to ensure any relevant meetings are scheduled promptly.* Prepare the first draft of the program weekly report and monthly program management review charts for both the internal review and the external review.* Maintain program Confluence and Sharepoint site structure.

And ensure that the program team is closing action items on a timely basis.Successful candidates will have the following key attributes:* Proactive
– anticipates requirements from higher management, and initiate and complete actions required to meet those requirements* Perceptive
– sees the “big picture” but is also able to focus on the details and follows all of them through to completion* Composed
– maintains a “level head” in the extremely dynamic, fast-paced, and demanding environment, especially when working closely with executive management on projects with highly compressed timelines and tight deadlines* Discretion
– self-initiates tasks with considerable latitude for independent judgmentThis requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below.This requisition can be filled at either a Principal or a Sr.

Principal Project Manager level.

Basic Qualifications:* Principal Project Manager
– Bachelor’s Degree with 6 years of experience and/or Master’s Degree with 4 years of experience.

In lieu of a degree 10 years of relevant work experience will be considered.* Sr.

Principal Project Manager
– Bachelor’s Degree with 10 years of experience and/or Master’s Degree with 8 years of experience.

In lieu of a degree 14 years of relevant work experience will be considered.Basic Qualifications (continued):* Demonstrated knowledge of project management principles and execution of a large complex program* Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (PowerPoint, Word, Excel)* Demonstrated ability to lead a team* Experience with high level customer engagement* Ability to be cleared to TS/SCI levelPreferred Qualifications:* Digital Engineering (CAD/PLM/ERP/Application Integration) implementation experience* Experience in program stand up* Experience working within an Integrated Product Team (IPT)* Experience with schedule management, risk management and performance management* Experience facilitating high level system design reviews* Experience as a Control Account Manager (CAM)* Experience with earned value management knowledge in a program management capacity* Capability to create and conduct high level briefings* Experience with high level customer engagement* Ability to work independently and multi task* Experience with creating and monitoring staffing metrics* Master’s Degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math), Business Administration, Project Management or other applicable degree* Active TS/SCI security clearanceNorthrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce.

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