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Northrop Grumman Mgr Quality Engineering 2 in Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems sector is seeking a Manager of Quality Engineering at the Rolling Meadows, IL site. The Manager of Quality Engineering will focus on the following areas of responsibility: people leadership, quality performance, and business partnership. This position will report to the Manager of Quality for the Aircraft Survivability Business Unit.

The successful candidate will possess unwavering ethics and values, strong leadership skills, effective communication skills, and the ability to develop and maintain trusting partnerships with internal and external stakeholders. He or she will have demonstrated the ability to lead and develop people, independently advocate for quality, exercise objective judgement, and drive improvements in the quality of processes and products. He / she will also have the ability to operate independently based on strategic objectives, work in a team environment, and collaborate across functions and sites to accomplish team goals. The candidate will work closely with program directors and managers, and leaders from Quality and other functional disciplines.

Key aspects of each major area of responsibility include:

People Leadership: The Quality Manager will lead a diverse, multifunctional Quality team. He or she will be responsible for maintaining an inclusive work environment where team members are engaged and have the resources to be successful now and in the future. Significant tasks included within the scope of this responsibility are:

  • Management of team and assignments across programs

  • Fostering an inclusive environment where team members are highly engaged

  • Mentoring and career development, including training

  • Assuring team financial performance supports programmatic and organizational objectives

Process Champion: The Quality Manager will be an independent voice to assess and improve processes and compliance across the product life cycle. He or she will be responsible for defining, monitoring, and improving processes within the assigned areas of program responsibility, in accordance with company guidelines and the Quality Management system. Significant tasks included within the scope of this responsibility are:

  • Objectively assess process adherence across the product life cycle in accordance with Command Media and the Quality Management System

  • Drive meaningful operational efficiency improvements via Continuous Improvement projects

  • Apply systematic, data-driven approaches to monitor and improve the quality of processes & products

Business Partnership: The Quality Manager will be a trusted partner for the business, including program, functional, and external stakeholders. He or she will leverage requirements expertise to provide objective insight that results in compliant, effective solutions for the business and the warfighter. Significant tasks included within the scope of this responsibility are:

  • Develop trusting partnerships with program, functional, and external stakeholders

  • Collaborate with program managers to assure sound, compliant program execution

  • Deliver objective insights and solutions to enable high quality business outcomes

  • Provide strong executive presence and communication

  • Maintain constructive relationship with DCMA stakeholders



Basic Qualifications

•Bachelor's Degree in an engineering, technical, or related discipline and 8+ years of relevant experience

• 3+ years of experience leading teams and/or projects

•Demonstrated understanding of the program / product lifecycle including acquisition, development, production, and sustainment

•Demonstrated understanding of ISO 9001 / AS9100 Quality Management System

•Demonstrated use of metrics to guide performance and decision-making

•U.S. citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

•Master's degree in an engineering, technical, or related discipline

•5+ years of leadership experience in a relevant discipline like quality, program management, engineering, or manufacturing

•Lean/ Six Sigma Green or Black Belt certification

•Well versed in the principles of Earned Value Management.

•Experience with data analysis and visualization

•Current, active Secret Clearance, or higher or ability to acquire a Department of Defense Top Secret clearance.

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.

Job Category : Engineering