Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Lab Manager - Defense Manufacturing

Rocket Center, WV
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: ATP20182404-45265

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 has an exciting opportunity for a Laboratory Manager located at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory near Cumberland, MD. This position will report directly to the Energetic Technologies and Laboratories Senior Manager, will support manufacturing and timely delivery of analytical results to internal and external customers.   


  • This position will be responsible for the scientific leadership and management of the laboratory
  • Manage laboratory resources to ensure the appropriate level of support and prioritization for activities and timely delivery of results
  • Serve as the technical expert and assist laboratory staff with troubleshooting
  • Mentor and develop laboratory chemists and technicians
  • Manages personnel and financial resources effectively
  • Oversight of staffing and laboratory assignments
  • Ensure that laboratory equipment and systems are maintained in accordance with procedures and standards
  • Compile and interpret results of tests and analyses. Monitor test results to ensure compliance to applicable standards and specifications
  • Ensures that laboratory results withstand peer and industry review 
  • Statistical based analysis of physical and chemical technical data
  • Perform duties within industry specific regulations regarding safety, product and material requirements and plant operations
  • Takes personal responsibility for assuring quality, cost effectiveness and timely completion of projects
  • Continuously improve technical and business acumen to ultimately serve as a subject matter expert
  • Monitor departmental activities to ensure that laboratory personnel follow all company guidelines related to Health, Safety and Environmental practices 


  • Bachelors of Science in Chemistry or related scientific discipline, a Master’s or PhD in Chemistry is preferred
  • 5 years minimum work experience in a chemistry laboratory
  • Method development expertise for quantitative analysis which includes numerous instrumental and wet methods:
    • Chromatography
    • Spectroscopy
    • Titrations
    • Imaging
    • Must have the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
    • Ability and willingness to work outside of standard work hours when needed to resolve issues
    • High ethical standards of work and personal conduct
    • Ability to understand and interpret physical and chemical properties data
    • Understanding of statistics related to Statistical Process Control (SPC)
    • Proficiency in MS office tools and web-based organizational filing
    • Strong written and oral communication skills
    • Able to obtain a Secret Clearance which requires US Citizenship as a prerequisite 


  • Strong organizational skills
  • Possess good interpersonal skills
  • Have demonstrated capability for independent work and creativity
  • Clear written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with a cross functional team
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment 

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: 8-10 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Defense