Director of Advanced Technology Lab (ATL) Wafer Fab 1

Northrop Grumman



Linthicum Heights, MD


Position summary

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The Emerging Capabilities Development Business Unit of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking an exceptionally talented, motivated, and creative Director of Advanced Technology Lab (ATL) Wafer Fabrication position located at our Linthicum, MD facility. This position will be responsible for technical and management activities associated with foundry wafer fab operations and engineering for both production and development. The position of Director of ATL Wafer Fabrication, reports directly to the Director of ATL, and will be a full-time onsite position.

Advanced Technology Lab (ATL) - located outside of Baltimore, Maryland - where we design, manufacture, and test semiconductor products for internal and commercial production customers as well as emerging technology programs. Northrop Grumman's ATL semiconductor foundry is a unique capability supporting a range of production microelectronic devices (Silicon, Gallium Arsenide, Gallium Nitride, Silicon Carbide and other semiconductor types) and providing leading edge technology development in Superconducting Electronics, Ultra-Wideband Electronics and other Beyond-Moore's-Law technologies. Our devices enable a number of Northrop Grumman's ground-based RF Systems, avionic RF Systems, and space RF Systems.

Join us for the chance to work with an amazing, experienced, and talented team while helping serve your country. Enjoy the opportunity to grow and learn with a variety of challenging projects in R&D, ongoing long-term programs, and new programs targeting future military platforms. Our multidisciplinary foundry team enables activities from development to sustainment process engineering. ATL is responsible for all aspects of semiconductor technology including design, mask making, wafer fabrication, test, and assembly. The candidate must be a strong team participant, have excellent communication skills, and be resourceful and multi-talented. A strong understanding of semiconductor technology and microelectronic process engineering is essential.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate strong leadership characteristics, a commitment to ethics and integrity, and the capability to innovate while challenging traditional ways of doing business. In this blended role, the ideal candidate will possess the ability to balance programmatic needs to deliver results within cost, schedule, and quality parameters while encouraging and rewarding innovative behaviors in the staff.


Job Summary:

The position of Director of ATL Wafer Fabrication will be a Manager of Managers and will be responsible for resources and execution related to all aspects of Wafer Fabrication for the ATL organization including Process Engineering, Process Integration Engineering, Equipment Engineering and Wafer Fab Operations. The ATL Wafer Fabrication organization is currently 500+ employees and expected to continue to grow. This role will also have direct technical reports. In addition, the Director of ATL Wafer Fabrication will be responsible for staffing, employee tasking, project management, budget oversight, and engineering interface activities. Functional duties include hiring, onboarding, personnel performance assessments, time charging approval, and employee development.

This is a leadership position with executive interactions internally and externally, and the successful candidate must display consistent impeccable judgment and embody Northrop Grumman Value and Leadership behaviors. The successful candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, and collaborative/team settings across all levels of customers and executive leadership. The position will be empowered to create his/her own vision and execute that vision in line with business needs.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or Business and a minimum of 10 years related leadership experience in semiconductor-related operations, manufacturing, engineering, and/or program management
  • Experience managing organizations over 100 employees with 24/7 manufacturing environment(s)
  • Proven skills/experience building high performing cross-functional teams and culture to achieve operational excellence and meet the expectations of internal customers/stakeholders
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task when there are competing stakeholders' demands on you and the team
  • Ability to formulate, communicate and execute complex project plans and initiatives
  • Strong business and financial acumen
  • Excellent interpersonal and critical thinking skills. Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of leadership, engineers, shop floor employees, and support function employees
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint)
  • Commitment to inclusive and positive employee relations, ethics, and compliance
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret (TS) with SCI clearance; US citizenship required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 15 years of relevant experience including prior experience with semiconductor engineering and device fabrication
  • Master's degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or Business
  • Experience managing organizations over 500 employees with 24/7 manufacturing environment(s)
  • Experience with both semiconductor technology development and production/manufacturing operations
  • Experience with both silicon and compound semiconductor technologies
  • Led a wafer fab start-up, capital ramp or other significant infrastructure effort
  • Advanced knowledge of Atlassian Tools (JIRA, Confluence)
  • Experience with Industry https://4.0 enablement of an organization
  • Active Top Secret (TS) with SCI clearance

Salary Range: $177,400 - $266,000

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. https://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 .

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 . https://U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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