HR Business Partner 3/4 - Sunnyvale

The Human Resources (HR) team at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking a candidate to join a growing community of committed HR professionals in Sunnyvale, California. Our HR community is composed of incredible people with different abilities, diverse thinking and varied backgrounds who find professional fulfillment in strategic thinking, change management, understanding and advocating for employees, supporting the coaching and development of the management team, and solving organizational challenges through our partnership with business leadership. The selected candidate will have ownership for providing HR Business Partner Support to our Manufacturing/Production Operations organization for Marine Systems.

Come be a part of securing our nations freedom and make a difference with the work you do. The Sunnyvale, California facility is instrumental in delivering high quality products to the United States Navy which are trusted to protect and defend the United States of America.

The selected candidate will partner with leadership on the implementation of HR strategy, including employee relations, Union negotiations, CBA implementation, performance management, rewards and recognition, leadership selections and development and other areas as a Human Resources subject matter expert. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate leadership and relationship building skills, a commitment to ethics and integrity, and the capability to innovate while challenging traditional ways of doing business. Skillful verbal and written communication talents are required and the ideal candidate will have prior success building or enhancing a collaborative, supportive and understanding work environment in a Unionized setting. The successful candidate will demonstrate how they have supported their prior teams through organization, self-motivation and task ownership skills, with the ability to accomplish complex duties in a high-impact, time sensitive environment.

Specific duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Establish intimate understanding of the business, build and expand relationships with client leadership teams, and create close partnerships across the organizations
  • Maintain credibility as a subject matter expert in the applicable collective bargaining agreements in effect at the site.
  • Proactively maintain collaborative relationships with Union leaders
  • Investigate and close out grievances within assigned area.
  • Identify trends, risks, and opportunities within the organization and develop solutions in partnership with leadership. Advise leadership on new ideas and winning practices in the areas of talent acquisition, assessment, development, compensation, organizational effectiveness, strategy, on-boarding, change management and communications
  • Analyze and concisely present information to the management team to enable business growth and sound decision making
  • Provide business insight through data analysis, research and benchmarking
  • Play a key change leadership role in the company's transformation by reinforcing a culture of growth, innovation and calculated risk taking through the application of human capital strategy, tools and processes
  • Support and enable leaders to make informed decisions about talent and to hold their organizations accountable for business results

This position requires the ability to relate to a unionized touch labor workforce as well as executive senior leadership and the ideal candidate will possess a track record of leadership and decision making skills with the ability to realize results in an environment of ambiguity.

Candidate may be required to travel up to 10% of time for domestic business, sometimes with short notice.

  • This position may be filled as a Level 3 or a Level 4. Requirements for each are listed below.

Basic Qualifications:

Basic Qualifications for a Level 3 are:

  • Bachelor's degree required plus a minimum of 6 years of experience in HR or related field
  • Experience working in a Unionized environment and an understanding of applicable NLRB practices and policies.
  • Proven experience in being proactive in building relationship with leaders as well as touch labor employees
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills, with demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with and influence others. Proficient in Microsoft office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to support the business and HR team with minimal task supervision, utilizing relationships to ensure alignment with organizational priorities

Basic Qualifications for a Level 4 are:

  • Bachelor's degree required plus a minimum of 10 years of experience in HR or related field
  • Experience working in a Unionized environment and an understanding of applicable NLRB practices and policies.
  • Proven experience in being proactive in building relationship with leaders as well as touch labor employees
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills, with demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with and influence others. Proficient in Microsoft office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to support the business and HR team with minimal task supervision, utilizing relationships to ensure alignment with organizational priorities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred degree in Industrial Labor Relations, Human Resource management, Business, Organization Development, Industrial Organizational Psychology, or related field
  • Experience as a labor relations professional, responsible for maintaining relationships with Union officials
  • Change management experience
  • Proven ability to challenge and push back working with difficult people or tough client group leaders
  • Working knowledge of HRIS platforms and technology, with preferred applications experience in PeopleSoft/CHR, SAP, Taleo/Talent and Saba Learning Exchange (LX)
  • Advanced problem solving skills and the ability to be flexible and adjust direction when needed
  • Experience in proactive HR assessment, diagnosis and solutioning of business challenges
  • Proven ability to lead cross-functional projects to completion including organizing, planning, scheduling and following up on all project related items
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a 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.


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