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Sr Principal Engineer Quality

Northrop Grumman

Baltimore, MD 21217
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RELOCATION ASSISTANCE: No relocation assistance available


TRAVEL: Yes, 10% of the Time


Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our worlds biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking a Sr. Principal Quality Engineer to join our Final Assembly Factory Quality Engineering Team at our BWI campus. This specific position will serve as the Lead Test Quality Engineer for Final Assembly.

**Primary Responsibilities**

+ Applies extensive technical knowledge in industry standard quality engineering methods, interpretation of drawing requirements and applicable specifications & standards, and mechanical measurement & analysis
+ Proactively establishes and maintains high technical competency in products, manufacturing and business processes, and related technologies
+ Confidently facilitates efforts to resolve complex quality problems using sound problem-solving methodology including through application of established root cause analysis and corrective/preventive action methods
+ Leads efforts to identify and reduce safety, quality, and business risks through application of formal and informal methods
+ Leads efforts to reduce waste and improve processes through application of established continual improvement methods
+ Engages directly in shop floor activities across Final Assembly manufacturing cells including through monitoring of manufacturing processes, leading quality assessments and audits, and controlling and review of non-conforming material
+ Facilitates Preventive & Corrective Action Board (PCAB) process including leading and participating in data gathering, analysis, and presentation activities
+ Promotes and implements World Class Manufacturing (WCM) framework
+ Serves as a strong voice for quality and a role model for NG Values
+ Trains, mentors, and develops junior-level personnel, and participates in the design and implementation of training materials
+ Serves as a Factory Quality Engineering liaison for adjacent Quality functions including Supplier Performance Management, Compliance, Program Quality, and Inspection

**Job Characteristics**

+ **Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:** Applies extensive technical expertise, and has full knowledge of other related disciplines. Able to communicate effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings.
+ **Problem Solving:** Develops technical solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity.
+ **Discretion/Latitude:** Work is performed without appreciable direction. Exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignment. Completed work is reviewed from a relatively long-term perspective, for desired results.
+ **Impact:** Guides the successful completion of major programs and may function in a project leadership role. Erroneous decisions or recommendations would typically result in failure to achieve major organizational objectives.
+ **Liaison:** Represents the organization as the prime technical contact on contracts and projects. Interacts with senior external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations.

**Basic Qualifications**

+ Bachelors Degree in Engineering or related STEM field
+ Minimum of nine (9) years of relevant work experience; or seven (7) years with Masters Degree; or four (4) years with PhD
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a SECRET clearance. US Citizenship Required.
+ Strong interpersonal skills including ability to establish and maintain positive working relationship with stakeholders and customers at all levels, ranging from conversations on the shop floor through briefing senior management
+ Manufacturing or Quality Assurance Experience
+ Understanding of Root Cause Corrective Action process
+ Experience working with electrical or mechanical design requirements and specifications.
+ Experience with SAP or other similar logistical software
+ Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications

**Preferred Qualifications**

+ J-STD-001, IPC-A-610, and IPC/WHMA-A-620 certifications
+ Experience with World Class Manufacturing (WCM)
+ Experience with Quality Management Systems (e.g. AS9100, ISO 9001, etc)
+ Experience working with DCMA or other defense or government customers
+ Strong background in electronic and RF testing requirements and troubleshooting failures
+ Defense industry experience, including interface with government customers
+ Experience conducting, leading and supporting audits
+ Experience working or leading Root Cause and Corrective Action activities
+ Active DoD Secret Clearance


Salary Range: $112,300.00 - $168,500.00

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. 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 . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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With careers across all areas: air, cyber, land, sea and space our 90,000 employees work as one to defend and define the future. Northrop Grumman careers and internships are as varied as your interests, with a lifetime of potential that will give you every opportunity to do your best work. Working together with people from many backgrounds, personal passions and disciplines, we share a drive to push the boundaries of science, technology and engineering to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide.
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