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Principal Engineer Quality

Requisition ID: R10072504

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

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 Mission Systems is seeking a Principal Quality Engineer to join our Quality and Mission Excellence Compliance team of qualified, diverse individuals located at our BWI campus in Baltimore, MD.

The Principal Quality Engineer:

  • Confidently facilitates efforts to resolve complex quality problems using sound problem-solving methodology – including application of established root cause analysis and corrective/preventive action methods
  • Leads efforts to identify and reduce 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 as required in shop floor activities across manufacturing cells – including monitoring of manufacturing processes, leading quality assessments and audits, and identification of non-conformances
  • Facilitates Preventive & Corrective Action Board (PCAB) process – including 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
  • Serves as a Quality Engineering liaison for adjacent Quality functions – including Supplier Performance Management, Program/Factory Quality, and Inspection
  • May be certified in lean and six-sigma quality engineering methodologies.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related STEM field
  • Relevant experience of 5+ Years with Bachelors in Science; 3+ Years with Masters; 0+ Years with PhD
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance, US citizenship
  • Excellent written and verbal interpersonal and communication skills
  • Foundation in Quality and Mission Excellence or Manufacturing applications
  • Ability to work in cross-functional teams to resolve problems or issues
  • Experience with Quality Management Systems and auditing (e.g., AS9100, ISO 9001)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active DoD Secret or Top-Secret Clearance
  • Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or Industrial Engineering
  • Experience with GIDEP/Sentinel Process


Salary Range: $90,600 USD - $136,000 USD

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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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.