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Principal/Senior Principal Material Process Engineer (Up to a $10,000 Sign-on Bonus)

Requisition ID: R10078064

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Linthicum, MD, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SCI
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking 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.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission!

Northrop Grumman Payload & Ground Systems Engineering organization has an opening for a Principal or Sr. Principal Material Engineer to join our qualified, engaged, and diverse engineering team. This position will be located in Linthicum, Maryland.

Material Engineers are involved in the flow-down and compliance of requirements to ensure specific materials and processes used in manufactured products and systems are reliable and effective. Their work spans all program phases, including proposal, design & development, manufacturing, integration & test, and post-delivery/launch support anomaly investigations.

The Material Engineer is responsible for material-based management for our production space programs for electrical and mechanical hardware. This high visibility position requires a motivated, self-starter with an engineering and material background with excellent interpersonal skills to respond to program customer product needs and concerns. This candidate will require extensive technical understanding of the following: Printed Wiring Boards (PWBs), connectors, cables, metallic and non-metallic (polymer and graphite composites, etc.) materials. Candidate will be expected to work effectively with Program Management Office (PMO), Global Supply Chain, Division Category Management, External Program Suppliers, Integrated Product Team, Operations Program Management, Manufacturing, Hardware and Component Engineering, and other organizations to resolve supplier technical topics in support of manufacturing and production strategy and execution. Candidate is expected to have the ability to work both independently and within a team demonstrating the ability to multi-task and communicate effectively with varying levels of program customers and functional organization leadership. Travel required to key suppliers on a regular basis.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide technical assistance to space flight programs
  • Review and comment on all engineering drawings and RNs
  • Work with Materials & Processes (M&P) on getting new Drawing Numbers assigned.
  • Work with outgassing lab to get samples tested per ASTM E595
  • Support Configuration Control Board and Parts, Materials, and Processes Control Board meetings for space flight programs.
  • Support Expert Reviews and Design Reviews.
  • Attend and participate in conferences on contamination control. Stay current.
  • Maintain contact with other NGSP M&P engineers
  • Review certifications for materials used for space flight programs.
  • Work on the identification on alternate materials that can be used for space and assist with the qualification process steps. 

This role can be filled at the Principal (Level 3) or Senior Principal (Level 4) position

Basic Qualifications:

  • Principal Engineer Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in STEM with 5 years of experience; 3 years with a MS degree; or with a Ph.D. with no experience, OR in lieu of a degree 9 years of experience
  • Senior Principal Engineer Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in STEM with 9 years of experience; 7 years with a MS degree; or 5 years with a Ph.D. OR in lieu of a degree 13 years of experience
  • Experience in an Engineering, Supply Chain and/or Manufacturing role(s)
  • Demonstrated experience with formulating technical solutions to material, assembly, and process engineering challenges
  • Demonstrated experience using Windows software packages, and other supplier quality and global supply chain databases and reports
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • TS/SCI clearance
  • Electrical & Mechanical Component/Commodity Engineering experience
  • Experience with manufacturing techniques for printed wiring boards, connectors, cables, tiles, manifolds, backplanes, MMICs/ASICs, panels, and mechanical assemblies
  • Prior project experience managing material selection implementation.
  • Knowledge of FAR & DFAR requirements
  • Knowledge of ISO 9001/AS9100 requirements
  • Specialty metals compliance, non-metallic materials compliance, electronic parts compliance, and space traceability requirements


Salary Range: $90,600 USD - $136,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $112,300 USD - $168,500 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.