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Principal Engineer Process

Requisition ID: R10081104

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Plymouth, MN, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 50% 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.

Our Missile Products Division in Plymouth, MN has an excellent opportunity for a Principal Process Engineer whose duties and required experience are described below.


As a Principal Process Engineer in the Fuzing and Warheads Development Group, you will be responsible to ensure that production engineering best practices and systems are defined and followed in the product and process design phase and into manufacturing start-up through rate production.  You will work with various disciplines including design, production, quality, safety, functional managers, program managers, and external suppliers to ensure your products are design for production, assembly, manufacture, test and any other key production attributes.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide a production perspective during the development process, to make sure production requirements are addressed for our multiple programs and products that are manufactured at our ABL West Virginia location and locations outside of ABL, including key teammates and suppliers.
  • Work with Production Engineering to establish requirements and specifications for special test equipment, manufacturing equipment and tooling, and inspection equipment to be used in production.
  • Maintain a product risk register or integrate in the program risk register production concerns, risks, issues, and risk mitigation activities to ensure a success production startup.
  • Developing and maintaining production pricing cost model (AUPC)
  • Identifying and coordinating tooling and STE in preparation for production scaling (Supporting production preparation/bidding)
  • Reviewing and presenting manufacturing and technology readiness for milestone gates (MRL/TRL)
  • Act as the point of contact between production and design to coordinate, delegate and resolve design related issues that occur during production such as parts obsolescence and material review board (MRB) activities.
  • Oversee department Build Readiness Reviews (BRRs) and Production Readiness Reviews (PRRs)
  • Manage change to ensure that products and process changes will not affect production performance.
  • Complete data reviews and track production metrics to provide feedback and lessons learned on what works and does not work in production.
  • Spearhead and lead charge for DFMA workshops to insure that early in product development manufacturing, key suppliers, test, quality is being included in the product definition. 
  • Drive common lines, common processes, common parts where possible across programs to get maximum leverage of synergies.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to internal and external customers
  • Provide support to our Fuzing and Warheads business lane pursuits, including the preparation of white papers and proposals.

Put your skills to the test by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. From global defense to sustainment and modernization to deterring and defeating any adversary, your experience and ability will make it a reality. Our programs are built on equal parts of curiosity and collaboration. Our combined effort means our customers can connect and defend millions of people around the world. With Northrop Grumman, you’ll have the opportunity to be an essential part of projects that will define your career, now and in the future. #NGSkills


  • Must have at least 9 years of experience.  Will consider a BS in STEM, preferably Electrical Engineering plus 5 years of experience or a MS in STEM plus at least 3 years of experience.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Ability to multitask and organize/prioritize job assignments and direct reports in a rapidly changing, short turn-around environment.
  • Working knowledge of manufacturing processes to include PWB manufacturing, SMT component placement, and electronics packaging.
  • Strong communication skills, oral and written.
  • Understanding of Six Sigma disciplines, design for assembly / design for manufacturing (DFA/DFM).
  • Possess an understanding of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) or process control
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point, Project).
  • Ability to travel, approximately 2 times per month to production facilities and suppliers.
  • Security regulations require that the individual must be a U.S. citizen and must have the ability to obtain a DoD security clearance to a level of SECRET.

Salary Range: $88,000 USD - $132,000 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.