Principal Engineer Quality

Requisition ID: R10014620

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Baltimore - MD, United States of America
  • 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 Final Assembly Factory Quality Engineering Team at our BWI campus.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Applies technical knowledge in industry standard quality engineering methods, interpretation of drawing requirements and applicable specifications & standards, and mechanical measurement & analysis

  • Proactively establishes and maintains 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: Complete understanding and wide application of technical principle, theories, and concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related disciplines.

  • Problem Solving: Provide technical solutions to a wide range of complex difficult problems. Solutions are imaginative, thorough, practicable, and consistent with organization objectives.

  • Discretion/Latitude: Works under only general direction. Independently determines and develops approach to solutions. Work is reviewed upon completion for adequacy in meeting objectives.

  • Impact: Contributes to the completion of specific programs and projects. Failure to obtain results or erroneous decisions or recommendations would typically result in serious program delays and considerable expenditure of resources.

  • Liaison: Frequent inter-organizational and outside customer contacts. Represents the organization in providing solutions to difficult technical issues associated with specific projects.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related STEM field

  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience; or three (3) years with Master’s Degree; or zero (0) years with PhD

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a SECRET clearance. US Citizenship Required.

  • Solid written and verbal technical communication skills

  • 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

  • Experience with Quality Management Systems (e.g. AS9100, ISO 9001, etc…)

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications

Preferred Qualifications

  • ASQ Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), Reliability Engineer (CRE), and/or Quality Auditor (CQA)

  • J-STD-001, IPC-A-610, and IPC/WHMA-A-620 certifications

  • Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, Black Belt, or Master Black Belt

  • Experience leading or working on Agile project teams

  • Experience with World Class Manufacturing (WCM)

  • Seasoned facilitator for Root Cause Corrective Action (RCCA) and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) activities

  • Well-versed in the application of industry standard statistical methods, including through implementation of statistical analysis software applications (e.g. Minitab)

  • Strong background in design and/or manufacturing of electromechanical products

  • Defense industry experience, including interface with government customers

  • Experience with shipping and logistics processes

  • Experience maintaining positive supplier relationships, including through successful resolution of supplier quality challenges

  • Active DoD Secret Clearance


Salary Range: 87800 - 131600

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. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 ( we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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.

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We offer an array of benefits to give you the support you need, including matching 401K, tuition assistance, health insurance and wellness options, coaching, mentoring and more.