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Principal / Sr Principal Engineer Quality

Requisition ID: R10054430

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Baltimore, Maryland, 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/Sr. Principal Quality Engineer to join our Final Assembly Factory Quality Engineering Team at our BWI campus in Baltimore, MD.

The Principal/Sr. Principal Quality Engineer:

  • 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

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related STEM field
  • Principal Quality Engineer Experience: Minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience; or three (3) years with Master’s Degree; or zero (0) years with PhD
  • Sr. Principal Quality Engineer Experience: Minimum of nine(9) years of relevant work experience; or seven (7) years with Master’s 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
  • Experience with Quality Management Systems (e.g. AS9100, ISO 9001, etc.)
  • Trained and experienced in problem solving/ RCCAs
  • Experience working with electrical and/or mechanical design requirements and specifications.
  • Experience with SAP or other similar logistical software
  • 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, IPC/WHMA-A-620, IPC 7711/7721 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)
  • Experience working with DCMA or other defense or government customers
  • Experience with customer submittals and shipping processes and requirements
  • 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
  • Experience mentoring, training or leading less experienced engineers
  • Experience leading Preventative and Corrective Action Board activities
  • Active DoD Secret Clearance


Salary Range: $88,000 USD - $132,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $109,100 USD - $163,700 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.