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Principal Quality Engineer/ Sr Principal Quality Engineer

Requisition ID: R10068242

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • 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 Space Systems sector is seeking a Principal Quality Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals located in Baltimore, MD.

This position is part of the Payload & Ground Systems Quality Team supporting a Space Integration and Test Programs. This position ensures that all quality aspects are met and the end product meets all contractual requirements .Areas of specialization include design, incoming material, production control, product evaluation, process evaluation, reliability review, documentation signoff, testing support, and detailed inspection.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Performing in-process inspections (including closeouts) and final inspections for product build documentation review as defined by contract requirements.
  • Perform detailed inspections on both the EEE and Mechanical components at the piece part level as well as the assembly and sub-assembly level
  • Uphold quality standards and workmanship practices in assigned work centers by learning/practicing process specifications and employing quality workmanship standards during everyday job functions
  • Generate non-conformance reports for discrepancies
  • Independent observers for all critical tasks (i.e. S/C lifts, movements, etc). The inspection/independent-observer responsibility cannot be delegated to anyone with a specific hands-on role in the task nor can the inspector perform any specific hands-on role.
  • Use standard visual and mechanical inspection techniques and tools
  • Interact with both internal and external customers on a variety of technical solutions
  • Read drawings, drawing notes, drawing call outs and other technical data
  • Monitor all nonconformance activity and provide support to I&T MA Manager/Lead for MRB/FRB process and also in ensuring proper actions are taken to determine root cause and implement appropriate corrective actions.
  • Function as the Safety overseer in absence of Safety Assurance and is responsible for meeting the requirements for witnessing all hazardous operation steps in the WI, MES Plan or Procedure.
  • Monitor all configuration changes and authorize Test Deviations and CTP forms and all other supporting documentation, when needed.
  • Ensure the Inspection Characteristics are reviewed in a timely manner as part of any in-process inspections and issue the acceptance tags for closure of all electronic and/or paper work instructions and/or procedures during the Final Inspection process, in accordance with the program quality plan.
  • Ensure quality records are archived and properly closed in the electronic database used for the specific program in accordance with the program quality plan.
  • Ensures that QME performance and quality conform to established contract and company requirements.
  • Provides proactive support to identify potential issues and concerns. Investigates problems and assists in the disposition and corrective actions for recurring discrepancies.
  • Use methods and procedures for inspecting, testing and evaluating the precision and accuracy of products and production equipment.
  • This position is a pipeline opportunity to advance into the Space Mission Quality Excellence organization. Candidate must be capable of obtaining high level security clearances for future advancements in the Space QME organization.
  • This position may be required to work weekends, holidays, extended shifts and/or shift work

Basic Qualifications

  • Principal Engineer: Bachelor's + 5 years of exp; Masters + 3 years; or PhD.; or 9 years of exp in lieu of degree.
  • Sr Principal Engineer: Bachelor's + 9 years of exp; Masters + 7 years; or PhD +4 years.; or 13 years of exp in lieu of degree
  • Ability to obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance
  • Must be able to read engineering documentation and inspect to drawings and parts lists, inspection plans, and supplemental instructions
  • Experience in Quality Assurance or relevant experience in Electrical, Mechanical, or Electro-mechanical field of work performing technical job function
  • Excellent presentation, oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated success working individually or as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to make informed decisions
  • Experience utilizing Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access,)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active/current Top Secret security clearance
  • Experience with SAP, MES, TipQA
  • Knowledge in how to read schematics or wire lists
  • Knowledge of Process Improvement Methodologies (e.g. Lean, Six Sigma)
  • Understanding of ISO9001 and/or AS9100 standards, audit experience
  • Familiar with MA and Space processes and systems
  • Familiar with integration and test processes and techniques related to integrating and testing space vehicles

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 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. 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.