Sr Principal Engineer Supplier Quality

Requisition ID: 21009328

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Citizenship IconUS Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes –May Consider Occasional/Part Time Teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 75 % of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.   Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for launch systems capabilities serving national security, military, civil and commercial customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible.   Northrop Grumman SSSD has an opening for a Sr. Principal Engineer Supplier Quality to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will support and require travel to supplier sites in Boston, MA, New York, NY, or New Hampshire.   In this role you will be responsible for:  
  • Supplier Quality risk management.
  • Develops and implements supplier quality evaluation and control systems.
  • Assures supplier process and product quality, including contractual, regulatory, and technical compliance.
  •  Interfaces directly with supplier personnel and must be knowledgeable in and capable of assessing both supplier quality and manufacturing processes and procedures.
  • Conducts product and process verification activities, monitors supplier quality performance, and drives root cause corrective action analysis for supplier quality issues.
  • Supports the maintenance of the approved supplier list and periodically reviews supplier performance to determine whether suppliers should remain on the approved list.
  • Manages supplier requests for waivers, deviations and discrepancy reporting process.
  • Keeps management apprised of supplier performance, quality status, and risks.
  • Coordinates and oversees Supplier Quality plan implementation through all program phases.
  • Actively engages in supplier evaluation, qualification and selection as part of the Business Acquisition Process (BAP) and as new procurements are required on existing programs.
  • Manages implementation of Supplier Quality processes, including supplier approval activities, source selection evaluations, supplier classification designation (Critical, Key and Standard), development and execution of supplier quality risk assessments and mitigation plans, and supplier quality requirements development and flow-downs.
  Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program. As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for: Medical, Dental & Vision coverage 401k Educational Assistance Life Insurance Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions Paid Time Off Health & Wellness Resources Employee Discounts Flexible Schedules:  For example, some roles offer the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work   For more details, please view Northrop Grumman Benefits.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) related field plus nine years of related engineering experience; Master of Science in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) related field plus seven years of related engineering experience or four years of experience with PHD
  • Candidate must have the ability to travel up to 75% of the time
  • Experience working in a manufacturing lab with microelectronics assembly or inspection 
  • Familiarity with component level structures in microelectronic assembly and/or inspection (i.e how IMA's complex circuit boards and hybrids work) 
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following: MILSTD883, JSTD,  IPC inspection, and assembly criteria 
  • Microelectronics space hardware experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Aerospace and defense experience
  • Solder and PCB electrical manufacturing experience
  • Space Mechanical Hardware experience
  • Mission Assurance and Quality Background
  • Knows how to lead or facilitate RCCA meetings and perform fishbone and 5why diagrams
  • MS office knowledge
  • Knowledge of Excel
  • Active TS, SCI, or SSBI security clearance


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 www.northropgrumman.com/EEO

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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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