Prncpl Engr Operations Pgm

Requisition ID: R10007100

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Buffalo - NY, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • 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 Sector is seeking a Principal Operations Program Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals at our Buffalo, NY campus.

This position will be the point-of-contact between Manufacturing and the Program Management organization on assigned programs or projects.  In addition to the Manufacturing and Program Management groups, this position will work heavily with Quality & Mission Excellence, Engineering, Business Management and Global Supply Chain. In this role, the individual will ensure schedule and cost conformance on assigned programs or projects by acting as the Control Account Manager (CAM) in a high-energy environment supporting the procurement, build, and test of electronic warfare simulation equipment. Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate all aspects of manufacturing scope of work throughout program lifecycle including procurement coordination, manpower and capacity planning, and reporting of program cost, schedule, technical and quality performance.
  • Function as an interface between Manufacturing and functional groups and provide leadership through design, build, test, and delivery to achieve customer, program and company objectives.
  • Act as the CAM for Manufacturing, including assembly, test and manufacturing support functions, on assigned programs or projects.
  • Manage resource loading of the manufacturing area, which includes establishing schedules that are in line with organizational capacities.
  • Work to develop better methods/models to manage labor resources and improve forecasting accuracy.
  • Work to develop better metrics and visibility in reporting of program cost, schedule and quality.
  • Estimate the Operations content in proposals to secure new business and ensure the accuracy, feasibility and affordability of pricing data that is being presented to customers.
  • Manage all operations of requesting/performing entity when a supplier or Northrop Grumman (NG) facility is performing Amherst builds, or when Amherst is performing builds for another NG facility, including but not limited to:
    • Make/buy decisions
    • Quote coordination
    • Intercompany Work Order (IWO) creation and maintenance working through Global Supply Chain (GSC)
    • Material tracking and coordination of kitting
    • Build status
    • Schedule performance
    • Cost performance
    • Quality/technical issues
    • Relationship management
    • Continuous improvement strategy and implementation
  • May require occasional travel (up to ~4 times per year).

In addition to the Operation Program Engineering responsibilities, this role will also carry with it some responsibilities in the fields of Production Planning and Control, Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering. The individual in this role should be able to help with these other functions when team members are not available or if assigned as a stretch project. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Process Manufacturing Build Authorizations (MBAs) and Purchase Requisitions (PRs)
  • Create Manufacturing Orders (MOs)
  • Provide material status
  • Expedite material shortages
  • Coordinate issuing and picking of material to floor
  • Review and process Inventory Movement Forms (IMFs)
  • Process Engineering Change Notifications (ECNs)
  • Create estimates and labor standards for assembly and test

This individual will also need to have strong technical skills, as this position interfaces heavily with Engineering and works technical issues, as well as the ability and desire to be a leader and change agent and drive improvement into our processes. Those working in this role will need to have a solid technical background in order to effectively communicate with the engineering, assembly and test team members.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in an Engineering discipline or Bachelor of Science degree with equivalent technical background plus 5 years of related experience; or Master of Science degree in Engineering or technical discipline plus 3 years of experience
  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment
  • Ability to provide direction to determine priorities to achieve goals
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment
  • Ability to prepare and analyze data and figures
  • Ability to comprehend and analyze complex problems and develop solutions

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering or Business Administration
  • Production Planning knowledge
  • Customer interface skills
  • Control Account Manager (CAM) experience
  • Continuous Improvement (CI) experience
  • Supplier management experience
  • Quoting/estimating experience
  • Experience with EVMS or clear understanding of Earned Value (EV)


Salary Range: 76000 - 114000

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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