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Principal / Senior Principal Engineer Systems – Advanced Materials Development

Requisition ID: R10024827

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Clearfield, Utah, 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.

The Advanced Technology and Materials group is seeking innovative, self-driven System Engineers with a strong manufacturing background to join our dynamic, multifaceted team.  As one of us, your mission will be to ensure that the technology you help develop will protect our nation’s newest rockets and aircraft to meet the stringent standards our nation’s fleet requires.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to complete a wide variety of challenges than span the gamut of effort required to accomplish a world class manufacturing system for a new material designed to protect advanced carbon fiber composite structures. This will include implementing Agile and Lean manufacturing strategies, and developing routines and procedures that meet our quality and manufacturing standards. It will involve acquiring and analyzing data and writing procedures and reports. Our team is responsible for taking technology from pilot scale to production. Along the way, you will learn all about the technologies that make our external protection materials (EPM) unique, gaining valuable insight to ensure our tested products are assets our nation’s bravest service members can trust.

Typical core working hours are from 8:30am to 4pm. The shift is 80 hours over 9 days, which means you get every other Friday off (how great is that?). We have a strong team environment where we all work together with respect and inclusion to solve our hardest problems.  One of your roles will be mentoring junior team members in manufacturing excellence principals.

This role may be filled at the Principal Engineer or Senior Principal Engineer level depending on the qualifications below.

Basic Qualifications:

Principal Engineer

  • BS degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) discipline with 5+ years of relevant work experience, or MS degree in a STEM discipline with 3+ years of relevant work experience
  • Experience with maturing manufacturing processes
  • Must be a US citizen with the ability to obtain a DoD Secret clearance

Senior Principal Engineer

  • BS degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) discipline with 9+ years of relevant work experience, or MS degree in a STEM discipline with 7+ years of relevant work experience
  • Experience with maturing manufacturing processes
  • Must be a US citizen with the ability to obtain a DoD Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Industry experience related to aerospace materials (metals, carbon fiber composites, elastomers)
  • Understanding and command of Lean and Agile manufacturing strategies
  • Manufacturing Review Board (MRB) experience
  • Root cause and corrective action (RCCA) & risk analysis experience
  • Active DoD Secret clearance


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Salary Range: $87,600 USD - $131,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $108,600 USD - $163,000 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.