Senior / Principal Quality Engineer – Space / Satellite Systems

Requisition ID: 21008785

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, Virginia
  • Citizenship IconUS Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No –Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10 % 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!   We have an opening for a Quality Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Tactical Space organization. This position will be located in Dulles, VA.   In this role you will:
  • Be the expert in the nonconformance flow and each factor of the nonconformance process
  • Understand and assimilate large amounts of complex data, simplifying it for appropriate actions and communication.
  • Provide problem solving approaches that are sensitive to and effective within a wide variety of cultural frames of reference, value systems and business practices;
  • Work within the manufacturing and spacecraft integration process to support nonconformance resolution and proper Root Cause and Corrective Action implementation.
  • Use data analysis techniques to assist in development of effective yet practical solutions, and eliminate organizational obstacles for implementing positive corrective actions.
  • Provide substantive insight and contributions that add value to the business processes
  • Successfully interact with different levels in the organization to drive nonconformance investigations and resolutions effectively and efficiently
  • Work within the configuration management process to ensure processes exist and identify processes that need to be created or improved.
  • Work autonomously and develop metrics, reports, business cases to drive improvement through the use of data, facts, return of investment, and risk assessments
  • Articulate problem statements to lead Root Cause Analysis teams to proper Root Cause and Corrective Actions
  • Contribute as a subject matter expert in at least one area of manufacturing, integration, or any other part of the product life cycle. (Experience in Circuit Card Assemblies design/manufacturing or space harness assemblies preferred)
  Job Responsibilities:
  • Reduce the Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ) by identifying actionable trends, making a business case, and working within the assigned Work Center(s) to drive improvements with the end goal of reducing the number of Non-conformances
  • Review nonconformance reports for data accuracy.
  • Review practices, procedures and processes seeking avenues to improve efficiency and effectiveness and reduce risk to product quality.
  • Understand technical and Mission Assurance (MA) requirements and ensure these requirements are integrated into specifications and product drawings.
  • Provide information in discrepancy review, failure investigations, as well as cause and corrective action determinations.
  • Support Mission Assurance at different review boards such as a Corrective Action Boards (CAB), & Material Review Boards (MRB).
  • Provide tracking and reporting metrics and provide support of internal and external MA briefings.
  • Support root cause and problem solving analysis.
  • Assist in monitoring the COPQ for systemic issues and take/make recommendations for Corrective Actions.
  • Ensure approved tasks from Nonconforming Reports, Material Review Boards (MRBs) and Failure Review Boards (FRBs) are completed expeditiously.
  • Use or review outputs from Root Cause analysis tools (Ex: Fishbone, Fault Tree, 5-Why)
  • Develop or contribute to Design of Experiments
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This position can be filled at the Principal or Sr. Principal level.   Basic Qualifications:  Principal Engineer
  • Must have a Bachelor’s in a STEM Discipline (preferably Engineering) with 5 years of experience; or a Master’s degree with 3 years of experience; or a PhD
  • 3-5 years of experience in a space/aerospace environment within Safety and Mission Assurance or Quality Assurance
  • 5 years of experience in at least one area of manufacturing, integration, or any other part of the product life cycle
  Sr. Principal Engineer
  • Must have a Bachelor’s in a STEM Discipline (preferably Engineering) with 9 years of experience; or a Master’s degree with 7 years of experience; or a PhD with 4 years of experience
  • 7-9 years of experience in a space/aerospace environment within Safety and Mission Assurance or Quality Assurance
  • 7 years of experience in at least one area of manufacturing, integration, or any other part of the product life cycle
  Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in Circuit Card Assemblies design/manufacturing or space harness assemblies preferred
  • Six Sigma/Lean training
  • Relevant ASQ certifications
  • SharePoint forms and workflows
  • Excel Pivot Tables
  • Python
  • Minitab
  • Working knowledge of J-STD/NASA workmanship specifications, with regard to Circuit Card Assembly (CCA), Harness and Space System Integration
  The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft.  We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA’s Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants.  Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components.    Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program. As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including: 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 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 visit our total rewards site or chat with one of our recruiters to learn more. Link: www.northropgrumman.com/benefits   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. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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