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Manufacturing Engineering Manager 1

Requisition ID: R10078563

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: East Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top 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.

Adaptive Optics Associates – Xinetics (AOA Xinetics), a wholly-owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems (NGSP), Payload and Ground Systems Division Business Venture, is currently seeking a Manufacturing Engineering Manager 1 to support Special Programs activities in East Hartford, CT.

AOA Xinetics (AOX) designs, develops, and manufactures precision, advanced optical products and systems such as deformable mirrors, optical systems, adaptive optics control systems and silicon carbide optical structures for the U.S. Government, commercial customers, and U.S. defense prime and second-tier contractors. Markets for these technologies include civilian astronomy and semiconductor capital equipment as well as defense ISR and Directed Energy. Several potential direct and adjacent application areas also exist. The Company has substantial growth opportunities in support of many U.S. Government and NGSP business initiatives.


Reporting to the Special Programs Manufacturing Engineering Manager, the Manufacturing Engineering Manager 1 will perform Manufacturing Engineering team support for the manufacturing organization. They will coordinate manufacturing engineering support resources with projects that support key business initiatives for Special Programs. Solve quality related issues and improvements related to the Manufacturing process. New product introduction ensuring MRL (Manufacturing Readiness Level) aligns to Program requirements as hardware transitions from development to production


  • Lead the East Hartford manufacturing Engineering organization as it relates to Special Programs activities

  • Collaborate with peers and peer organizations in the development of production items

  • Lead significant projects critical to improve manufacturing process capability & quality performance

  • Use data to promote RCCA methods to support legacy and new product production

  • Develop, plan, & implement capital requirements to support productivity improvements, technology insertion, manufacturing automation and capacity for future programs

  • Create and drive development /growth plans for team members

  • Drive product cost reduction through process improvements and deployment of new technologies

  • Identify systems and process goals (KPI’s) to ensure that work cells and equipment meet operational performance

  • Responsible for the review, feedback, and drive to release, of work instructions, material, and manufacturing flows

  • Encourage and develop standard work, procedures, and integrate industry-standard best practices for Continuous Improvement and LEAN implementation

  • Accountable to Operations in support of manufacturing safety, quality, delivery, employee, and cost (SQDEC) for Special Programs Production Value Stream

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or related technical discipline with 5 years of related experience, or 3 years of experience with a Masters

  • Clear, concise oral and written communication skills

  • Proficient Microsoft Office applications

  • Occasional domestic travel up to 10%

  • U.S. Citizenship is a requirement for employment

  • Ability to obtain a Top-Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS in Mechanical Engineering or related technical discipline

  • Experience leading or managing engineers

  • Experience working in a commercial aerospace production environment

  • Experience in leadership of teams in resolving complex technical issues

  • Lean Sigma Green Belt or equivalent

  • Active TS/SCI

Physical Requirements:

  • This position is based in East Hartford, CT with occasional travel to Devens MA

  • Ability to work with hand tools

  • Ability to stand, walk and sit for long periods of time

Salary Range: $98,800 USD - $148,200 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

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.

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.