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Senior Principal Tool Engineer

Requisition ID: R10058095

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: El Segundo, California, 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 Aeronautics Systems sector is seeking a Senior Principal Tool Designer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in El Segundo, CA, where technology and teamwork come together. The qualified applicant will become part of Northrop Grumman’s Tooling Department in a collaborative environment while promoting a positive and proactive work environment.

Senior Principal Tool Designer job duties in the Tooling Department involve the following: design industrial machinery and equipment to ensure the best tooling technique is being used to satisfy the design and manufacturing process, participating in tool design reviews to ensure tools are feasible and support build times and program costs during assembly, provide liaison support internally as well to external suppliers. Designed tools should consider such factors as accessibility, economy, mobility, and performance. This position also supports offsite tooling efforts including: managing tooling suppliers, solving technical fabrication concerns at suppliers, traveling to suppliers to ensure NGC tooling requirements are met, coordinating with the analyst team for supplier bids and schedules.

Senior Principal Tool Designers are expected to provide technical solutions to a wide range of complex and difficult problems. They are problem solvers who have the ability to provide results that are innovative, thorough, practical, and consistent with organization objectives. We seek Senior Principal Tool Designers that use a unique skill set that includes a hands-on approach and act as a technical representative voice for the Tooling organization.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 9 years' experience in composite and/or assembly tooling design experience; Master's Degree with 7 years’ experience; 13 years' experience in lieu of a degree

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven record of tooling design capability and innovation at all levels of complexity
  • Proficiency with NX or CATIA
  • Experience with tool design in an aircraft assembly line environment
  • Project management experience with tool design
  • Root Cause Analysis/CPATS experience in tooling and working directly with shop floor personnel to identify root causes

Salary Range: $114,300 USD - $171,500 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.