Engineer Mission Assurance 3/4 – Quality

Requisition ID: 20030460

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Elkton
  • Citizenship IconUS Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes –May Consider Occasional/Part Time Teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10 % of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today. Discover careers that change the world and further advancements in defense, technology, and engineering today at Northrop Grumman. Use your experience to grow your career and support our global customers with the technology, systems, and solutions they need to enable their missions on the front lines and secure our world every day. With Northrop Grumman, you’ll discover a culture built on diversity, respect, and above all teamwork. Together with our group of experts across the technical spectrum, you’ll discover opportunities to make a difference in our world and start solving some of the world’s most critical problems in the most innovative ways.  Northrop Grumman is currently seeking an experienced Mission Assurance Quality Engineer 3 or 4 level to support the Mission & Quality Assurance Functions at our Elkton, Maryland site. The Northrop Grumman Propulsion Systems and Controls (PS&C) facility in Elkton, Maryland began solid-propellant rocket operations in 1948. Today, the Elkton PS&C facility designs, develops, and produces solid-propellant propulsion and ordnance systems in programs professionally managed for a wide variety of Government and commercial customers.  The facility also serves as the hub for offsite engineering and test facilities in Ronkonkoma, NY, Palm Beach Gardens, FL and San Jose, CA. Job Summary:   Implement mission/flight assurance (MA) plans for individual programs supporting proposal, planning, design, manufacturing, integration, and test activities in accordance with company and contractual requirements. Work as a member of an integrated product team with NGIS Mission Assurance staff in various groups to address technical and quality issues, meet program requirements and ensure mission success. Interface with customers, vendors, and with NGIS Program Management, Planning, Supply Chain, Engineering, Manufacturing, Integration and Test organizations to identify and resolve quality and mission/flight assurance issues.   Job Responsibilities
  • Establish and maintain Quality Assurance programs, procedures and controls ensuring that products and services conform to company standards of excellence.
  • Support the development, implementation and maintenance of quality policy and procedures within the Quality Management System (QMS) including performing internal audits to assess conformance.
  • Interface with suppliers in the verification of product design, quality and reliability.
  • Review practices, procedures and processes seeking avenues to improve efficiency and effectiveness and reduce risk to product quality.
  • Interpret customer technical and MA requirements, and ensure these requirements are integrated into program plans, specifications and product drawings.
  • Ensure program contract requirements are flowed down internally and to suppliers.
  • Ensure compliance with contract program, quality, organizational, and industry alert requirements.
  • Provide oversight in discrepancy review and failure investigations, as well as cause and corrective action determinations. Analyze and interpret trends and executes improvements on key metrics.
  • Perform Root Cause and Corrective Action (RCCA) analysis, and Problem Solving activities on program-specific, quality system and business system deficiencies.
  • Represent Mission Assurance at various program reviews and review boards including but not limited to Configuration Control Board (CCB), Material Review Board (MRB), Program Management Reviews (PMR), Design/Peer Reviews, Manufacturing/Test Readiness Reviews and Corrective Action Board (CAB).
  • Ensure Risk Management activities (including Design/Process Failure Modes and Effects Analysis dFMEA/pFMEA) are executed according to standards and procedures.
  • Act as an advisor to management and customers on advanced technical research studies and applications relating to product quality.

  • This requisition may be filled at either a Principal Mission Assurance Engineer 3 or a Sr. Principal Mission Assurance Engineer 4 Basic Qualifications Mission Assurance Engineer 3:  
    • Requires Bachelor’s degree in Engineering plus 5 years’ experience in a related field or a Master’s degree in Engineering plus 3 years of experience or a PhD.
    • Application of technical expertise including complete understanding of fundamental engineering principles, practices, and theories
    • Able to read engineering documentation (drawings, models, specs), interpret drawing dimensions, features, and parts lists, develop inspection plans, and identify critical features
    • Intermediate to advanced computer skills including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Ability to understand and work with multiple enterprise-wide systems
    • Knowledge of Root Cause and Corrective Action tools, such as Ishikawa, FMEA, DOE,  KTA (Kepner Tregoe Analysis), 5Why, etc
    • Previous experience managing/supporting elements of a Quality Management System such as AS or ISO
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills as well as strong interpersonal and problem solving skills
    • Ability to work well in a team environment
    • Self-starter and able to work independently through complex technical problems towards an implementable solution
    • Ability to obtain a DoD Secret Clearance which requires US Citizenship as a prerequisite
      Basic Qualifications Principal Mission Assurance Engineer 4:  
    • Requires Bachelor’s degree in Engineering plus 9 years’ experience in a related field, Master’s degree in Engineering plus 7 years’ experience, or a PhD plus 4 years’ experience.
    • Application of technical expertise including complete understanding of fundamental engineering principles, practices, and theories
    • Able to read engineering documentation (drawings, models, specs), interpret drawing dimensions, features, and parts lists, develop inspection plans, and identify critical features
    • Intermediate to advanced computer skills including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Ability to understand and work with multiple enterprise-wide systems
    • Knowledge of Root Cause and Corrective Action tools, such as Ishikawa, FMEA, DOE,  KTA (Kepner Tregoe Analysis), 5Why, etc
    • Previous experience managing/supporting elements of a Quality Management System such as AS or ISO
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills as well as strong interpersonal and problem solving skills
    • Ability to work well in a team environment
    • Self-starter and able to work independently through complex technical problems towards an implementable solution
    • Ability to obtain a DoD Secret Clearance which requires US Citizenship as a prerequisite
      Preferred Qualifications:
    • Active Secret Security Clearance
    • Accredited certification in Quality and/or Mission assurance field
    • Familiarity with key materials, technologies and/or processes such as machining, welding, CT scanning, additive manufacturing, laser/light inspection techniques, and chemical processing
    • Demonstrated process control and improvement experience and knowledge of Lean, Six Sigma or similar tools 
      This position falls under a Federal Explosives License issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for this location.  Candidates hired into this role will be required to complete and submit an Employee Possessor Questionnaire to ATF for approval to be a possessor    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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