Mgr Supplier Quality 2

Requisition ID: R10042424

  • Category IconCategory: Mission and Quality Assurance
  • Location IconLocation: Linthicum, Maryland, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% 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 Mission Systems Sector is seeking a Manager, Supplier Quality Engineering 2 to join the sector Supplier Performance Management Team within the Advanced and Strategic Global Supply Chain (GSC) team.  This position will lead the Supplier Performance Field Engineering team for the NGMS sector and includes the continued integration and support for the GSC Category teams. This position may be located in Baltimore, MD; San Diego, CA; or Woodland Hills, C

As a key leader of the Supplier Performance Management team, this leader collaborates closely with the division Supplier Quality/Performance managers, the newly launched Operations Execution team, Quality & Mission Excellence and GSC to provide strategic thought leadership and preventive solutions to ensure the quality of procured material and services. Qualified candidates will have demonstrated success leading a large organization, meeting and exceeding internal customer expectations, working with various disciplines within the aerospace industry as well as suppliers with a consistent focus on positioning the team for success. The position requires a solution-based individual, unwavering ethics and values, and the demonstrated ability to be a trusted partner. 

Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Provide clear assignments, help employees connect their efforts to the bigger picture, create an inclusive work environment characterized by mutual respect, valuing of differences, and creating and maintaining a culture that motivates employees to perform at their best. 
  • Ensure organizational policies, procedures and work instructions are best in class and effectively and efficiently implemented
  • Establish and monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and related data points to identify and pursue systemic improvement opportunities with our supply base.
  • Develop organizational strategies to improve supplier quality performance, resourcing, and create efficiencies.  Work to clear obstacles for the team and the NGMS operations organization in order to position us, our suppliers and our programs for success.
  • Serve as leader to develop appropriate metrics to drive process and performance improvements.  Well versed in the development and assessment of RCCA’s.  Depth of knowledge in industry RCCA tools and methodologies.
  • Collaboratively develop tools to improve efficiencies within the organization and improve visibility for both internal SQ and QME/GSC/PMO partners
  • Serve as leader within Supplier Quality organization to ensure progress to organizational improvement initiatives
  • Develop and instill data-driven processes to measure supplier quality performance.  Assess tools and methodologies for product and process inspections and assessments today and continue to improve and evolve from a state of the art and innovative perspective.
  • Promote the professional development of the Supplier Quality team and foster a collaborative culture that sustains the momentum around employee engagement and inclusion, affordability, innovation, value growth and continuous improvement.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree and 9+ years of industry experience in Program or Project Management, Quality, Mission Assurance, Manufacturing, Global Supply Chain, Operations, or Engineering.
  • Experience managing and/or leading teams or projects.
  • Experience in Lean Six Sigma methodologies and tools.
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Office programs and databases.
  • Excellent written and verbal interpersonal, communication, leadership and mentoring skills and confidence to brief upper management on a regular basis.
  • Demonstrate strong leadership characteristics
  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills.
  • Experience in the oversight and management of suppliers, supplier evaluations and supplier metrics reporting.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the program / product lifecycle in the areas of supply chain management, operations, inventory control, production control, product test & evaluation, root cause analysis, product sell off, shipping and product support as they apply to quality.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in STEM preferably in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, System Engineering, Material Science Engineering, Material Science or Supply Chain.
  • Master’s degree in an engineering or management field. Specifically in mechanical engineering.
  • Familiarity with ISO 9001 / AS9100 Quality Management System certification process.
  • Certified Quality Engineer through ASQ
  • Certified Lead Auditor through ASQ
  • Defense Industry experience as a Program or Project Manager, Quality Manager, Supplier Quality Manager, Supply Chain Manager, Engineering Manager or Manufacturing Management
  • Lean / Six Sigma Green or Black Belt certification to drive continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply strong analytical skills. Demonstrated ability to apply strong analytical skills.
  •  Familiarity with J-std, IPC 610, IPC 620, GD&T, RCCA, FAI,
  • Knowledge in various manufacturing processes (e.g. machining, brazing, welding, etc.)


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.