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Manager Supplier Quality 2

Requisition ID: R10059994

  • 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, 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 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 Electrical team for the east coast suppliers. The team is highly engaged with supporting the GSC Electrical Category teams. The position manages a team based in Linthicum, MD.

As a key leader of the Supplier Performance Management team, this leader collaborates closely with the division facing Supplier Quality/Performance managers, the Operations Execution team, Quality & Mission Excellence, GSC, Producibility and Programs 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.
  • Understand various manufacturing and test processes (e.g. conformal coating, plating, microelectronic manufacturing processes and methods, including wire bonding, die attach, die manufacturing, electronic packaging, SMT and PWB processes, environmental and electrical testing, etc.) to ensure proper support of suppliers and development of personnel.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in an engineering, technical, manufacturing, operations program management, or other related discipline
  • 9+ years of industry experience in Program or Project Management, Quality, Mission Assurance, Manufacturing, Global Supply Chain, Operations, or Engineering.
  • 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 and ability to lead of team of diverse technical talent
  • 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:

  • Master’s degree in an engineering or management field. Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering are highly preferred, but other engineering disciplines including Optical Engineering are key.
  • 2+ years of experience managing and/or leading teams.
  • Defense Industry experience as a Program or Project Manager, Quality Manager, Supplier Quality Manager, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Engineering Manager or Supply Chain Manager,
  • Familiarity with ISO 9001 / AS9100 Quality Management System certification process.
  • Lean / Six Sigma Green or Black Belt certification to drive continuous improvement.
  • Knowledge in various manufacturing and test processes (e.g. conformal coating, plating, microelectronic manufacturing processes and methods, including wire bonding, die attach, die manufacturing, electronic packaging, SMT and PWB processes, environmental and electrical testing, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to apply strong analytical skills. Demonstrated ability to apply strong analytical skills.
  • Certified Quality Engineer through ASQ
  • Certified Lead Auditor through ASQ
  • J-STD-001, IPC-A-600, IPC-A-610, IPC/WHMA-A-620, MIL-STD-883, GD&T, RCCA, and FAI AS9102
  • Understanding of earned value and fundamentals of program and cost account management


Salary Range: $124,600 USD - $186,800 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.