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Principal Engineer – Supplier Manufacturing – Level 3

Requisition ID: R10066444

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Redondo Beach, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: 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.

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems has an opening for an Engineer 3 to join our Supplier Manufacturing Engineering team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, CA.

Designs manufacturing processes, procedures and production layouts for assemblies, equipment installation, processing, machining and material handling. Designs arrangement of machines within plant facilities to ensure most efficient and productive layout. Designs sequence of operations and specifies procedures for the fabrication of tools and equipment and other functions that affect product performance. Adapts machine or equipment design to factory and production conditions. May incorporate inspection and test requirements into the production plan. Inspects performance of machinery, equipment, and tools to verify their efficiency, and investigates and initiates corrective action of problems and deficiencies to ensure product quality. Develops manufacturing processes that are applicable to statistical process control, and may develop those techniques. Provides guidance to engineering regarding design concepts and specification requirements to best utilize equipment and manufacturing techniques. Ensures processes and procedures are in compliance with regulations.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of what’s 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.

 This highly visible position requires a motivated self-starter with a manufacturing background in military aircraft composite, machine part and mechanical assemblies that has excellent interpersonal skills to respond to program customer needs. The candidate will also be involved with resolving supplier production questions, tooling needs and will thrive in a small, high performance team environment. Candidate must have a demonstrated ability to multi-task and communicate effectively with varying levels of program customers and functional organization leadership.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to: Support F-35 program external production activities through coordination with internal and external stakeholders. Provide technical support and requirements integration between customer, engineering and suppliers. Provide Subject Matter Expertise to resolve supplier technical questions and issues related to product topics. Provide assessment of supplier’s new technology, capability and manufacturing process maturity.  Ensure producibility and affordability of designs and manufacturing systems are communicated succinctly between suppliers and the program NGC engineering teams.

Travel required: up to 10%  

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Science in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) degree, with 5 years of experience in an aerospace or military aviation Engineering or Manufacturing engineering role; or Masters Degree in STEM with 3 years of experience in an engineering role
  • Demonstrated experience to formulate and execute technical solutions to part, assembly and tooling challenges
  • Demonstrated Project Management experience
  • Demonstrated experience using SAP, Windows software packages and other electronic databases
  • Have the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior Supplier Technical Management experience with manufacturing of military hardware
  • Experience working on F-35 using CATIA V and Teamcenter and JDL.
  • Experienced with NGC ERP and accountability tools (SAP, MES, AssetSmart, etc)
  • Knowledge of FAR & DFAR requirements
  • Active DoD Secret clearance


Salary Range: $92,200 USD - $138,400 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.