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Principal / Sr Principal Mission Assurance Engineer

Requisition ID: R10051755

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Ridgecrest, 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.

Put your skills to the test by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.  From global defense to sustainment and modernization to mission readiness, your experience and ability will make it a reality.  Our programs are built on equal parts of curiosity and collaboration.  Our combined efforts means our customers can connect and defend millions of people around the world.  With Northrop Grumman, you’ll have the opportunity to be an essential part of projects that will define your career, now and in the future. 

Northrop Grumman is seeking a Principal Mission Assurance Engineer or a Sr. Principal Mission Assurance Engineer for our Ridgecrest, CA. location.

Job Description

To Implement Quality Assurance Program Plans for individual flight hardware programs addressing design, manufacturing, integration, and test activities in accordance with company and contractual requirements. Work as a member of an integrated product team of the Northrop Grumman Defense Systems, Advanced Weapons Business Unit Safety & Mission Assurance staff in various groups to address technical issues, meet program requirements and ensure mission success. Interface with customers, vendors, and with Integration & Test and Engineering organizations to identify and resolve mission/flight assurance issues. Provide support to Mission Assurance Management in review of various activities including ensuring AS9100D compliance throughout site policies, procedures and practices.

Key Job Responsibilities (but not limited to):

  • Provide Mission Assurance oversight of production processes and supporting activities.
  • Execute Safety and Quality Assurance programs, procedures and controls ensuring that products and services conform to company standards of excellence.
  • Adjudicate and process preliminary and final dispositions for product and service non-conformances.
  • Support the development, implementation and maintenance of Mission Assurance policies and procedures.
  • Interface with suppliers in the verification of product design and reliability.
  • Process non-conformances and issue and manage Corrective Actions Requests.
  • Interpret customer technical and mission assurance requirements to ensure these requirements are integrated into program plans, specifications and product drawings.
  • Provide oversight in non-conformance review, failure investigations, as well as cause, corrective action and preventive action determinations. Analyze and interpret trends and execute improvements on key metrics.
  • Represents Mission Assurance at different program reviews and review boards including Configuration Control Board (CCB), Corrective Action Board (CAB) and Material Review Board (MRB).
  • Ensure Risk Management activities (DFMEA, PFMEA) are executed according to standards and procedures.
  • Ensure program contract requirements are flowed down internally and to suppliers, ensures compliance with contract program, quality, organizational, and industry alert requirements.
  • Review and approve design documentation (Qualification Reports, Drawings, ATPs, BOMs, etc).
  • Review and approve production documentation (assembly instructions, MOs and rework instructions).
  • Provide oversight in receiving inspection activities of supplier provided material.
  • Interface with and support DCMA activities including audits and Government Source Inspection (GSI).
  • Provide Mission Assurance Engineering oversight at the Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake.


Basic Qualifications for a Level 3 are:

  • High school diploma/GED and a minimum of nine (9) years of related mission assurance engineering experience. Will consider a Bachelor's degree and a minimum of five (5) years of mission assurance engineering, or a Master's degree and a minimum of three (3) years of mission assurance engineering experience.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance within a timeframe set forth by management.
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to read engineering documentation and inspect drawings and parts lists, inspection plans, and supplemental instructions.
  • Knowledge base in Root Cause Analysis tools, such as Ishikawa, FMEA, DOE, 8D, 5 Why, etc.

Basic qualifications for a Level 4 are:

  • High school diploma/GED and a minimum of thirteen (13) years of related mission assurance engineering experience. Will consider a Bachelor's degree and a minimum of nine (9) years of mission assurance engineering, or a Master's degree and a minimum of seven (7) years of mission assurance engineering experience. Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance within a timeframe set forth by management.
  • Ability to read engineering documentation and inspect drawings and parts lists, inspection plans, and supplemental instructions.
  • Knowledge base in Root Cause Analysis tools, such as Ishikawa, FMEA, DOE, 8D, 5 Why, etc.
  • Able to obtain a Security Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current/Active Secret clearance.
  • Costpoint and TipQA experience a plus.
  • Proficient with AS9102 and AS9100D standards.
  • Working knowledge or certification(s) in IPC-A-610, IPC/WHMA-A-620 and J-STD-001 standards.


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Salary Range: $92,200 USD - $138,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $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.