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Principal Obsolescence Engineer

Requisition ID: R10047839

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: San Diego, 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 Aeronautics Systems sector has an opening for a Level 3 Lead Obsolescence Principal Systems Engineer to support our Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) group to join our team of qualified and diverse individuals within our Supportability Engineering organization. This position will be located in our Rancho Bernardo San Diego California facility.

In this role you will serve as program Lead DMSMS Engineer and perform System and Component level Lifecycle Management Engineering activities in support of the NATO Global Hawk UAV program.

Key Responsibilities:

The candidate must have excellent inter-personal, written, and verbal communication skills as well as proven leadership skills to lead teams of engineers, logisticians, buyers, etc. in pursuing recommendations for resolution of DMSMS challenges. The candidate will focus on systems affected by obsolescence issues and help coordinate solutions to minimize or prevent impacts to production or sustainment contracts.  Key functions of the position are:

  • Gather, collect, record, track, and verify data from multiple sources and maintain DMSMS records
  • Conduct system level analysis to determine the impact of an obsolescence issue and collaborate with Engineers and Suppliers to analyze and determine solution options.
  • Assist Engineering groups with the selection and validation of replacement components
  • Facilitate DMS resolution activities including scheduling meetings, briefings, and discussion topics, preparation of agendas and meeting minutes, and participate in working groups and ad hoc committees/meetings
  • Interact with other internal departments to ensure understanding of DMSMS processes, and how external departments contribute to the successful resolution of DMSMS issues
  • Analyze and predict production and sustainment requirements to construct strategic DMS roadmaps for end-of-life subsystems and components
  • Engage with suppliers, senior management, and government customers to ensure coordination and integration of DMSMS resolution activities
  • Present DMSMS impact information, detailed resolution option plans, and status of progress on solution implementation activities to senior management and government customers
  • Work with suppliers to define and coordinate solution paths to ensure DMSMS issues are resolved at the lowest cost while maintaining high quality and reliability
  • Assist in developing program metrics for evaluating the effectiveness of DMSMS activities, and assist in the improvement efforts to better communicate department performance
  • Collaborate with Program Managers and Contracts department in the development of Statements of Work (SOW) and Basis of Estimates (BOE) for DMSMS task scope definitions

We offer flexible work arrangements, 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off, phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a friendly team environment. We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to help us grow our services and become even better at what we do.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) with 5 years of previous related professional/military experience working in an Engineering or Technical position, with the ability to create and review technical documentation
  • Familiarity with Obsolescence Management concepts and processes
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to understand lower-level engineering issues and their impact at higher system levels
  • Knowledge of configuration management of complex assemblies and experience with electrical and mechanical component evaluation and selection.
  • Solid written and oral communications as well as presentation skills to communicate work products, especially its significance and relevancy, in a clear, detailed manner.
  • Experience using Excel or comparable tools to perform data sorting and statistical analysis with linear regression and trending with visual representations of data and results.
  • Familiarity with Project Management processes and procedures
  • Master’s degree in Electrical, Mechanical or Systems Engineering
  • Experience with database management and data mining techniques
  • Prior experience with data analytics and visualization techniques including Tableau
  • Active DoD Secret Clearance

Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 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.