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Industrial Engineer 3 – Space Components

Requisition ID: R10077722

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: San Diego, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No
  • 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.

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

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.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission.

Northrop Grumman Space Components Business Unit designs, manufactures and operates small and medium-class spacecraft for communications, imaging, scientific, exploration and national security space applications. The Group is leading supplier of space components that power and enable satellites of all classes, provides technical engineering services to government agencies and laboratories, and is developing exciting new satellite servicing and advanced space flight technologies.

Northrop Grumman Space Components Business Unit is seeking qualified and motivated professionals for the role of Industrial Engineer. 

As an Industrial Engineer this function supports the Industrial Engineering and Scheduling organization with process improvements and systems integration projects. This will include contiuous improvement activities throughout their assigned area. This could include general 5S support, setting up and running kaizens, visual management development, and standard work. Additionally, the role will support Capital Facilities Projects associated with improving, modernizing, and upgrading assembly, integration, and test areas.

This role requires strong project management skills and experience, excellent communication skills, strong organizational skills, and acting in partnership with the Facilities Engineering Project Manager, and the functional teams (Process Work centers, Value Stream Managers, Manufacturing Engineering, Design / Analysis Engineering, & Test Engineering) to help with the planning, logistics, and requirements verification of project(s).

This position will be in San Diego, CA and will be on 1st shift

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement plans that ensure the timely availability and effective utilization of labor, general facilities & space utilization, equipment, & tooling resources enabling the achievement of program delivery and cost milestones

  • Conducts studies pertaining to cost control, cost reduction, inventory control, and production record systems

  • Based on outcomes from the studies, develop and implement plans and programs for facility modifications and revisions to operating methods

  • May assist facility engineers in the planning and design of facilities

  • Develop and summarize analysis for the acquisition, maintenance & enhancement of capital assets and miscellaneous equipment

  • Provide capacity planning, shop-loading and staffing analysis for functional production teams

  • Analyze existing operational processes and develops metrics and reporting to optimize and improve program & operational performance

  • May be required to support more than one product line and manufacturing area(s), as well as support multiple program or production managers

  • Will require to do some light lifting, taping of floors, organize shop areas, facilitate equipment movements, etc.

  • Advance / perpetuate lean manufacturing (5S, 5 Why, Ishikawa Diagrams, Standard Work, kaizen, Visual Management, etc.) as much as possible through teaching, demonstration, and general communication

  • Support kaizen activities (participation, kaizen champion, leader/co-leader, and/or facilitator)

  • Pull together consensus and act as a point of reference for developing and implementing continuous improvement projects based on that consensus

  • Analyze existing operational processes and develop sense for operational needs of team members

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in STEM with 5+ years of experience performing Industrial Engineering roles and/or functions; OR Master’s Degree in STEM with 3 years of experience performing Industrial Engineering roles and/or functions

  • 1-2 years minimum experience working in a manufacturing environment and hands on experience using shop floor production system (MES)

  • Experience using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems (SAP or Cost-Point etc.)

  • Proficient with AutoCAD or Visio software

  • US Citizen

  • Exposure to Lean manufacturing and continuous improvement.

Preferred qualifications

  • Lean or Six Sigma Certification

  • Demonstrated experience as an “agent of change” through hands-on implementation of Lean, continuous improvement, etc.

  • Ability to tailor your message to any audience

  • Familiarity with aerospace, space, and composites is highly desired

  • Exposure / familiarity to UG NX, Solidworks, Catia, etc. is a plus

  • Experience with SQL, Python, HTML, VBA, JavaScript, or other programming languages.

  • Experience with agile methods of project management or development.

  • Proficient in MS Project, Excel & PowerPoint, and pivot tables

  • Excellent communicator

  • Demonstrated ability to work both as a team member and individual contributor

  • Experience working with cross-functional teams in a manufacturing environment.

  • Experience with creating static and dynamic capacity models.

  • Experience with data mining, data analysis, or data visualization software applications.

  • Experience with improving manufacturing workflow using optimization, modeling, or simulation methods.


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.