Principal Industrial Engineer – Proposal Estimator

Requisition ID: R10015536

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Sunnyvale - CA, 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 Mission Systems (NGMS) is seeking a Principal Industrial Engineer - Proposal Estimator to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in Sunnyvale, CA. You will be joining an energetic Industrial Engineering team that supports a low volume, high-mix manufacturing environment.

What You'll get to Do:

This is an Industrial Engineering position working as an Estimator of factory direct and indirect labor. The successful candidate will estimate factory labor on request for proposals submitted by our customers, as well as support in-house estimate requests. You will be expected to analyze specifications, statements of work, bills of material, sample layouts, engineering drawings, labor reports, etc. and calculate labor hours based on program history, analogous data, or similar projects for the proposal. You must be well organized and have excellent communication and writing skills in order to develop and present clear and concise Basis of Estimate (BOE) documents for proposal submission. You will be expected to collect, maintain, and prepare cost data from internal and external organizations, create cost models for cost estimating elements, prepare cost analysis and present findings to management, contract personnel, proposal coordinators, customer representatives and government price auditors. You will coordinate multiple proposal requests and provide support in fact finding meetings. You will participate in cost and pricing reviews with management, customer representatives, and provide support to the contract negotiating team. Between active proposals the candidate will support process improvements and perform other cost savings initiatives as assigned.

Additional responsibilities may include:

  • Analyze and design sequence of operations and work flow to improve efficiencies in plant and production facilities and equipment layouts; and establishes methods for maximum utilization of production facilities and personnel.
  • May establish or assist in establishing accident prevention measures and may manage training programs for personnel concerning all phases of production operations.
  • Conduct studies pertaining to cost control, cost reduction, inventory control, and production record systems. On the basis of these studies, develops and implements plans and programs for facility modifications and revisions to operating methods.
  • May assist facilities engineers in the planning and design of facilities.



Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Science Degree with 5+ years of experience; Masters Degree with 3+ years of experience; 0 Years with PhD.
  • Background in cost estimating and manufacturing/industrial engineering.
  • Understanding of labor and support labor relationships.
  • Sound reasoning and mathematical skills including an understanding of learning curve theories.
  • Understanding of recurring and non-recurring manufacturing labor processes and statements of work.
  • Ability to design, update, and implement new cost reports and/or models.
  • The ability to work cross-functionally with engineering, operations, pricing, contracts and supply chain peers is essential.
  • Excellent MS Office Suite experience (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Concise communication, planning, and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and emotional intelligence skills, a team player.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with the manufacturing of turbines, gears, and other components utilized by the United States Navy in their submarines and surface ships.
  • Familiarity with ERP systems.
  • Basic understanding of Risk Management, Continuous Improvement, Labor Learning impacts.

Salary Range: 92000 - 138000

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. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 ( we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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.

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We offer an array of benefits to give you the support you need, including matching 401K, tuition assistance, health insurance and wellness options, coaching, mentoring and more.