Staff Engineer Quality

Requisition ID: R10016286

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Sykesville - MD, 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 is seeking a talented Program Quality Engineer (PQE) to join our team in Sykesville, Maryland. The main duties of this position include:

  • The PQE will have a thorough and complete understanding of Quality Assurance regulations and standards.  The PQE must be willing to receive training, and become proficient in the Nuclear Quality Assurance (NQA-1) standard, and establish an NQA-1 Program and Quality Assurance Plan and implementing documents that meets the applicable requirements of the following: 
  • 1. ISO 9001:2015 International Standards Organization Quality Management Systems Standard
  • 2. 10 CFR 830 Subpart A Nuclear Safety Management
  • 3. DOE Order 414.1D Department of Energy Order, Quality Assurance
  • 4. ASME NQA-1a-2008 with NQA-1a-2009 addenda.

  • Serve as the primary customer liaison between MA and the customer, to include supplier evaluations, customer inquiries and visits, and audit support. 
  • Perform quality & administrative procedure and implementing document development - revision for the control of design, procurement, manufacturing as well as sub-contract activities. 
  • Overall program life-cycle support, including contract requirements flow-down. Planning efforts, to include providing support to the overall effort of generating Basis of Estimates (BOEs) and Cost Account Manager (CAM)/ Operations Engineering Manager (OEM) role. Provide representation at program meetings, design reviews, CCBs, and metrics meetings.
  • Provide manufacturing cell support, including researching requirements, such as workmanship and design, and reviewing test data. Understanding and interpreting specifications and manufacturing aids. Creation and dispositioning of quality notifications and MRBs.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with customers (internal and external) as well as across functional organizations, including Engineering, Manufacturing, and Global Supply Chain to ensure quality standards are in place.
  • Understand our Quality Management System (QMS) and conduct Root Cause and Corrective Action (RCCA) for identified non-conformances.  Conduct internal audits for non-conformance identification and correction. Ensure that corrective measures meet acceptable standards, collect Objective Quality Evidence (OQE) and ensure overall compliance with requirements.  Facilitate "zero defect" continual improvement efforts.
  • Possess organizational skills and ability to juggle multiple shifting priorities. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related STEM field. 
  • 14+ years of relevant experience (12+ years with a related Master’s degree).
  • Ability to obtain a Department of Defense (DoD) Secret clearance (U.S. Citizenship required). 
  • Experience with ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems 
  • Knowledge of Root Cause and Corrective Action

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of NQA-1
  • Knowledge of Department of Energy 10 CFR 830
  • Holds an interim or active Secret clearance


Salary Range: 135000 - 202400

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.