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Staff Engineer Quality

Requisition ID: R10056305

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Sykesville, Maryland, 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 to join our team in Sykesville, MD.

The Program Quality Engineer develops, modifies, applies and maintains quality evaluation and control systems and protocols for processing materials into finished materials product, focusing on defect minimization and process improvement.

  • 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

  • BS degree in STEM related field + 14 years of relevant experience; MS Degree + 12 years of relevant experience; PhD with 9+ years of relevant experience
  • Ability to obtain Secret Clearance
  • Solid written and verbal interpersonal, communication skills and confidence to brief senior management with solid foundation in Mission Assurance applications.
  • Ability to coordinate customer communications across multiple sites
  • Ability to work in cross-functional teams to resolve problems or issues
  • Trained and experienced in performing Root Cause Corrective Action investigations
  • Experience working with electrical or mechanical design requirements and specifications.
  • Participate in corrective action boards using analytic techniques to identify trends in manufacturing

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active DoD Secret clearance
  • Knowledge of NQA-1
  • Knowledge of Department of Energy 10 CFR 830
  • Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or Industrial Engineering
  • Experience working with manufacturing, integration, and test
  • Experience in planning and organizing activities across multiple manufacturing locations
  • Experience with AS9100/ISO9001 Quality Management
  • Record of increasing responsibility supporting manufacturing, electrical, and mechanical engineering organizations


Salary Range: $135,400 USD - $203,200 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

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.

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.