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Requisition ID: R10052223

  • Category IconCategory: Non-CJCS
  • Location IconLocation: Sykesville, Maryland, 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: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 2

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.

At Northrop Grumman, innovation isn’t just an idea - it’s a way of life.

Our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people’s lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future and have a lot of fun along the way.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking a talented Quality Assurance Lead to join our team in Sykesville, MD.

Responsibilities will be:

  • Assist in coordinating inspection priorities daily. 
  • Attend daily standups with multi-disciplinary teams across all levels of operations.  
  • Assist in training/mentoring of inspectors and assisting shop floor operators as needed. 
  • Complete special assignment inspections requested by Quality engineering/Quality Analysts. 
  • Evaluate in-process and completed sub-assemblies and systems and identify defects in accordance with governing documentation.
  • Perform inspections using tooling and check-off lists for the complete inspection of sub-assemblies and systems. 
  • Interface with manufacturing operations and engineering personnel to improve processes and documentation issues.
  • Conduct inspections of complex components to determine, from visual and dimensional checks, piece/part conditions that contribute to, or cause, defects.
  • Perform in-process, sampling, First Article Inspections, and final inspection on a variety of complete electromechanical LRUs and systems. Visually inspect for appropriate electrical assembly specifications and standards.
  • Review metrics, procedures, and techniques used to inspect materials, parts, units, and/or systems that improperly passed inspection, in order to make necessary corrections to prevent recurrence.
  • Perform ISO Audits as required by audit coordinator after receiving certification.
  • Customer and government (DCMA) interface are required for in-process inspections through final inspections as well as contract end item submittals and final pack and shipping process.
  • Perform as a Quality Process Control Aide in an AS-9100 process-oriented organization.

Basic Qualifications: 

  • High School diploma or equivalent and 6+ years additional education and/or related experience.
  • SAP experience.
  • Quality inspection and electromechanical assembly experience.
  • Drawing review experience.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense (DoD) Confidential clearance. U.S. citizenship required.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • AS 9100/ISO 9001 knowledge 
  • Experience interfacing with DoD customers
  • Active Department of Defense (DoD) Confidential clearance.
  • Proven experience working independently
  • An effective communicator with experience collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams across all levels of operations
  • Customer and DCMA interface 
  • Experience with Internal auditing


Salary Range: $48,204 USD - $117,296 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.