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Sr. Principal Supplier Manufacturing Engineer

Requisition ID: R10067042

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Unknown City, Kansas, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Full Time Teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 75% 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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Sr. Principal Supplier Manufacturing Engineer to support suppliers and engineering technical activities with an assigned supplier base. As a Supplier Manufacturing Engineer supporting Global Supply Chain’s Field Operations team you will be the on-site representative for Northrop Grumman at suppliers supporting various manufacturing challenges, engineering updates, supplier capacity and capability reviews, and critical part delivery oversight.

About Us: Supplier Manufacturing Engineering Field Operations (SME-FO) is a technical group of Mechanical, Electrical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineers who work to proactively resolve produce-ability and technical issues across the supply base. The SME-FO organization performs risk reduction and identification through proactive supplier engagement and critical part production oversight. The SME Field Operations team is Northrop Grumman’s technical boots on the ground at supplier site. (United States – Wichita, KS)

Essential Functions:

  • Serve as the technical liaison between NGC’s Integrated Product Teams and other Global Supply Chain teams

  • Provide daily communication guidance to the Procurement Organization and other IPT organizations regarding supplier base issues and activities 

  • Ensuring proper working processes and procedures are taking place at the supply base in accordance to, and in compliance with all other NGC requirements. Monitor, manage, and provide visibility of supplier manufacturing performance in support of purchase order requirements as required

  • Perform critical part production oversight, supplier milestone management, and various on-site supplier delivery management support when needed

  • Ensure compliance of off-site tooling(s) and manufacturing policies regularly per Sector and Global Business Area requirements

  • Generate weekly progress reports of all supplier critical issues to management and other internal stakeholders

  • Support daily/weekly investigation(s), development and implementation of supplier’s corrective action measures with respect to non-conforming processes

  • Evaluate supplier’s capability(s) when called upon for capacity issues, process control activities and make needed recommendations regarding utilization of the NGC supplier base back to the GSC organization

  • Participate in supplier reviews of technical data packages necessary to ensure constraints resolved to meet requirements

This position requires up-to daily local and recurring out-of-state travel between suppliers. Must have the ability to travel up to 75% including of out-of-state travel. Ideally the candidate will already reside in the United States – Wichita, KS or surrounding areas

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline from an accredited university with at least 9-years of engineering and/or manufacturing experience OR a Master’s Degree in (STEM) with 7-years’ engineering/manufacturing experience OR a PhD Degree in (STEM) with 4-years of engineering/manufacturing experience

  • (Significant manufacturing experience may be accepted in lieu of STEM degree)

  • You are a responsive, adaptive, self-starter who works to proactively identify risks

  • Require strong manufacturing background in either machining, electronics, sheet metal, tooling or composites

  • Project management experience

  • Understanding of common aeronautics standards and specifications

  • Prior experience communicating verbally and presenting on technical topics cross-functionally / across all levels

  • Ability to understand/ interpret engineering documents/drawings

  • Ability to obtain and maintain at minimum a DoD Secret level clearance within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the company to meet its business needs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, or similar

  • Understanding of various special processes (heat treat, ultrasonic inspection, welding etc…)

  • Prior supply chain experience

  • Extensive aerospace machine shop experience, composite, and sheet metal fabrication 

  • Experience as a parts integrator or expediter

  • Experience in electronics and/or additive manufacturing

  • Tooling background

  • Aerospace assembly operations background

  • Exposure to major programs including F-35


Salary Range: $103,900 USD - $155,900 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.