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Senior Principal Systems Engineer – Advanced Manufacturing Operations for Sensor Products

Requisition ID: R10080847

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions 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.

The Advanced Operations team of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) is seeking a Senior Principal Systems Engineer.

The Advanced Operations team engages with low manufacturing readiness level (MRL) programs in business divisions and the Engineering Science and Technology (ES&T) functional business unit to ensure manufacturing capabilities required for strategic applications are being developed and are ready for implementation into production.

The Systems Engineer engages with the business divisions during pre-proposal and proposal program phases to offer insight into higher yielding, novel, and evolving manufacturing processes. Additionally, she/he will develop a broader understanding of all the business development needs in a business division. This position may require performing the manufacturing portion of a Manufacturing Readiness Assessment (MRA) as well as assisting other functions in their assessments. Based on the MRA, the Systems Engineer is responsible for working with the development integrated product teams (IPTs) to develop Manufacturing Maturity Plans (MMP).

This team also aligns manufacturing capital and internal research and development (IRAD) resources to the development of discriminating technologies (identified based on the technology roadmaps and common architecture approaches) including additive manufacturing, advanced packaging, automation/robotics, electro/optics, data analytics, and digital fabric.

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
•Interface with business division to stay current with new concept and proposal programs
•Technical interface for Business Division integrated program teams (IPT) for projects that are MRL 5 or less
•Support technical manufacturing aspects of developing MRAs and MMPs
•Partner with Global Supply Chain and the IPTs in making smart make/buy/align decisions
•Participate in producibility reviews for new product designs
•Recommend design improvements to produce lower cost/higher performing products
•Understand and translate state-of-the-art process capabilities and guidelines for product designers by interfacing with manufacturing subject matter experts
•Develop discriminating IRAD and capital investment plans with the rest of the MTE team

The ideal candidate:

•Is self-motivated and passionate about next generation sensor technology

•Must be able to understand complex technical issues and frame them in context for program management and functional Vice Presidents alike

•Has excellent organizational and communication skills
•Has the ability to find technical adjacencies across different sensor product applications. These adjacencies will be paired with IRAD, capital and MTA planning to ensure common processes are used to optimize NGMS resources.

PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR THIS JOB, HYBRID TELECOMMUTING requires that you are in the office around 50% of the time.

Basic Qualifications:

•Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, science or other relevant STEM area plus 9 years of experience or a Master’s degree with 7 years of relevant experience (or 4 years with a PhD)
•Broad knowledge of processes and materials used to make Actively Electronically Scanned Arrays (AESA) including semiconductor technology, microelectronic assembly, surface mount technology and materials for RF performance
•Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DOD Secret clearance. This requires US Citizenship.

Preferred Qualifications:
•5 or more years of manufacturing process engineering related experience
•2 or more years of program experience (operations program manager, program management)
•Familiarity with process development and control methodologies such as Design of Experiment (DOE), Statistical Process Control (SPC), and 6 sigma concepts
•Knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) and experience with automated equipment
•Understanding of factory costing methodology and process yield metrics
•Basic understanding of concepts related to typical manufacturing systems such as: MRP, kitting, batch sizing, configuration control and work flow routings
•Familiarity with MIL-STD, JEDEC and Space class hardware requirements


Salary Range: $123,800 USD - $185,800 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.