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Principal Manufacturing Engineer

Requisition ID: R10101686

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • Location Location: Redondo Beach, CA, USA   |  Unknown City, CA, USA +1 more
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
  • 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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautical Systems has an opening for an Engineer 3 commodity engineer to join our Strategic Sourcing Engineering team.  This role under Global Supply Chain (GSC) supplier management organization will perform sourcing, supplier development and sustainment support activities for multiple military air-vehicle program platforms for the NGAS sector.  This position is located in Redondo Beach, CA.  Flex available to work remotely part time with manager approval.  The Commodity Engineer is responsible for supply base technical management related to acquiring military hardware requirements. This position requires a motivated self-starter able to work independently and as a team player who can multi-task and communicate effectively with varying levels of program.


  • Provide sourcing recommendation to general procurement and major subcontract internal customers utilizing strategic sourcing tools.

  • Identifying and on-boarding new sources of supply for assigned commodities.

  • Conducting capability assessments, performing supplier audits and performance monitoring of suppliers for assigned commodities.

  • Support of mechanical commodities in strategic sourcing group.

  • Travel required up to 25%.

Required Skills:

  • Working knowledge of at least one of the following commodities: Machined parts, Sheet Metal, Composites, or Structural Assemblies

  • Work effectively with Engineering, and Materials & Processes (M&P) organizations to help resolve technical supplier challenges.

  • Support successful execution with Global Supply Chain and Supplier Quality organizations through the source selection and acquisition cycles.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technical, Engineering, or Mathematical) degree, with 5 years of experience in an Engineering or Manufacturing role; OR master’s degree with 3 years' experience in Engineering/Manufacturing

  • Demonstrated experience in interpreting engineering drawings and CAD models for fabrication of parts. (i.e. machines parts, sheet metal, composites)

  • 3D modeling experience with Siemens NX and/or CATIA

  • Experience using SAP, Windows software packages, and other electronic databases.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret clearance.

Preferred Experiences:

  • Prior direct work experience with CNC programming to fabricate aerospace parts.

  • Understanding of post-production processing requirement and familiarity with NADCAP (i.e., Chemical, Heat Treat, …)

  • ASME Y14.5 GD&T certification

  • In-depth experienced navigating transactions in SAP to extract data.

  • Knowledge of FAR & DFAR requirements

  • Knowledge of ISO 9001/AS9100 requirements

  • Special Access Program and/or DoD Top Secret clearance

This position reports to Redondo Beach, CA, USA, however, this position can also be worked from Unknown City, CA, CA, USA.

Salary Range: $95,000 USD - $142,400 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.