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Senior Principal Process Engineer

Requisition ID: R10095747

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Devens, MA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available 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.

Adaptive Optics Associates – Xinetics (AOX), a wholly-owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division Business Venture, is a leading supplier of complex electro-optic and photonic systems and subsystems that control and manipulate light waves for a variety of applications. We are seeking a Process Engineer to support our manufacturing operations in Devens MA.


The Process Engineer will be responsible for the execution and support of current projects and programs in the area of PMN actuators of various configurations. The incumbent will be responsible for the day activities associated with the manufacture of electrostictive ceramic actuators and systems.

Specifically, the Process Engineer will be responsible for daily production and process development. They will be the technical interface between the product engineering staff and production. The position activities will include but are not limited to:

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • As a member of the MA Manufacturing Engineering Organization, would work collaboratively with peers and peer organizations in the development and production of PMN actuator products including assembly and test.

  • This role would support project work from new product introduction to ramp up of current production in support of the targeted business growth objectives.

  • Develops engineering processes, monitored process metrics and associated manufacturing work cell functionality. Manufacturing processes shall enable the manufacturing of current and future AOX products that meet technical specifications, high quality standards, and relevant agency compliance requirements.

  • Identify and propose manufacturing improvements projects in collaboration with team members including the following: manufacturing process improvement, yield management, production rate improvement and work cell enhancements and procurement. Use fundamental physical and materials science principles to drive production and design changes that result in superior products.

  • Responding to production process problems and driving the implementation of solutions. Collaborate with Quality Engineers to reduce defects and maintain high production yield rates.

  • Customer-facing responsibilities as it relates to Process Engineering; (i) Support briefings and technical meetings with external customers; and (ii) periodically address customer manufacturing engineering issues and concerns as the company’s POC. This includes the creation of technical presentations that may or may not be presented by the individual.

  • Identify systems and process goals to ensure that work cells and equipment meet operational performance and usage requirements.

  • Technical recommendations and oversight of external suppliers that provide manufacturing services to the Actuator value stream.

  • Collaborates with Product Engineering regarding design concepts and specification requirements to best use work cell capabilities and manufacturing processes to assure “design for manufacturing” products.

Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. in a S.T.E.M. discipline with 9+ applicable experience, or 5+ years experience with a Masters degree.

  • Knowledge in ASME Y14.5-2009, Dimensioning and Tolerancing specification

  • Clear, concise oral and written communication skills

  • Proficiency in MS Office applications including MS Visio

  • Proven root-cause and Ishikawa analysis skill sets

Preferred Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Material science

  • Experience with automated manufacturing work cells with respect to programing and qualifying same

  • Experience in ceramic manufacturing

Salary Range: $117,700 USD - $176,500 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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